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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: Solutions Needed for Truck Driver Shortage

The supply chain continues to be negatively affected by a shortage of long-haul truckers, in particular, but recruiting more military veterans and women may be part of the solution.

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Workforce Training / Education

Applied Learning Fuels Investment in Workforce Training Facilities

With tailwinds such as government incentives and changing vocational preferences, workforce training facilities are poised for continued growth throughout the U.S.

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Workplace Trends

Insights on Staffing and the Location Decision

When selecting a new site, companies today confront an ever-changing landscape of factors to consider, from site and facility planning to workforce analytics and training. Christine Chandler, president of AdvantaStaff, and Lovora Brown, AdvantaStaff’s director of Operations, who bring a combined 50 years’ experience in the manufacturing and distribution industry, provide their perspective on workforce issues that are important to companies’ location decisions.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

After the Ribbon Is Cut: Shifting the Talent Strategy to Retention & Upskilling

By upskilling its workforce, a company can improve its overall productivity, while positively impacting employee satisfaction and retention.

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Energy / Clean Tech

In Focus: Working Toward Zero-Emission Buildings Ahead of Regulatory Mandates

All stakeholders working in unison will benefit the environment while also resulting in positive business outcomes.

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Workplace Trends

The Importance of Understanding Labor Issues in Making the Location Decision

Site selectors should assess a potential location’s workforce with an eye to identifying areas of concern that might make it open to unionization efforts.

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Business Globalization

Made in the USA: Shoring Up Options for U.S. Manufacturing’s Resurgence

With the right planning, investors and occupiers have a unique opportunity to reshape the future of the U.S. and Americas-wide manufacturing sector.

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Contributed Content

Tennessee’s Ceramics Industry Attracts International Investment

Its large supply of natural resources for the ceramic tile industry, along with an established industry cluster, continues to attract ceramics makers to Tennessee.

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Food Processing

Future-Proofing Food & Beverage Facilities: Why Site Selection Matters

Access, utilities, workforce, regulatory issues and future-proofing are all key considerations for choosing the right location for a long-term investment.

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Workplace Trends

How to Factor in Labor Needs While Selecting a Site for Expansion

With today’s low unemployment rates, companies must consider how they will fulfill their workforce needs early on in the site selection process.

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Taxes / Incentives

How to Break the Bad News: Navigating the Conversation When a Company Doesn’t Meet Expectations

When a company cannot meet the original parameters set by its project, communication is critical to identifying potential solutions.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

AI 101 for Site Selection

A data-driven approach, enabled by AI and other technology, is enabling those charged with site selection to make better informed decisions that will allow their companies to thrive.

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Taxes / Incentives

First Person: Realizing the Inflation Reduction Act’s Full Potential

Brian Murphy discusses how tax and finance can collaborate to advance a company’s key sustainability goals.

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Workplace Trends

Look Beyond the Now When Considering Workforce Priorities

Industrial site selectors must consider not only a prospective location’s current labor pool but also its recruiting reach and unanticipated future demands and costs of a particular market.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Technology’s Influence on Workforce Development

How can a company develop an analytics-focused talent strategy to meet the needs of AI, specialized skillsets, automation, and beyond?

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Contributed Content

Elite Workforce, Strategic Investments Help Virginia Score Major Wins

From data centers to vertical farming to banking, a cross-section of industry is continuing to choose to locate and expand in Virginia, a state that provides them with a top-notch workforce.

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Sustainable Development

Front Line: Electrification of Industrial Processes

Reducing the use of fossil fuels in industrial processes will help cut costs while reducing GHG emissions.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Clustering Distribution Near Manufacturing Operations: An Old Idea Gaining New Traction

Real estate, labor, and transportation needs must be considered by companies considering a clustering strategy if they are to reap its full benefits.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

First Person: How to Identify and Build a Robust Community Ecosystem to Attract New Businesses

Creating an exceptional business environment to attract certain industries can be a daunting task for any community’s leaders. However, it can be done with focused introspection, research, and strong partnerships. Area Development’s staff editor Lisa Bastian asked Michael Flynn, senior director of Economic Development at Destination Medical Center (Rochester, MN), for his ideas on ecosystem formation.

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