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Government Policy / Business Climate

Working with Communities to Earn a Welcoming Reception

Understanding a community’s dynamics and getting its leaders and residents invested in a company’s location plans will lead to a successful project and long-term benefits for all.

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Contributed Content

Electricity 101: How to Work with Your Utility Provider to Determine the Best Service Solution

By working with a utility early in the location decision process, a company can make sure it chooses the best site to reliably and cost effectively satisfy its energy needs.

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Location Notebook

Location Notebook: Texas Builds on Its Strengths and Confronts Its Challenges

Population growth, a favorable tax climate, and a business-friendly environment are among the factors fueling economic gains and drawing corporate investment to Texas.

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Location Notebook

Location Notebook: Diversification Bolstering Economic Growth in Ohio

While building on its existing strengths — including its logistical advantages, low tax burden, and productive workforce — Ohio is seeking to diversify the state’s economy.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

If site selectors take the time to identify and communicate their key criteria to economic developers — who take the time to listen — the end result will be a perfect match!

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Location Notebook

Location Notebook: Indiana Is Making Global Connections

Both domestic and foreign advanced technology and other firms are investing in Indiana, a state with a well-prepared workforce and lifestyle initiatives to attract younger workers.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Which Talent Sourcing Strategy Is Right for Your Company - and Its Location?

Carefully aligning your company’s talent sourcing strategy with its choice for a new facility location will result in a successful investment decision.

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Contributed Content

Apprenticeships Are Key to Building a Workforce for the Future

Apprenticeships are powerful economic development tools, with long-term commitment and collaboration among key players including chambers of commerce, economic development groups, business and industry leaders, public schools and community colleges.

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Location USA

A Site Selector’s Checklist for Locating in the U.S.

From choosing a property to recruiting workers to navigating tax and regulatory considerations, challenges will occur — but with the right strategy and the help of an EDO, they can be mitigated.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

First Person: Building a Long-Term Manufacturing Workforce

Area Development’s staff writer, Mark Crawford, recently spoke to Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing in Pleasant Lake, Mich., about addressing the looming shortage of workers in manufacturing by hiring women, who are underrepresented in this field, and educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing.

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Workforce Training / Education

Front Line: Ensuring a “Pipeline” of Qualified Workers

Pipeline AZ was developed to match job-seekers with industry openings as well as academic institutions and local job training resources.

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Location USA

Workforce Strategies for Projects Generated by FDI

Companies need to remain aware of U.S. workforce trends and realize that data alone may not give them a complete picture of the labor situation in a particular market.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Front Line: Implications for Industry of Raising the Minimum Wage

With manufacturers today employing fewer minimum wage-workers, the industrial sector may be only minimally affected by an increase.

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Contributed Content

Sometimes You Have to Move; Sometimes You Don’t.

Structural precast building materials can give you options.

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Location USA

Practical Considerations for Expanding into the U.S.

The U.S. is well-positioned to attract FDI, but comprehensive due diligence and planning is still necessary for a business to make an optimal investment decision.

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Location USA

FDI in the USA Remains Unrivaled

Companies choosing to invest in the United States are selecting a market powered by innovation with a diverse, highly skilled workforce and globally renowned educational and research institutions.

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Construction / Project Planning

Building Smarter: How to Ensure Optimization from Start to Finish and Beyond

A high-performing, future-ready, truly smart building can drive value for the occupants and organizations that depend on the facility.

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Taxes / Incentives

Understanding the Evolving Incentives Landscape

Key trends across the states indicate a continued effort to lure new businesses with incentives, but there’s a sustained focus on transparency and ensuring a return on investment for taxpayers.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Uncertainty Driving Location Strategy Amid USMCA Debate

Companies must manage trade policy risks and opportunities in today’s uncertain global trade environment.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Selecting the Right Opportunity Zone for the Right Outcome

While the finding the right location for a new project is always a complex task, locating in an Opportunity Zone presents further challenges for both the company and the community in which it is investing.

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