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Tenants Must Plan for the Unimaginable

Nora Hogan, Principal, Transwestern (Q2 2014)

Business shifts are often unimaginable to the tenant at the beginning of a lease term, but planning for them is as important as negotiating any other element in the agreement. More

First Person: Foreign Investment Driving Uptick in Manufacturing Plant Construction

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2014)

Stephen Gray, Gray Construction CEO, comments on manufacturing’s contribution to U.S. economic growth and the factors influencing the uptick in construction of domestic plants. More

In Focus: Solar Commercial Outdoor Lighting Benefits the Industrial Property Sector

Divakar “Dibs” Tailor, President/CEO, Sol Lighting (Q1 2014)

Solar commercial outdoor lighting offers many advantages to owners and occupiers and is cost-effective now in many industrial property applications. More

Editors Note: Getting the U.S. Work Force Up to Snuff

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

There’s been much talk — and some evidence — of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance and bringing high-paying jobs back home, i.e., reshoring. However, this “skills gap” must be closed if manufacturers are to find the skilled workers they need. More

First Person: Putting U.S. Manufacturing Front and Center

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor (Directory 2014)

Scott N. Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, discusses how government policy supports U.S. manufacturing growth, the perceived “skills gap” and mainstream media’s recent focus on U.S. manufacturing. More

In Focus: Achieving Business Outcomes With Energy Intelligence

Spencer Rigler, Elster EnergyICT (Directory 2014)

Businesses have traditionally approached energy consumption as a fixed overhead, but the real opportunities lie in approaching it as a variable cost that can be tightly controlled with advanced energy-management systems. More

Editors Note: Economic Growth in Fits and Starts

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 / Fall 2013)

If the U.S. economy is to continue to grow in more than fits and starts, Congress needs to come up with a longer-term solution to the budget and debt-ceiling crises. Only then will it instill in companies the confidence to invest in their facilities and work forces in order to grow and expand. More

First Person: Advancing Automation Technologies Represents Huge Opportunity for Small and Mid-sized Manufacturers

Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (Q4 / Fall 2013)

The Robotic Industries Association estimates that some 230,000 robots are now in use in U.S. factories, placing the United States second only to Japan in robot use. To find out more about this, the editor of Area Development recently spoke with Jeff Burnstein, president of the Robotic Industries Association, as well as president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). More

First Person: Ohio’s Economic Renaissance and the Reorganization of Its Economic Development Agencies

John Minor, President and Chief Investment Officer, JobsOhio and David Goodman, Director, Ohio Development Services Agency (September 2013)

Area Development staff writer Dave Claborn recently spoke with David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, and John Minor, President and Chief Investment Officer for JobsOhio, to get their perspective on the state of Ohio’s economy and how the new arrangement is working out. More

First Person: A Frank Discussion on 3D Printing's Evolution and Future

David Cox, President/CEO, Purple Platypus (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Recently, we spoke with David Cox, president/CEO of Purple Platypus, a 3D printing technologies seller, and Purple Porcupine, a service bureau with 12 machines that print 3D parts for a variety of customers and markets. 3D printing hasn’t exactly been an overnight success, after 25 years, the industry is finally getting the attention it deserves — some good, some bad. More

In Focus: The Changing Role of Architects in Building Performance Analysis

Dr. Craig Wheatley, Director, IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd.) (Q3 / Summer 2013)

The use of energy modeling as part of an integrated design process has become increasingly important in the role of the architect, and firms are now realizing that they must adopt new design practices to remain competitive. More

First Person: Michigan Recalibrates Economic Development Strategy and Initiatives

Michael A. Finney, President and CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Karen Thuermer (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Hit hard by the recession, Michigan is now offering a variety of initiatives and programs to address company needs and create jobs. Area Development discussed these tools with Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). More

First Person: With its Economic Future at Stake, Columbus, Ohio Invests in Itself

Kenny McDonald, Chief Economic Officer, Columbus 2020 (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Kenny McDonald, Chief Economic Officer at Columbus 2020, explains how a public-private coalition has come together to take a firm grip on the Columbus region’s economic future. More

First Person: Florida Power & Light's Economic Development Efforts Aim to Rekindle State Economy

Eric Silagy, President, Florida Power & Light Company  and Lynn Pitts, Director of Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company (Q2 / Spring 2013)

We spoke with FPL’s President Eric Silagy to find out why FPL has taken this new step and with FPL’s Director of Economic Development Lynn Pitts to learn more about the company’s new resources. More

First Person: How One Regional Supplier is Investing to Meet the Demands of Reshoring OEM Customers

Noel Ginsburg, CEO & President, Intertech Plastics (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Area Development speaks with Noel Ginsburg, CEO and President of Intertech Plastics, about the reshoring trend, why OEMs are returning to the U.S. to manufacture their goods, and the impact that’s having on his business. More

First Person: Thailand Poised to Attract High-Tech and Knowledge-Based Industry

Supisara Chomparn, Director, Thailand Board of Investment, New York (March 2013)

Area Development’s editor recently posed some questions to the director of Thailand’s Board of Investment in New York, Supisara Chomparn, about the country’s economic growth and business attraction efforts. More

In Focus: Intelligent Communities Provide a Positive Environment for Business Growth

John G. Jung , Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Intelligent Communities are differentiating themselves with a culture that uses smart technologies in creative and innovative ways — creating a key competitive advantage that in turn attracts investment and promotes economic growth. More

First Person: U.S. Oil & Gas Boom - The Road to Energy Independence Is Not Without Challenges

Alexander Frei, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Global Business Consulting
, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 / Winter 2013)

The editor of Area Development magazine recently discussed the latest developments in the oil and gas industry and their economic impact with Alexander Frei, Director of the Business Incentives Practice at Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois. More

Editors Note: Following Apple’s Lead

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Directory 2013)

There’s more to the manufacturing-at-home argument than just rising overseas costs and supply chain risks. More

In Focus: Are You Tapping Into the Benefits of Logistics Clusters?

Yossi Sheffi, Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (Directory 2013)

Logistics clusters — communities of companies that share logistics expertise and know-how — have become key links in global supply chains and can be found in almost every region of the world. These agglomerations of firms have enjoyed significant growth because they deliver unique benefits to both companies and economies. More
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