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Front Line: 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

First Person: U.S. Economy Uniquely Positioned for 21st Century

Peter Zeihan, Geopolitical Analyst,  (Q2 2015)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Peter Zeihan, a former analyst at the geopolitical security firm Stratfor and author of The Accidental Superpower. Zeihan discusses the North American shale boom and the role of the U.S. in protecting global trade. More

Editor’s Note: Highway Access a Top Concern

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2015)

The need to fix crumbling infrastructure has entered the national conscious more prominently than ever before. The debate on how to best address this challenge has been increasingly playing out in the media and on legislative floors across the nation. Perhaps then, it should come as no surprise that Highway accessibility was the number-one ranked site selection factor by the corporate executives responding to our 29th Annual Corporate survey. More

Infrastructure Investment: The Bridge to Economic Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q1 2015)

Although conditions vary, much of the nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair and/or replacement, affecting business in general and some companies — as well as their location decisions — in particular. More

29th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: A Realignment of Location Priorities

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2015)

The location and expansion plans of our Corporate Survey respondents are not as robust as we had hoped, and their site selection priorities have been realigned, with facilities costs supplanting labor considerations. More

Front Line: High-Speed Rail Spurs Economic Development

Mark Crawford (Q1 2015)

Economic benefits include construction and operations jobs and manufacturing and supply chain opportunities. More than 25 rail manufacturing companies and suppliers have committed to expanding their U.S. operations if their bids are selected for building high-speed rail systems. More

Shale Oil & Gas Development Changing the Way the Nation Does Business

Charlotte Batson, Owner and Principal, Batson & Company (Q1 2015)

The development of oil and gas resources is driving infrastructure and manufacturing location decisions, while boosting U.S. competitiveness. More

Creating & Maintaining a Cost-Effective Supply Chain

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Intermodal Sites)

A detailed mapping of the supply chain, locational considerations, and the use of foreign-trade zones can all help to reduce supply-chain costs, while increasing velocity. More

Freight Corridors & Logistics Hubs Shape the Location Decision

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Intermodal Sites)

Selecting the optimum site location is now possible and will eventually become easier with advancements in data and technology. Those that truly optimize their location footprint and overall supply chain and embrace forward planning will be the winners. More

Open for Business: Airports as Real Estate Developer and Strategic Partner

Rian Burger, Principal, Airports - Terminals, Stantec (Intermodal Sites)

Locating near an airport presents a business with many opportunities for growth, but be sure to know what risks airports face and how they are planning to address them before aligning your company’s fate to theirs. More

Resolve To Keep Up With These Logistics Trends

David Frentzel, Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Industry, APL Logistics (Intermodal Sites)

Yogi Berra was only referring to baseball at the time. However when he allegedly said that watching something was like “déjà vu all over again,” he could just as easily been summing up today’s major logistics trends, because many have a familiar ring to them. More

10 Inland Ports to Watch

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Intermodal Sites)

Inland ports are poised to play an increasingly vital role and could be a large part of the answer to both the fuel and congestion concerns in the domestic supply chain. More

Global Supply Chain Faces a Complex Mix of Issues

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Intermodal Sites)

From fluctuating fuel costs to fewer drivers to port congestion, logistics providers are facing a host of challenges. With the current transport climate, the ascendance of Inland ports is well-timed and probably part of the answer to both the fuel and congestion issues. More

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

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

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

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility - The Supplier/Market Connection

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)

Highway accessibility ranks as the #2 most important factor to corporate executives, certainly reflecting the crucial role of transportation costs and logistical efficiencies in a U.S. and global market with less and less margin for error in the supply chain. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy / Construction Costs on An Upward Trend

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)

The higher importance reflects not only the continued proportional significance of occupancy and construction costs in companies’ overall cost equation, but also the fact that such costs are continuing to ratchet up as the U.S. and global economies proceed with recovery at varying paces, increasing demand and nudging up prices. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Advanced ICT - Companies Look to Visionary Locales

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)

The rise of “big data” in nearly every industry vertical has promoted continued importance of a robust information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure as a site selection factor. More

First Person: Cybercrime’s Tax on Manufacturing Innovation and Growth

Larry Clinton, President, Internet Security Alliance (Q4 2014)

Area Development recently spoke with Larry Clinton, the president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance, who noted that cyber security needs to be woven into corporate processes. When done successfully, it can help build competitive advantage. More