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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

The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play

Charles R. Ruby, Director, Deloitte Tax LLP (Q4 2015)

Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique. More

Food Processing Presents Energy Industry Opportunities in Tulare County, CA

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

The nation’s largest food production region, Tulare County, has attracted ethanol producers such as Calgren Renewable Fuels, as well as companies that capture their carbon dioxide emissions such as Air Liquide. More

Food & Beverage Processing Firms Drawn By the Right Mix of Assets in Lehigh Valley, PA

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

The Lehigh Valley provides a central location with a well-developed transportation infrastructure, a low cost of doing business, and the availability of agricultural products to today’s innovative food processors that are catering to the changing demands of consumers. More

Joplin MO-KS-OK Region Provides Food Processors With Good Highway Access

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

The seven-county Joplin region provides food processors with efficient access to raw materials — including wheat, corn, and cattle as well as affordable fresh water — and to more than 30 million people within a 350-mile radius.  More

Keep It Fresh: Re-evaluating the Food Manufacturing Supply Chain

John Vaught, Senior Vice President, Transwestern (2015 Food Processing)

By continuously re-evaluating their supply chain, food and beverage processors can make sure their products are safely delivered to consumers in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. More

Canada: A Leader in the Development of Smart Grid Technology

Jiri Skopek, Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability, ECD JLL (Location Canada 2015)

Smart grids and smart buildings work together to save energy and keep the production line moving. More

North American Seaport Outlook: Potential Shift in Ports of Call

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2015)

JLL’s research reveals that, although the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will remain the primary U.S. gateways, Gulf and Eastern Seaboard ports are anticipated to capture even more West Coast discretionary cargo when the new Panama Canal opens next year. More

E-Commerce Development, Industrial Land Pricing, and the “Amazon Effect”

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director, Bruce Erhardt, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2015)

The emerging information and services market is game-changer for the industrial land market. More

Frontline: West Coast Ports Unite to Solve Challenges

Karen Thuermer (Q3 2015)

Manufacturers of imported and exported goods between the United States and Asia let out a huge sigh of relief in late May when a five-year contract that governs pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports was finally ratified. Despite the ratified agreement, manufacturers are certain that strikes and delays will continue at West Coast ports. More

The Case for Supplier Parks in the Automotive Supply Chain

Kim Hill, Managing Director & President, HWA Analytics and Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

With the auto industry in a cycle of growth, OEMs need to meet new industry standards while keeping costs in check; locating at a supplier park may help to achieve these goals. More

Top Airport Locations for Real Estate Investors

Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2015)

JLL’s Index evaluates airports based on criteria such as availability of industrial and warehousing space, access to large population centers, and air cargo growth prospects. This year’s highest ranked airport is Chicago O’Hare (ORD) with a score of 144.6, followed by Miami (MIA) at 120.9 and Los Angeles (LAX) with a 117.2. More

U.S. Infrastructure Funding Needs More Than a Quick Fix

Dan White, Senior Economist, Moody's Analytics and Sarah Crane, Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2015)

Public investment in infrastructure sits at its lowest level since records have been kept because of underfunding across all levels of government. More

The Evolution of Economic Development: 1965 - 2015

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2015)

Since Area Development’s inaugural issue 50 years ago, the economic development process has changed dramatically. More

Frontline: Metro Areas Join in Export Initiatives

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)

To date, 28 cities across the country have come together under a pilot program called the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) to develop their foreign direct investment plans and volume of exports. More