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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

Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Ivestment Consulting Associates and Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Location USA 2014)

International investors can avail themselves of incentives to develop conventional as well as non-conventional sources of energy and other innovative technologies. More

In the Battle for Talent, Real Estate Leads the Tech Conversation at SXSW

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)

Workplace strategy was a trending topic at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, as tech leaders are increasingly seeing the value that real estate can have in driving talent recruitment. 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

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More

Quality of Place and Its Role in Corporate Location Decisions

Matthew Tarleton, Vice President & Principal, Market Street Services and Evan Robertson, Senior Project Associate, Market Street Services (Q1 2014)

As companies compete for talent, “place” is an asset that can be honed, improved, and marketed to potential employees. More

First Person: Foreign Investment Driving Uptick in Manufacturing Plant Construction

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2014)

Stephen Gray, Gray Construction CEO, comments on manufacturing’s contribution to U.S. economic growth and the factors influencing the uptick in construction of domestic plants. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)

Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. 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

Primer: The Impact of Taxes & Incentives on Data Center Locations

Chris Schastok, Vice President, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE, Inc. and John Lenio, Economist & Managing Director , Economic Incentives Group (EIG), Patrick Lynch, Managing Director, Data Center Solutions Group (DCSG), CBRE (Q1 2014)

Many states and communities are using incentives to lure data centers and establish clusters of these facilities, which, in turn, stand to benefit from tax breaks and cash grants for necessary infrastructure improvements. More

One Size Fits All: “Vested” for Large and Small Companies

Scott R. Schroeder, Owner/CEO, RelianceCM and Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Center for Executive Education, University of Tennessee (Q1 2014)

Companies of all sizes are finding that negotiating and nurturing relationships with suppliers can provide a sustainable competitive advantage. Learn how the “Vested” model is lifting one small, Oregon-based contract manufacturer's ability to help bring its client’s products to market at scale. More

In Focus: Solar Commercial Outdoor Lighting Benefits the Industrial Property Sector

Divakar “Dibs” Tailor, President/CEO, Sol Lighting (Q1 2014)

Solar commercial outdoor lighting offers many advantages to owners and occupiers and is cost-effective now in many industrial property applications. More

The True Value of Economic Development Incentives

Grant Miller, Vice President, Colliers International and Don Moss, Vice President, Colliers International (Directory 2014)

Companies need to determine which incentives are of most value to them and also make sure they are utilizing all the incentives to which they are entitled. 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

In Focus: Achieving Business Outcomes With Energy Intelligence

Spencer Rigler, Elster EnergyICT (Directory 2014)

Businesses have traditionally approached energy consumption as a fixed overhead, but the real opportunities lie in approaching it as a variable cost that can be tightly controlled with advanced energy-management systems. More

Should You Stay or Should You Go? Evaluating Operations Expansion Options

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Directory 2014)

A thorough investigation of key criteria will allow a company to determine whether expanding at its current location or relocating will yield the best results. More

Vested Outsourcing: How P&G Brought its Focus on Innovation to Facilities Management

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

In a unique arrangement, P&G outsourced its facilities management, along with several other functions, creating a collaborative, win-win relationship with its service providers. More
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