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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

In Focus: Four Tips for Renewing Your Office Lease

Stephen F. Graw, Sperry Van Ness/Nashville  (Q3 2014)

Following these steps will help to ensure you get the best deal on your office renewal lease and offer peace of mind that you have done the research, understand your options, and selected the deal that’s best for your company. More

Editor’s Note: Which Locations Are Leading in Economic Growth and Job Creation?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2014)

Although the economy was off to a slow start this year, the states and MSAs highlighted in Area Development’s Gold and Silver Shovel and 100 Leading Locations reports will be among the leaders of the predicted economic rebound for 2014. More

First Person: Aerospace Industry Focuses on Technological Growth and Job Retention

Jeff Troan, Director, Lockheed Martin Corporate Treasury (Q2 2014)

Jeff Troan, of Lockheed Martin, talks to staff writer Clare Goldsberry about economic development issues facing the aerospace industry including priorities when making location decisions and the value of incentives. More

In Focus: 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

Editor’s Note: Building a Skilled Workforce for the 21st Century

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

Government, business, and academic leaders are attempting to build a workforce for 21st century careers that require STEM talent and specialized skills. 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