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Sustainable Development >>

Water: The New Blue Economy?

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Directory 2015)
As companies plan for the future, water keeps pushing itself onto their agendas like an incessant tide. Water resources clearly are rising in significance in many site location decisions, and industry participants expect ‘water pressure’ to keep climbing. More
Features
Annual Gold Shovel Economic Development Awards >>

Slideshow: 2014 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Directory 2015)
Shown here are 12 of the recipients of Area Development’s 2014 Gold & Silver awards, which were bestowed in recognition of the states’ efforts to capture new facility and expansion projects that resulted in significant investment and job creation. All told, 20 states were recognized for their efforts. More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

Skillfully Managing a Manufacturing Reshoring Project

Rosemary Coates, President, Blue Silk Consulting (Directory 2015)
There’s more involved in successfully reshoring a foreign manufacturing operation back to the U.S. than simple cost comparisons. These initiatives have many moving parts and require careful planning. So where should a company begin? More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Decision-Makers, Drivers, and Inner Workings of the Location Selection Process

Lawrence Moretti, Principal, LFM Corporate Location Solutions (Directory 2015)
Those charged with making the location decision look to satisfy the company’s long-term goals, while achieving a return on the investment and minimizing risk. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Planning for Expansion in Secondary Markets

Steve Jaffe, Chief Investment Officer and Principal, BH Properties (Directory 2015)
With increased demand for industrial space in primary markets, expanding or relocating business may find that secondary markets can meet prospective needs while offering financial benefits over core MSAs. More
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

Reducing Industrial Facility Costs with Sustainable Planning

David Verner, RA, NCARB, Senior Vice President, Gresham, Smith and Partners (Directory 2015)
Long-term savings achieved by sustainable facility design can trump short-term savings, while also resulting in a more productive, environmentally conscious workplace. More
DCs / Warehousing >>

How a Global Tire Manufacturer Finds the Perfect Match in a Distribution Center Location

Jamie Lominack, Corporate Real Estate Manager, Michelin North America (Directory 2015)
At least 80 percent of the cost of a tire comes from the logistics and transportation of moving that tire through the supply chain – as such, identifying the ideal location for a DC is a crucial process for a global company like Michelin. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Facilities Management on the Frontier of Service and Technology

Maureen Ehrenberg, Executive Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), JLL (Directory 2015)
Technology has had a major influence on facilities in recent years — affecting everything from where a company needs to locate, to building infrastructure, to space requirements. It has also changed the job description for facility managers, professionals increasingly in short supply. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Leading Practices to Consider When Beginning the Location Decision Process

Michele Kitch, Senior Manager, State and Local Tax, KPMG (Directory 2015)
Identifying all stakeholders early on, defining evaluation criteria, staying ahead of the changing environment, and assessing risk lead to obtaining an appropriate site and avoiding costly mishaps. More
Departments
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

In Focus: New Blood Needed For Manufacturing

Douglas B. Rose, President, AeroGear (Directory 2015)
If there is to be a sustained U.S. manufacturing resurgence, firms must act in consortia to grow regional industrial ecosystem resources, just like aircraft engine manufacturers and suppliers are doing in the Connecticut River Valley. But, to preserve manufacturing's most precious resource - skilled workers - our thinking, and educational polices, must be revised on a national level. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

First Person: Developing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Space Technology

Jennifer Carter, Director of Space Science, Institute for Aerospace Education, Curriculum Director, SpaceTrek (Directory 2015)
Jennifer Carter, curriculum director for SpaceTrek at Morehead State University and director of Space Science for the Institute of Aerospace Education, recently talked with Area Development about the role that space science is now playing in growing the leaders and small businesses of tomorrow. The Space Science Center has become an important focus for research in nanosatellite technologies. More
Front Line
Virginia >>

Front Line: In Prince William County, VA, Serious Gaming Boosts Training Simulation

Dan Emerson (Directory 2015)
Earlier this year, George Mason University, celebrated the opening of its new Simulation and Game Institute (SGI) which could become a regional pipeline for STEM talent. More
Capital Access / Finance >>

Front Line: The New Economy, Crowdfunding for Civic Projects

Lisa A. Bastian (Directory 2015)
For a small but growing number of locales, “crowdfunding” is part of the solution for funding economic development projects. More
Regional Reports
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Mountain Region States Highlighting Innovation and Pioneer Industries

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
States in the mountain region are pulling out the stops to attract advanced technology companies. Nowhere is this more true than in Nevada, where Tesla is building its gigafactory, which will be the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Auto, Aviation, Energy Drive Growth in the South

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2015)
The Southern States are driving into the future on the strength of the motor vehicle industry. These states tend to be heavy on manufacturing; their manufacturing sectors tend to have strong automotive activity, and it’s a good time to be in that business. That’s among the reasons all six of the states in this region took home Area Development’s Silver Shovel honors earlier this year. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Slow But Steady Economic Growth in New England States

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)
Jobs are coming back slowly in New England, with aerospace/defense, bioscience, and fulfillment centers taking the lead. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: A Unique Focus on Business Expansion in the Pacific States

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
California is applying unique approaches to economic development programs in order to encourage in-state development while the other Pacific States are leveraging their unique geographic and market positions to focus on aerospace, clean tech and exports growth. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Tax and Incentives Advantages in Plains States’ Encourage Investment in Renewable Energy and Life Sciences

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s Kansas home is blown away by a powerful tornado. Today, this prairie state is harnessing its wind power for economic development gain. And, the generally low tax environment and plentiful incentives are encouraging investment in renewable energy, life sciences, other R&D throughout all of the plains states. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Economy Sizzling in the South Atlantic States

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2015)
With numerous new and expanded facilities being announced in 2013 and 2014, the South Atlantic region’s string of success stories is continuing. More
International Location Reports >>

International Location Report: Mexican Economy on the Upswing

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)
One of the biggest recipients of FDI, Mexico has attracted a range of industrial investments in recent years, with its exports rebounding strongly. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: A Rosy Economic Outlook in the Southwest U.S.

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2015)
The well-known investment disclaimer states that past performance is not indicative of future results. It stands to reason that just because Texas has led the nation in job growth for four years in a row, that doesn’t mean growth will continue to sizzle in the future. And yet, analysts expect that it will. The same rosy outlook holds true in Arizona, and there are healthy jobs reports in New Mexico and Oklahoma as well. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Advanced Industry Clusters Fueling Growth in the Midwest States

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)
Economic growth in the Midwest was steady in 2014, thanks to solid performances by the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially transportation equipment. The economy also got a boost from the surging energy sector, led by oil-shale production in Ohio, which improved sales for supporting industries like sand, chemicals, and steel drill pipe made in Midwestern steel plants. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Growth in Biomedicine, Energy, and Food Processing Helping Mid-Atlantic Prosperity

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)
In general, the Mid-Atlantic’s strongest sectors are financial and business services, healthcare, biomedicine, food processing, and energy. It’s been an uneven year for the Mid-Atlantic, but there are plenty of bright spots to light the way. More
Location Canada >>

International Location Report: Energy and Manufacturing Drive Canada’s Economic Growth

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)
There are lots of reasons Canada is consistently a top G-7 performer - not only is its banking system one of the best in the world, it has a highly diversified economy, ranging from traditional industries like forestry and mining to knowledge-based sectors like IT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. More
Exclusive Content
Kentucky >>

Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2015)
By helping entrepreneurs and small business, Kentucky has managed to regain economic strength sapped by the recession. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Managing Growth in the Construction Industry

Jeff Hunt, President, EHC Inc. (Directory 2015)
“Deconstructing” its business, hiring the talent it needs, and leveraging technology will allow a company to manage growth in a challenging market. More
Louisiana >>

Location Notebook: Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans

Craig Guillot (Directory 2015)
As New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, the city is in many ways barely recognizable to what it was years ago. Economists and national publications say it has undergone one of the most rapid and dramatic economic turnarounds in recent American history. More