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Construction / Project Planning

Construction vs. Production: Tips for Constructing Capital Projects Within an Operating Plant

To deliver a successful capital project inside an operating plant, all of the project stakeholders — the owner, architect/engineer, equipment supplier, and constructor — must plan ahead to minimize production disruption.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

No Easy Fix for Supply Chain Struggles

Labor shortages intertwined with other supply chain issues are creating gridlock at the nation’s ports.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Talent-Based Location Strategies

Today’s highly competitive market for technical talent is leading many companies to consider entering lesser-known geographies where they can find more accessible pools of high-quality and cost-effective talent in a lower-risk hiring environment.

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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: A PFAS State of Mind

While the law concerning PFAS is still in flux, property owners and operators need to consider its implications.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: Infrastructure Investment Faces Hurdles

Projects funded by the infrastructure bill are projected to create nearly a million jobs — but filling those jobs may present a challenge.

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Sustainable Development

In Focus: The Future of Sustainability in Real Estate

As they realize the impact the built world has on the environment, companies are increasingly transitioning to cleaner, greener facilities and operations.

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Contributed Content

Greater Richmond Area Provides Flexible Office-Space Solutions

With its lower operating costs, well-educated workforce, and pro-business environment, Greater Richmond is adding to its roster of companies.

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Workforce Training / Education

Front Line: Finding, Creating, and Supporting Talent

By helping to recruit and train workers, the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program gives companies located in Virginia a competitive edge.

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Workforce Training / Education

Workforce Development Programs Are in Overdrive

Job losses resulting from the pandemic have made upskilling of workers for the post-COVID economy even more critical, and government and private organizations are stepping up.

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Contributed Content

Tennessee: A Growing Capital of Electric Vehicle Production

The state of Tennessee is committed to providing the pro-business environment and skilled labor necessary for the transition of the U.S. auto sector to electric vehicle production.

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DCs / Warehousing

Front Line: Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Digitization

Although the pandemic accelerated growth in e-commerce, will companies continue to increase their investment in digital technologies?

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Labor Challenges in the Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors Persist

Despite an improving economy, businesses are continuing to face obstacles in finding, training, and retaining enough qualified workers.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Creating a Work Environment For Employee Growth and Development

In August, Rocki Rockingham was named Chief Human Resources Officer for GE Appliances. Area Development’s editor recently asked her about the company’s strategy to build upon its recent global “Great Place to Work” recognition and to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains top talent.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Solutions for Decisively Navigating the Location Decision

Effective site selection involves factoring the stakeholder criteria matrix, site conditions, and ever-changing market forces into the final decision.

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Workplace Trends

Adapting to Agility: Leveraging a “Hub and Spoke” Model

As a company’s workforce becomes more dispersed, they need to rethink not only how they support those employees but also the physical footprint of their business.

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Portfolio Management / CRE

In Focus: The Challenge of Finding Improved Land

Because improved land is hard to come by, more investors and developers are evaluating true greenfield opportunities in far outer rings of major markets.

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