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In Focus: Unintended Consequences of the Open-Office Model

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Q2 2016)

KC Conway, senior vice president for credit risk management, is responsible for market intelligence at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate and oversees real estate valuation for SunTrust Bank. Conway is a nationally recognized speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics, from appraisals and bank regulation to ports and securitization. More

Editor’s Note: 2016 Economic Projections - Growth Will Be Good But Not Great

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

CFOs believe North America can continue to shoulder the global burden of economic growth, while Area Development’s Corporate Survey respondents are evenly split on whether or not the U.S. economy has achieved a continuous growth track. More

Advancing Manufacturing Through Public/Private Collaboration

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q1 2016)

Mike Molnar, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, describes what’s being done to maintain U.S. leadership in this arena. More

First Person: Auto Industry Comeback Presents New Opportunities

Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran (Directory 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Daron Gifford, the partner leading automotive industry strategy consulting at accounting firm and consultancy Plante Moran in Detroit. Gifford provides us with some deep insights into how the comeback in the auto industry has given new opportunities to the hundreds of Tier 1 suppliers that provide millions of parts to the OEM assembly plants, what’s driving this supply chain, and the new competitive issues facing the U.S. automotive industry. More

In Focus: Why the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Decision Will be a Bad Deal for Manufacturers

David Burton, Chair, Labor and Employment Section, Williams Mullen and Patrick O. Gottschalk, Chair, Economic Development Team, Williams Mullen (Directory 2016)

The recent NLRB decision that maintains manufacturers are joint employers with temporary staffing agencies will allow unions to get their foot in the door. More

In Focus: How 3-D Printing Will Impact the Supply Chain and Commercial Real Estate

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Directory 2016)

As 3-D printing makes on-demand manufacturing feasible, it will affect the supply chain, causing producers to locate closer to their major markets. More

Editor’s Note: U.S. Manufacturers Will Spend Their Money at Home

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2015)

As the importance of just-in-time manufacturing and distribution of goods increases, the availability and condition of the nation’s roads will also continue to increase in importance. More

First Person: Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century

Nigel Dessau, CMO, Stratus Technologies (Q4 2015)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Nigel Dessau, author of Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away From the Pack. Dessau has more than 25 years experience in marketing and sales support in both the U.S. and Europe, having previously held positions at ADCLARO, AMD, and Sun Microsystems. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

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

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