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First Person: Disruptive Technologies Changing the Business Landscape

Jack Uldrich (Q2 2018)

Area Development recently asked Jack Uldrich, a global futurist and author, about today’s disruptive technologies and what business leaders need to do to stay ahead of the curve. Uldrich frequently speaks about technology, change management, and leadership to Fortune 100 corporations, venture capital firms, associations, NGOs, and government bodies around the world. More

America’s Economic Strength Built on Global Connections

Nancy McLernon, President & CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII) (Q1 2018)

Considering the fact that global investment from foreign-based companies supports 6.8 million American jobs, U.S. trade policy should not be viewed as an “us vs. them” proposition. More

First Person: Apprenticeship Programs Are a Win-Win for Industries and Workers

Kim Nichols, CEO, Franklin Apprenticeships (Q1 2018)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Kim Nichols, the CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships, about how modernized apprenticeships can change the perception of the manufacturing industry while helping to satisfy its workforce needs, as well as the needs of other advanced industries. More

Front Line: Will the Latest Round of Minimum Wage Increases Affect Employment Levels?

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Since the tight labor market has already pushed up wages, studies have shown an increase in the minimum wage will have minimal negative impact on employment levels. More

In Focus: The ELD Mandate - How It Will Change Your Business Operations

Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery (Q1 2018)

The ELD Mandate, which will change how truckers operate, will ultimately benefit both the trucking industry and the shippers/manufacturers that utilize the industry’s services. More

In Focus: Anticipating the Workplace Needs of Generation Z

Robin Weckesser , President & Founder, a3 Workplace Strategies (Q4 2017)

The new kids in the workplace differ from previous generations and present major implications for workplace design. More

In Focus: Doing Business Without Talking — Millennials’ Impact on CRE

Brian Zrimsek, Industry Principal, MRI Software (Q4 2017)

Those involved in corporate real estate are increasingly adopting a digital approach to conducting business. More

First Person: Siemens Real Estate’s Use of Intelligent Space Design Impacts Employee Productivity and the Bottom Line

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Region Americas, Siemens Real Estate, Siemens Real Estate (Q4 2017)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Michael Kruklinski about intelligent space management at Siemens and how office configuration can play a role in employee satisfaction and productivity. More

First Person: Ontario’s Investment Office Is a One-Stop Information Source for Investors

Allan O'Dette, Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Investment Office (Location Canada 2017)

Allan O’Dette was appointed as Ontario’s first Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in April 2017. He leads the newly created Ontario Investment Office, which has both a domestic and international facing mandate to secure increased investment in key sectors while strengthening the overall competitiveness of Ontario firms. More

First Person: A 20-Year Take on the Supply Chain Revolution

Rich Thompson, International Director and Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q3 2017)

Supply chain and logistics activities have become a much more visible part of the real estate industry and crucial among developers over the past 20 years. As the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA and possibly other free trade agreements, Rich Thompson, JLL’s Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions, has been consulting with the firm’s clients about what the future might bring. In this interview, Thompson discusses how supply chain and logistics has been a major driver of industrial development over the last couple of decades — and where it’s headed next. More

In Focus: Taking A “Servant Leadership” Approach to Culture Change

Randy Johnson, President & CEO, Romeo RIM and Honey Dennison, Director of Human Resources, Romeo RIM (Q3 2017)

A focus on core behaviors — which can be observed and measured — is the first priority in a company’s cultural transformation; it will clarify which behaviors are acceptable and deter the formation of any subcultures. More

First Person: Education and Perception Struggle to Keep Up with Modern Manufacturing

Dr. David B. Williams, Dean, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University (Q3 2017)

As new manufacturing processes and technologies come on board at an increasing rate, educational institutions must provide manufacturers with the prepared work force they need; parents may also need to rethink their perceptions of manufacturing of what a manufacturing career is and is not. More

First Person: Finding and Preparing the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce

Larry E. Fast, Founder & President,  Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence (Q2 2017)

Larry E. Fast, a 35-year veteran of the wire and cable industry and author of The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence: A Lean Leader’s Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, 2nd Edition. In this interview, Fast explains how manufacturing plants can institute a strategy for excellence on the shop floor and why soft skills are as important as hard ones. More

In Focus: Alternative Workplace Strategies: Open Offices Gaining Traction

Robin Weckesser , President & Founder, a3 Workplace Strategies (Q2 2017)

An open or hybrid office can help to promote employee collaboration and boost productivity, while also resulting in cost savings. More

In Focus: Why America’s Supply Chain Is Shifting East

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank (Q1 2017)

With a vast rail and intermodal network, East Coast ports are well positioned to support the growing e-commerce trend. More

Editor’s Note: Manufacturing Execs Offer Insights on the Effect of Trump Administration’s Policies on Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

75% of C-level manufacturing executives surveyed believe that economic conditions under the new Trump administration will be favorable to moving ahead with new facility or facility expansion plans. More

Editor’s Note: About Those Manufacturing Jobs…

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Directory 2017)

Overall U.S. labor force participation rate (LPR) has trended downward since 2010 - which could be tied in part to skill sets not matching up to today’s job opportunities - creating a low unemployment paradox. More

In Focus: Has the Moment for Infrastructure Revival Arrived?

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Directory 2017)

The United States has indisputably underfunded infrastructure spending for the past several decades, and the lack of investment has been cited as a key constraint to doing business domestically. If Congress aligns with the White House in support of greater infrastructure funding, many states and cities stand to benefit. More

Editor's Note: Food Processors’ Grow Sales, Overcome Challenges

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (2016 Food Processing)

New safety regulations, shifting consumer preferences, and finding the right talent are just some of the challenges food processors are facing as their sales continue to grow. More

First Person: TPP Will Update the Rulebook for Trade

John G. Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy, U.S. Chamber and Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2016)

John Murphy, Sr. VP for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently explained to Area Development’s editor why trade agreements are important for the U.S. economy and discussed the negative consequences of a retreat on trade. More

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