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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

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

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