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Location Notebook: Tesla’s “Gigafactory” - Reno’s Game Changer

Dennis Cuneo, Managing Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Q3 2014)

With the announcement that Tesla picked Reno for its highly publicized $5 billion “gigafactory,” the area took a giant step toward civic leaders' goal of remaking its economy and image. To win the project, the state offered a rich — and what will be a highly scrutinized — incentive package. Will the bold gamble pay off? More

Front Line: Tesla’s New Battery Plant to Bring Electric Vehicles to the Masses

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

A comprehensive incentives package (pending legislative approval), proximity to natural resources and abundant renewable energy potential are significant factors that will improve Tesla’s odds of success in the “get things done state.” More

Special Investment Report: Florida’s Eastern and Mid-Gulf Coasts

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

How many places in the world can claim to be on the cutting edge of both space and ocean transportation? It’s a striking illustration of the economic diversity you’ll find as you scan down the East Coast of Florida and then partway up the Gulf side. More

Intermodal Boom Will Revolutionize Supply Chain Logistics and Industrial Real Estate Strategy

Richard H. Thompson, Managing Director and Americas Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, Jones Lang Lasalle and Keith Stauber, Regional Managing Director, JLL (Q3 2014)

A looming capacity shortage in the trucking industry — coupled with rail’s high efficiency — is causing logistics suppliers and transportation providers to turn their focus to intermodal solutions. More

Effective Manufacturing Construction Project Management: On Site, and On It

John Hernandez, Section Manager, SSOE Group (Q3 2014)

Dedicated 100 percent from design through start-up, an on-site owner’s representative solves problems and adds value by assuring coordination of trades and maintaining project focus. More

Building Agility into the Supply Chain

Will O’Shea, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, XPO Last Mile (Q3 2014)

With delivery speed now a competitive differentiator, companies must ensure they have a “shippable” delivery on hand. More

Successfully Managing Construction Mega-Projects

Brian Relle , Director, Major Projects Advisory , KPMG and Clay Gilge , Principal, Major Projects Advisory, KPMG (Q3 2014)

Choosing the right project delivery strategy, managing risk, and developing specific policies and procedures will ensure a project is completed on time and within budget. 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

Communities Enable “Disruptive” Advantage for Advanced Manufacturers

Jeff Troan, Director, Lockheed Martin Corporate Treasury (Advanced Industries 2014)

To attract and retain core manufacturing businesses in the twenty-first century, communities will have to offer significant workforce development support, combined with a business climate package that makes their companies competitive with producers that enjoy lower labor costs and more favorable taxation throughout the rest of the world. More

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

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