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In Focus: New Development of Small Industrial Facilities Expected as Inventory Dwindles

James Martell, President, Ridge Development Company, LLC (Q3 2014)
Lack of inventory for smaller scale industrial facilities in certain markets has created more competition among tenants and is expected to prompt activity from regional and national industrial developers, bringing new, state-of-the-art buildings to market. More

Electronics, Photonics, and Digital Media Sectors: Key to Future U.S. Competitiveness

Mark Crawford (Q3 2014)
These interconnected industries will be drivers in stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and improving global competitiveness. Collaboration among private-sector companies, universities, and government on research and commercialization will be vital. More

Location Notebook: Union Pacific Intermodal Opens in Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q3 2014)
The $400 million investment for the 2,200-acre site will connect businesses to strategic markets in the southwestern U.S. and beyond. It will provide logistics gains for shippers along its Sunset Line, which runs 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles and serves key locations in Mexico and Arizona. More

Leading Locations for 2014: Economic Strength and Year-Over-Year Growth MSAs

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
Nine of the top-10 cities in the Area Development 2014 “Economic Strength” ranking benefited greatly from boom times for oil and gas development and refining, or from their area’s historic and growing position at the forefront of a burgeoning area of the global economy. More

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, 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

Leading Locations for 2014 Commentary: One Industry, or Many, Can Lead to Economic Success

Jim Eskew, Vice President, JLL (Q2 2014)
As revealed in the overall “Leading Locations” rankings, there is more than one way to become an attractive location. Some locations have risen on the strength of a dominant industry sector. Others have prevailed by offering low-cost real estate, talent, and other resources in a balanced, diversified economy. More

Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits. More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. (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

california at a glance

POPULATION: 37,254,000 (U.S. Census)

LABOR FORCE: 18,268,700 (July 2010)

RIGHT TO WORK: No

TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES: Services, finance/insurance/real estate, manufacturing, retail trade, wholesale trade, construction, agriculture/food processing

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Green technology, high-technology, Internet/webbased industries, biotechnology, telecommunications, healthcare technology, multimedia, entertainment, environmental technology, information technology, diversified manufacturing, transportation/ logistics, value-added agriculture

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 29.4%

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate Income Tax: 8.84 percent of net income

Sales and Use Tax: 7.25 to 9.25 percent

Property Tax: Assessed and collected locally by county governments; some cities and special districts collect their own taxes for purposes such as street improvements; average tax rate is 1.1 percent of fair market value

BUSINESS INCENTIVES
R&D tax credits (15 to 24 percent)

Industrial Development Revenue Bonds

California Employment Training Panel

California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA)

Designated incentives:
• Enterprise zones (42 statewide)
• Recycling Market Development Zones
• Foreign-trade zones
• Manufacturing Enhancement Areas
• Local Area Military Base Recovery Areas (LAMBRAs)

Small business:
• Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program
• 5% bid preference on applicable state solicitations for small businesses
• 25% small business participation goal on state contracts

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computer & Electronic Products
    21.1%
  • Food
    12.6%
  • Fabricated Metal Products
    9.4%
  • Transportation Equipment
    8.7%
  • Chemical Manufacturing
    5.9%
  • Machinery
    5.4%
  • Apparel
    4.9%
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
    3.6%
  • Furniture & Related Products
    2.7%
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
    2.4%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    23.3%