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Top States for Business

2019 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Sixth Year in a Row

The top-ranked states have landed on the radar of today’s site selection consultants because of their low business costs, generous incentive programs, and competitive labor environments, among other probusiness advantages.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

All Politics Is Local, Especially for a New Site

Companies looking to open a facility in an unfamiliar location must assess its local political climate to determine if it’s one in which it can succeed now and in the future.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Gen Z: Shaping Location and Expansion Decisions

Companies using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other technology are seeking out Gen Zers to fulfill their workforce needs — in places this most tech-savvy cohort of the labor force wants to be.

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Aerospace

Controlling Conditions in Aerospace Manufacturing Facilities

Modern aerospace facilities have special interior environmental requirements in order to support the manufacture of cutting-edge technology and products.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Georgia - An International Business Destination

Foreign direct investment and global trade have had a huge impact on economic development in the state of Georgia.

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Automotive

FDI in the U.S. Auto Industry Continues Unabated

Foreign automakers and their suppliers continue to invest in the U.S. to access its huge market, highly educated workers, and “culture of innovation.”

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Front Line: Feeling the Effects of New Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

Both manufacturers and consumers are paying the price for these new tariffs, with many in the former group asking for exclusions.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

First Person: Globalization, E-Commerce, Last-Mile Delivery, and Other Supply-Chain Challenges

Area Development recently asked Steve Hess, VP of Real Estate Development at DHL Supply Chain, about issues affecting companies’ global supply chains. DHL is the largest global operator of logistics space, having acquired and/or developed over 20 million square feet of industrial space in the last several years alone, providing both internal and external customers with individually tailored real estate solutions, says Hess.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Building Economic Momentum in Oklahoma

Oklahoma seeks to capitalize on recent growth by continuing to diversify its economy, upgrading its educational system, and strengthening its brand.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Advanced Manufacturing Disrupts the Location Process

As technological advances fundamentally alter long-standing manufacturing processes and practices, they’re also upending the way advanced manufacturing companies consider locations for their facilities.

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Automotive

Which Government Policies Will Drive the AV Sector Forward?

State policymaking geared toward interconnectedness and integration is key to growth of the autonomous vehicle sector.

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Location Canada

FDI Surges Ahead in Canada

Canada continues to be a premier investment destination and is dedicated to protecting its key industries, investing in innovation, and developing its workforce.

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Automotive

The Evolving Automotive Landscape: What’s Driving the Future?

Dramatic changes in automotive technology are impacting the industry’s labor force, as legislative moves attempt to steer the industry’s future.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

People Analytics Helps Define the Search for Skilled Labor

The analysis of human capital flows across markets and regions measures how, why, and where talent and skill clusters are creating and supporting sustainable market strength.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Growing Markets Positioned for Corporate Location Success

Corporate site location projects begin with understanding which regional markets are growing and will provide a long-term pool of skilled workers and a successful economy attractive to the company and its supply chain.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

In Focus: Last-Mile Distribution Drives Industrial Demand in Secondary Markets

Retailers are rethinking their supply chain management and locating closer to the end customer to meet their lightning-fast delivery expectations.

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