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European Automakers Look to North America

David Leverett, Consultant Partner, HMC Global (Advanced Industries 2014)

Direct investment in North America is allowing European automotive companies to distinguish themselves from their competitors. More

Design Firms’ Increasingly Integrated Role in Facility Development Projects

Brian Curtin, P.E., President, BRPH and Beth Kirkland, CEcD, Economic Development Consultant, BRPH (Q3 2014)

The process of client engagement for design firms is evolving from a late-stage entry into the game by RFP response to a proactive approach that includes crucial due diligence factors that come before any facility design can even be conceptualized. More

Five Tips for Meeting the Challenges of Fast-Track Facility Development

David A. Kemper, PE, Senior Principal, Stantec (Q3 2014)

Constant communication — including real-time collaboration — between an owner, project developer, engineers, construction managers, etc. is key to fast-tracking a project. More

In Focus: Five Features of Successful Business Relocations and Expansions

Jeff Baryshnik, President,  Republic Real Estate Funds (Q3 2014)

By looking beyond just cost factors, those charged with the location decision can also help the environment and reduce stress. More

In Focus: Four Tips for Renewing Your Office Lease

Stephen F. Graw, Sperry Van Ness/Nashville  (Q3 2014)

Following these steps will help to ensure you get the best deal on your office renewal lease and offer peace of mind that you have done the research, understand your options, and selected the deal that’s best for your company. More

Zero-Sum Labor - The C-Suite's Next Wicked Problem

Mark Lautman, Lautman Economic Architecture LLC (Workforce 2014)

The impending chronic shortage of qualified workers is causing employers to rethink their business models, locations, and role in their host communities. More

Low Costs + Skilled Workforce = A Perfect Fit

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC and Natalie Matwijiszyn, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce 2014)

The site selection process has always been a complex balancing act of finding the “perfect” combination between the ideal physical location and the most qualified and available workforce, with the cost of doing business in each location tempering the two considerations. More

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, Moody's Analytics and Douglas Wynne, Associate Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)

One of the most often cited reasons for the location of a new business is quality of life, yet it is one of the areas policymakers most often overlook. More

First Person: Aerospace Industry Focuses on Technological Growth and Job Retention

Jeff Troan, Director, Lockheed Martin Corporate Treasury (Q2 2014)

Jeff Troan, of Lockheed Martin, talks to staff writer Clare Goldsberry about economic development issues facing the aerospace industry including priorities when making location decisions and the value of incentives. More

Front Line: Micro Factories of the Future

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2014)

Today everything seems to be “micro-sizing,” including manufacturing. With companies scrutinizing all expenses — including the cost of factory floor square footage, equipment, and energy, some executives are finding that micro production might offer advantages. More

Texas Today 2014: A Magnet for Job Growth

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

Low taxes, smart regulation, and skilled workers - not to mention probusiness incentives — are among the reasons Texas is continuing to build on its huge and diverse economy. More

Why the C-Suite Should Focus on Incentives

Rebecca Truelove, Business Incentives Partner, Ernst & Young and Judith Garner, Senior Manager, Financial Services, Ernst & Young (Q2 2014)

As governments at all levels increase their use of incentives, companies must figure out how to best capitalize on these offerings to increase their competitive advantage. More

Adapting to Growing Workforce Mobility Issues

Richard Jordan, eBusiness Strategies, LLC (Q2 2014)

Tomorrow’s workforce will not necessarily change space requirements but rather how that space is organized and utilized. Therefore, a shift has been made from strict workplace utilization into a more flexible occupancy measure. More

How Companies Can Get the Utility Packages They Need

Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2014)

Energy availability is a vital factor in any site selection process. Making an energy decision is more than just cost per kilowatt-hour — a well-designed utility plan should also take into account grid capacity, rate structure, service/distribution, and related utilities, such as wastewater treatment. More

Quality, Speed, and Value Drive the Site Selection Process

Erik Dunnigan, Vice President - Business Development, Bristol Group, Inc. (Q2 2014)

A combination of design-build and precast building systems is helping to deliver high-performance facilities within shorter timeframes and at lower cost. More

Developing a Sustainable Facility

Daniel Hartsig, Manager of New Construction – Sustainability Services, Transwestern (Q2 2014)

From using locally sourced materials during construction to utilizing renewable energy sources to distributing products by rail, each company is embarking on its unique path to sustainability. More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. and Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q2 2014)

In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

In Focus: Tenants Must Plan for the Unimaginable

Nora Hogan, Principal, Transwestern (Q2 2014)

Business shifts are often unimaginable to the tenant at the beginning of a lease term, but planning for them is as important as negotiating any other element in the agreement. More

Looking Beyond the Numbers When Assessing a Community

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q2 2014)

Those charged with the location decision should look for tangible evidence that the communities they are considering are taking an integrated approach to community development. More

Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Business Climate Promotes Headquarters Growth

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

A development strategy touting its attractive quality of life as well as favorable business climate has made the Fort Lauderdale area a top choice for headquarters operations. More
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