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Biotech / Life Sciences

Life Sciences’ Quest for a Future-Friendly Real Estate Strategy

Record-breaking R&D investment in the life sciences industry is spurring real estate innovation too.

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Contributed Content

The Future of Manufacturing in America

Executives from major manufacturers offer their perspectives on how these trends will impact the future of manufacturing in Virginia and beyond.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Population and GDP Grow in South Carolina

South Carolina’s business-friendly environment is drawing new businesses that can take advantage of its longstanding workforce training program to fulfill their needs.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Bridging the Skilled Trades Gap

Public institutions and private companies are deploying innovative solutions to address the ongoing scarcity of skilled trades workers and narrow the nationwide skilled trades gap.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Front Line: Trend Toward Microfactories Continues

By utilizing microfactories, manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in product design and demand.

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Workplace Trends

Manufacturers: Make Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives a Priority

As the U.S. demographic changes, manufacturers and other companies must step up their diversity and inclusion efforts in order to fulfill their workforce needs.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Are Your Employees Ready to Work with Robots?

As manufacturers increasingly employ robots on the factory floor, they must communicate to their workforces how their roles will change and prepare them to work collaboratively with this new technology.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

How CFOs Should Address Trade Questions — ASAP

Recent trade tensions and announced tariffs are proving disruptive to businesses, creating an uphill battle for CFOs, but they can mitigate supplier uncertainties by leveraging data.

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Automotive

“Future-Proofing” Buildings to Account for Autonomous Vehicles

As self-driving vehicles become more ubiquitous, facility designers and owners will need to develop strategies that cover a wide range of possibilities.

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Automotive

The Convergence of Technology + Automotive and Its Impact on Site Selection

Automotive suppliers must approach site selection prudently, with an eye to a long-term solution when evaluating potential locations as well as their labor pools.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Positive Signs for the Mississippi Economy

Businesses in Mississippi benefit from customized training programs and enhanced incentives, as well as the state’s investments in infrastructure.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

How to Write a Smart RFI

Properly approaching the Request for Information process will result in receiving the submission of quality sites that will meet your company’s goals.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Recruiting and Managing the Multigenerational Workforce

Area Development recently asked Kylene Zenk — director of the Manufacturing Practice at Kronos, Inc., a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management (HCM) software solutions — for her input on recruiting and managing a multigenerational workforce.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

The Trade War and Its Impact on the Location Decision Process

How can site selectors survive and also find fresh opportunities in a world where not only tariffs, but also national boundaries and trade barriers, will become more meaningful than they have been in the recent past?

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Construction / Project Planning

Four Site Factors That Can Derail Your Construction Budget

Although sitework is expensive, most of the expense can be planned and accounted for if your contractor is on board early in the construction process.

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Data Centers

Risk Assessment: The Key to Successful Data Center Planning and Design

Those planning a data center facility must consider not only geographic and security risks, but also the threat presented by acoustics from fire suppression and other systems.

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Aerospace

Where to Invest in the Booming Aerospace Manufacturing Industry

The U.S. remains top-ranked globally for aerospace attractiveness, but companies must consider labor, infrastructure, and tax policy among other factors when deciding where to locate their next U.S. facility.

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Contributed Content

Greater Richmond: Fintech Hotspot

Richmond’s emerging financial technology market is challenging traditional districts, with its advanced telecommunications infrastructure, educated workers with high-tech skills, streamlined regulations, and low taxes.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

The Ever-Greater Expectations for Infrastructure

Companies providing quality jobs have never been in a better position to ask for the infrastructure and incentives they need in order to locate their facility — or remain — in a community.

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