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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Mitigating Risk with Aggressive Support in Economic Development

Having an economic development program in place, ready to go, will help a community get back on its feet once the devastating threat of COVID-19 is behind us.

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Advanced Manufacturing

In Focus: 3D Printing Continues to Rock Manufacturing

Manufacturing — not just printing — fully functioning parts and biomanufacturing are on the horizon for 3D.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

The USMCA Clears a Cloud of Uncertainty

The passage of the new North American trade pact — the USMCA — brightens an already sunny outlook for industrial real estate.

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Construction / Project Planning

First Person: Technology, Collaboration Affecting the Design & Construction Industries

Area Development recently asked SSOE Group’s CEO Vince DiPofi about his organization’s evolving geographic and industrial markets, use of technology, and the effect of innovations in design and construction.

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Contributed Content

The Quality of Bluegrass

When company decision-makers consider a location’s quality of life, affordability, quality education and healthcare, as well as outstanding recreational and cultural opportunities are among the factors pointing them to Kentucky.

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Asset / Facility Management

Workspace Optimization Measures for 2020

As businesses and the spaces they occupy continue to evolve, they must consider whether they are optimizing those spaces or whether changes can be made.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Front Line: NEPA Rule Changes on the Horizon

Proposed changes to the environmental review have been welcomed by NAM and others.

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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: Key Success Factors for Building a Cannabis Processing Center

Developers looking for growth opportunities presented by increasing legalization of cannabis must be familiar with state-level building codes for processing facilities.

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Construction / Project Planning

The Evolution of Facility Design

Attracting and retaining the next generation of talent is now a critical input to the facility design process.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Hot Jobs: Growing Industrial Sectors

Although the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession have been regained, not all regions or industry sectors have experienced the same recovery.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Reforming the Imbalanced Trade Relationship with China

Unfair trade has cost America millions of jobs, and the Phase 1 deal with China won’t help.

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Economy / Market Analysis

In Focus: A Holistic Balance Sheet: The Key to Successful Real Estate

As the industrial landscape shifts, occupiers need to seek out opportune markets as well as evaluate the impact of labor costs in order to be successful.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

HQ: Two Letters That Economic Developers Covet

Cost-cutting, market and labor access, and proximity to others in an industry group are among the factors driving headquarters relocation decisions.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Manufacturing Drives Growth in the Southern States

Big-picture data provides evidence of a regional economy on the rise, with manufacturing as the centerpiece of its growth.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: The Plains States Leverage Their Synergies

Growth and collaboration mark the economic development picture in the Plains States, which have joined forces to compete against other more populous regions.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Technology and Natural Resources Fuel Pacific States’ Economies

Located at the epicenter of the nation’s tech industry, the Pacific region also benefits from a wealth of agricultural and natural resources as well as its locational advantages.

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Data Centers

Data Centers Continue to Evolve

Consolidation, the adoption of cloud services, edge computing and hybrid colocation are among the latest trends affecting the data center industry.

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Contributed Content

Research, Engineering, and Design: The Talent Cluster in a Talent-Focused World

Economic development organizations that identify their “talent clusters” can help companies to find the skilled labor they require.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: New DOT Focus on Rural Development

“Economic success” is a critical component of the Department of Transportation’s new initiative.

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