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In Focus: Co-Working Spaces Shaping a New Generation of Emerging Urban Landscapes

Jerry Hoffman, President & CEO, Hoffman Strategy Group and Jeff Green, President & CEO, Jeff Green Partners (Q4 2015)

A new, alternative workspace is emerging where freelancers, entrepreneurs, contract workers, and small businesses collaborate and create a business community — a space where professionals reserve a desk, room, or “hot seat” at a table without the fixed financial strings attached. More

Editor’s Note: As U.S. Economy Grows, Which States Are Best for Business?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2015)

As the economy continues to improve, Area Development is interested in finding out where companies will continue to grow and add jobs. More

In Focus: How Intelligent Services Can Reduce Building Costs

Neil Maldeis, Trane (Q3 2015)

Intelligent services and the data they provide can help building owners reduce their environmental impact, improve building performance, optimize energy spend, and improve the bottom line. More

First Person: A Precision Aerospace Manufacturer Relocates Production from Mexico Back to New England

Scott Livingston, President and CEO, Horst Engineering Family of Companies (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

A staff editor for Area Development recently interviewed Scott Livingston, the president and CEO of the Horst Engineering Family of Companies, a privately held contract manufacturer of precision-machined components and assemblies for aerospace and other high-technology industries which recently returned production to the U.S. from Mexico. More

Editor’s Note: Economic Growth Off to Slow Start

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2015)

PricewaterhouseCoopers Q1 2015 Manufacturing Barometer reveals optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the U.S. economy. In fact, the level of optimism — 76 percent — is the highest since the fourth quarter of 2005. More

In Focus: Millennials as Drivers of Workplace Design

Josh Kuriloff, Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2015)

To promote job recruitment and job retention, and to enhance productivity, it is strategically prudent for employers, planners, developers, and architects to understand the work environment the Millennials demographic favors. 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

In Focus: Utilizing Data to Enhance Energy Management Strategies

Nate Kessman, Vice President, Business Development, Great Eastern Energy (Q1 2015)

By analyzing usage and consumption patterns through energy management software, facilities are able to bridge the gap between the theory of saving energy and the act of actually eliminating wasted dollars through reduction in energy usage. More

In Focus: Adaptive Reuse Gaining Traction in the Office Market

John Portman, IV, Chief Operating Officer, Portman Holdings (Q1 2015)

As companies compete to attract the best talent possible, locating in a redeveloped building — with its character, charm, and amenities — is becoming a key part of recruitment and retention strategies. More

First Person: Renaissance or Cyclical Recovery? Strategy for Sustained U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Needed

Adams Nager, Economic Research Assistant, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Q1 2015)

Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, recently talked with Area Development about the state of manufacturing in the U.S. In his career, Nager has focused on macroeconomic growth, competitiveness, and tax theory. More

In Focus: New Blood Needed For Manufacturing

Douglas B. Rose, President, AeroGear (Directory 2015)

If there is to be a sustained U.S. manufacturing resurgence, firms must act in consortia to grow regional industrial ecosystem resources, just like aircraft engine manufacturers and suppliers are doing in the Connecticut River Valley. But, to preserve manufacturing's most precious resource - skilled workers - our thinking, and educational polices, must be revised on a national level. 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

Facilities Management on the Frontier of Service and Technology

Maureen Ehrenberg, Executive Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), JLL (Directory 2015)

Technology has had a major influence on facilities in recent years — affecting everything from where a company needs to locate, to building infrastructure, to space requirements. It has also changed the job description for facility managers, professionals increasingly in short supply. More

Editor’s Note: Expanding Economy’s Need for Skilled Labor

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2014)

On the third anniversary of National Manufacturing Day — October 3, 2014 — the Labor Department reported that unemployment fell to 5.9 percent in September — the lowest level in six years! Analysts also predicted hiring would remain solid, as business investment and consumer spending are increasing, and the annual pace of economic growth is expected to remain above 3 percent. More

In Focus: Enhancing the Sustainability of Existing Buildings

Dan Aghdam, President, RM Thornton Mechanical (Q4 2014)

Existing buildings 20 years or older, constructed at a time when energy consumption and environmental impact were barely considered, make up 72 percent of commercial square footage in the United States. There are many cost-effective opportunities for achieving environmental benefits and reducing energy consumption by promoting more sustainable operations among these assets. 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

In Focus: Measure By Measure, Green and Productivity Goals Become Aligned

Bob Best, Executive Vice President - Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q4 2014)

Does going green mean your workforce becomes more productive? Sometimes — but not all green workplaces are created equal. Unearthing the hard evidence that a company’s sustainability programs are — or are not — enhancing productivity requires meaningful metrics that quantify both sustainability tactics and productivity impacts. More

First Person: A Tire Giant Helps Grow Small Business

John D. Tully, President & COO, Michelin Development Company and Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

Forming positive relationships with the communities in which they are located is important for companies, large and small. These relationships foster further economic growth within the host communities. With that in mind, Area Development’s editor recently interviewed John Tully, the director of Michelin Development, formed specifically to offer support to new small and medium-size businesses. 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