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Economy / Market Analysis

Industrial Manufacturers’ Optimism Reflected in Expectations of Higher Revenue Growth, Increased Capital Spending

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

PwC’s Q4/2016 Manufacturing Barometer reveals increased optimism about the U.S. economy. The senior executives of U.S.-based industrial manufacturing companies surveyed expect revenues to increase, and they are also increasing their capital spending plans. More

Editor’s Note: About Those Manufacturing Jobs…

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Directory 2017)

Overall U.S. labor force participation rate (LPR) has trended downward since 2010 - which could be tied in part to skill sets not matching up to today’s job opportunities - creating a low unemployment paradox. More

Should “Urbanization” Drive the Location Decision?

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Directory 2017)

Companies have been following the millennial talent pipeline to the urban locales this population cohort prefers, but as this group ages their lifestyle preferences — and your company’s location choices — may change. More

Real Estate Solutions Needed for Tech-Driven Auto Industry

Jeffrey Green, Managing Director, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Paul Thurston, Vice President, Development and Pre-Construction, Becknell Industrial (Directory 2017)

On the verge of an automotive revolution, the CRE industry is working to meet the evolving needs of OEMs and parts suppliers in the middle of a short supply real estate market. More

Food Manufacturing Industry Responds to Transformative Change

Ken Reiff, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield and Chris Copenhaver, Director, Co-Lead Food & Beverage Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (2016 Food Processing)

Paradigm shifts in food processing, and improved economic conditions, have resulted in accelerated growth in project announcements as many larger food manufacturers gravitate to ground-up development and smaller, regional companies repurpose second-generation product. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2016)

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

Creatively Optimizing the Supply Chain to “Own” the Last Mile

Rich Thompson, International Director and Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q4 2016)

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, companies need to be innovative and nimble in facing the last-mile, same-day delivery challenge head on. More

A Transformative Project of Scale in California

Adam Wasserman, Managing Partner, GLDPartners (Q4 2016)

Despite its many challenges, California — which ranks as the world’s sixth-largest economy — and its often overlooked Central Valley offer many opportunities for manufacturing and distribution investment. More

Regional Talent Attraction Study Results: It’s Not All About Core Cities

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q3 2016)

As many regions have become equally or more concerned with supporting existing companies than with recruiting new businesses, attracting and retaining talent has become a focal point. Which counties are standing out with high net migration and skilled job growth? More

Cloud Adoption Multiplying Data Center Demand

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2016)

The rising reliance on digital content and data sovereignty laws are driving demand for data center space. More

The “Northern Secret” of Canada’s Cities Revealed

Michael Darch, Founding President, Consider Canada Cities Alliance (Location Canada 2016)

Advanced technology companies are drawn by Canada’s overall cost and other advantages, while recognizing the synergism found in its urban centers. More

Editor’s Note: Disruptive Technologies Continue to Change the Face of Manufacturing

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

Robotics, additive manufacturing, the IoT and other disruptive technologies are helping manufacturers boost productivity and cut costs; the states and metro areas that have the know-how to help businesses become innovative are recognized in our Shovel Awards and Leading Locations reports. More

West’s Economic Lead is Tested in 2016

Steven G. Cochrane, Managing Director, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2016)

The Southeast is now vying with the West for the top spot for employment growth. The West is still clearly the leader, but job growth along the South Atlantic coast and in the East South Central — from the Gulf up to Kentucky — has accelerated in recent months. More

2016 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States That Have Garnered High-Impact Economic Development Projects

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor (Q2 2016)

The states receiving this year’s Shovel Awards are being recognized for their large numbers of high-impact economic development projects, including $1 billion+ deals with thousands of new jobs. Six states — California, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nevada and Utah — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2015. More

Do Free-Trade Agreements Represent Fair Trade?

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q2 2016)

The U.S. has far fewer free-trade agreements in place than its North American neighbors, while many make arguments for and against these agreements. More

Technological Innovation Essential to U.S. Manufacturing Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

It’s no surprise that PwC’s 2016 Industrial Manufacturing Trends report finds that investments in technology are “essential” for the growth of the U.S. manufacturing sector. More

Editor’s Note: 2016 Economic Projections - Growth Will Be Good But Not Great

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

CFOs believe North America can continue to shoulder the global burden of economic growth, while Area Development’s Corporate Survey respondents are evenly split on whether or not the U.S. economy has achieved a continuous growth track. More

12th Annual Consultants Survey: Clients’ Robust New Facility/Expansion Plans Revealed

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

Two thirds of the consultants believe the economy is on a continuous growth track, and nearly all are busy helping clients with new facility and expansion plans. The primary recipient of these new facilities will be the Southern states. More

30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Cautious Optimism Reflected

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

New facility and expansion plans are up slightly on a year-over-year basis, although finding skilled labor is once again top of mind. Nearly half the respondents believe the U.S. economy is on a continuous growth track. More

Use of Wind, Solar to Generate Electricity Could Add Millions of Jobs

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

According to a recent report from the Virginia-based consulting firm ICF International, a large-scale shift to renewable sources for generating electricity could increase U.S. employment by one million jobs by 2030 and two million jobs by 2050, even after accounting for job losses related to fossil fuels. More

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