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Location Notebook: Kentucky Keeps Its Economy On Track

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

As states throughout the nation struggled during the recession, Kentucky quickly acted to help its economy not only recover but also grow. More

Top Performing Airports in 2014 for Air Cargo and Industrial RE

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q2 2014)

Airports are increasingly focused on leveraging nearby commercial real estate assets and logistics corridors to position themselves as an essential link in the supply chain. In fact, some airports are now seeing more than 60 percent of their revenue derived from non-airline sources. More

10th Annual Survey of Site Selection Consultants: Economy on a More Continuous Growth Track

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2014)

Area Development asked the consultants who work with corporate clients to tell us about their clients’ facilities plans and priorities in making a location decision. Nearly half of the respondents believe the economy will achieve a more continuous growth track this year but, how will that affect their clients’ facility decisions? More

28th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Availability of Skilled Labor New Top Priority

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2014)

The results of our survey show a modest improvement in short-range new facility and expansion plans, as well as a realignment of site selection priorities with the availability of skilled labor being the number one concern, outranking highway accessibility and labor costs. More

Public Power Communities: Future-Focused

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2014)

America’s public power communities are places where local governments and other public entities have taken charge to deliver services their communities need to prosper. More

Ports Jockey for Post-Panamax “Pole Position”

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q1 2014)

East and Gulf Coast ports are gearing up to accommodate the supersized containerships that will be able to traverse the expanded Panama Canal — and the delayed expansion process has given them the advantage of time to get ready. More

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

Opelika, Alabama Builds High-Speed On Ramp to the Future

Richard K. Wallace, Editor and Publishing Director, The Next Silicon Valley (Q1 2014)

Opelika is developing a comprehensive broadband fiberoptic system, connecting the city and a growing industrial base to the booming global business opportunities of the future. More

Optimizing Economic Growth in Shale Zone Communities

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q1 2014)

The ability to access oil and natural gas reserves found in the nation’s shale regions has presented new opportunities for economic growth along with a host of infrastructure and real estate challenges. More

U.S. Industrial Real Estate Outlook: Strong Performance Propels Industrial Sector into 2014

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2014)

Growing demand for goods from consumers and businesses — and an apparently permanent shift in how people buy and how goods are shipped — has propelled the U.S. industrial real estate sector into its most positive position since before the Great Recession. More

The Need for Increasing the Capacity of Public Transportation Infrastructure

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

We often think of the nation’s transportation infrastructure in terms of moving goods in to, out of, and around the United States by water, air, rail, and road. But what about moving people in densely populated areas…areas where high-tech industries cluster? More

Shale Regions Face the Challenges of Rapid Growth

Lisa Buddecke, Kelsar Industries (Directory 2014)

Those states with recently discovered oil- and natural gas-rich deposits, like North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region, are experiencing demands on everything from infrastructure and real estate, to employment and industry services. More

Metal-to-Plastic Conversion Allows for Creativity & Reduces Shipping Costs

Mark Crawford (Directory 2014)

The automotive industry, in particular, has been taking advantage of metal-to-plastic conversion for years to meet stricter federal guidelines for improved fuel efficiency by 2025. More

A More Focused Approach to the Industrial Location & Evaluation Process

David Verner, RA, NCARB, Senior Vice President, Gresham, Smith and Partners and Kevin Tilbury, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner , Gresham, Smith and Partners (Directory 2014)

Digging through layers of information on the national and then local level is an arduous task for site selectors, but one that has been made easier through the use of GIS tools. More

How to Develop a Successful Outsourcing Contract

Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Center for Executive Education, University of Tennessee,  and Joseph Tillman, Vice President, Transportation, KS Harvesters (Directory 2014)

Outsourcing agreements crafted according to the 10 elements and five rules of “Vested” result in truly collaborative agreements and a win-win situation for the parties involved. More

E-Commerce Changes Logistics and Incentives Landscape

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and Alexander Frei, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Global Business Consulting
, Cushman & Wakefield (Directory 2014)

The evolution of the e-commerce channel will have an ongoing impact on distribution facilities and those markets with the required infrastructure and incentives that e-commerce companies seek. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #2: The Road to Profitability

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

A well-connected location is essential for accessing suppliers and customers, as well as connecting to intermodal hubs leading to the global marketplace. This is the Ninth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #4: “Connected” Locations Support Innovative Companies

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Locations offering a robust telecom infrastructure — with adequate speed, choices, and bandwidth — are becoming hotbeds for technology development and entrepreneurship. This is the Seventh in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

How E-Commerce Is Changing the Face of Industrial Distribution Center Real Estate

Richard H. Thompson, Managing Director and Americas Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, Jones Lang Lasalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)

The continuing rise in e-commerce retailing is transforming the landscape of industrial real estate development, as distribution center trends increasingly cater to the e-commerce sector. More

Revolutionizing the Supply Chain With Technology

Tom Oconnor, Senior National Business Development Manager for Enterprise Sales , Panasonic Systems Communications Co. of North America (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Integrated supply chain technology solutions provide end-to-end security and efficiency in the distribution process. More
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