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Improving the Commute - and Economic Development - With BRT

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) offers communities many advantages, but systems across the nation have met with varied measures of success. More

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain

Lily Russell, Founder, Explain the Chain and Mariana Souza, Consultant (Q1 2016)

Sustainable supply chain best practices can build upon site selection goals to reduce costs, mitigate risk, and increase speed to market. 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

Infrastructure Innovations Will Drive Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2016)

From innovative road repair, driverless trucks, bullet trains, and 3D bridges, advances in technology will help to bring the nation’s infrastructure up to speed while creating high-skilled manufacturing jobs. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

The C-Suite Perspective on Data Center Location

Kristina Metzger, Vice President, Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE  and James McCarthy, Client Services Specialist, Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE (Data Centers 2016)

Allowing ample time for evaluation, while weighing risks against costs, will result in choosing the optimum data center location. More

Redefining Data Center Resiliency

Rajan Battish, Vice President and Director, Mission Critical Group, CallisonRTKL (Data Centers 2016)

Data center operators, faced with the challenge of providing resiliency for these mission-critical facilities while lowering costs, need to evaluate the TCO. More

Frontline: Drones Redefine the Use of Commercial Airspace

Mark Crawford (Directory 2016)

The FAA is in the process of establishing regulations for the commercial use of drones, the use of which is also supposed to be a boon to the telecommunications industry. More

High – Speed Network Locations

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

Cities across the nation are installing high-speed fiber-optic networks for their own institutional purposes, with the added benefit of attracting growing companies. More

Naughty or Nice: Which States and Locations Will Bring Business Executives Holiday Cheer?

Thomas J. Stringer, Esq., Managing Director & Practice Leader, Site Selection and Business Incentives Group, BDO USA and Michelle Cammarata, Director, Site Selection and Business Incentives Group, BDO USA (Directory 2016)

If you’re contemplating a relocation or expansion or are consolidating operations, you will inevitably be evaluating your existing locations to determine if they are productive business partners. How do you decide which economic development agencies are naughty or nice? More

Location Notebook: Jackson, Tennessee, Takes a Regional Economic Development Approach

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2016)

The nine-county Jackson, Tennessee, region is focusing on its key infrastructure strengths as well as educational assets, while meeting challenges head-on, in order to continue to attract targeted industries. More

Logistics Industry Continues to Evolve

Grant Miller, Vice President, Colliers International and Don Moss, Vice President, Colliers International (Directory 2016)

Expansion of the Panama Canal, increasing use of intermodal facilities, and siting of new mega distribution facilities are among the latest logistics trends. More

In Focus: How 3-D Printing Will Impact the Supply Chain and Commercial Real Estate

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Directory 2016)

As 3-D printing makes on-demand manufacturing feasible, it will affect the supply chain, causing producers to locate closer to their major markets. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Highway Access Affects the Bottom Line

Mark Crawford (Q4 2015)

Access to a high-quality highway infrastructure will improve a company’s profitability. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Available Buildings Needed for Expedited Timetables

Mark Crawford (Q4 2015)

Locating in an existing building will save a company time and money. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #3: Available Land Becoming Scarcer

Mark Crawford (Q4 2015)

Market conditions are tight, but some states are certifying large sites as shovel-ready in order to make sure they have an inventory on hand. More

Location Notebook: Well-Connected Tennessee Innovating to Distribute Success

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Tennessee ranks highly for its certified sites program as well as its transportation infrastructure, and the state is employing innovative strategies to address educational and other challenges. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: Proximity To Major Markets Provides Access To Customers & Workforce Talent

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Today’s expectations of next-day delivery make proximity to markets critical, but it also helps in recruiting workforce talent. More