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Taxes / Incentives

The Form and Substance of Business Incentives

Government at all levels continues to provide numerous incentives to companies in varied industrial sectors in order to generate jobs and economic prosperity.

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Food Processing

Front Line: The Growth of Indoor and Vertical Farming

In an attempt to deal with the vagaries of weather and changing climate, farmers are turning to vertical and other high-tech indoor farms.

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Workplace Trends

How Are Economic Developers Partnering to Solve Workforce Challenges?

Companies can expect to find help from forward-thinking economic development organizations in fulfilling their labor force requirements.

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Workplace Trends

The Great Migration of Workers

Companies must understand how a shift in workforce development and remote work will impact their location decisions.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Innovation Corridors Update

From robotics to EVs, from semiconductors to the life sciences, metro and regional hubs of innovation are advancing economic development across the nation.

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Workplace Trends

Shifting Priorities: How Companies Are Navigating the Post-2020 Hiring Landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the overall talent landscape, with the competitive market now driving companies to look at smaller less established markets to satisfy their workforce needs.

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Food Processing

Food Processors’ Optimal Location Decision

Whether evaluating existing buildings or finding a location for a new facility, food processors must make sure all the variables involved align to support the final decision.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Factoring Mexico Into a Solution to the Global Supply Chain Crisis

While its proximity to the U.S. and lower labor costs make Mexico a good location for a manufacturing operation, other costs may be higher, and its supplier base still lacks maturity.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Manufacturers: Disrupt or Be Disrupted

Area Development’s staff editor, Lisa Bastian, recently posed some question to American Crane’s CEO & President, Karen Norheim, about how overcoming pandemic challenges has strengthened the company for what lies ahead, as well as opportunities for women in manufacturing.

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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: The Facility’s Envelope: A Multifaceted Ecosystem

For infrastructure preparedness, a big picture and narrow focus are equally important.

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Contributed Content

Tennessee Is a Leader for Electric Vehicle Production in the U.S.

Since 2013, Tennessee’s thriving EV industry continues to make headlines with announcements of multimillion-dollar investments by EV manufacturers and suppliers.

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Energy / Clean Tech

Location Factors for a Large Natural Gas User

By following the four strategies outlined below, the location team for a natural gas user can uncover more potential sites, reduce costs, and enhance competitiveness.

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Contributed Content

Eight Public/Private Partnerships Strengthening Michigan’s Talent Pool

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation works with the state’s universities and local organizations to ensure businesses have access to the advanced talent they need to grow and succeed.

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Workplace Trends

Reprioritize Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Manufacturers must reprioritize their DEI efforts in order to acquire and retain the best talent, which will lead to enhanced employee performance and increased innovation

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Contributed Content

NYC Economy Going Strong

A new report on New York City’s economy shows that the city still lives up to its long-standing reputation as the global business capital.

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Manufacturing / Industrial

In Focus: The CHIPS Act - A Historic Investment in Our Future

By helping to provide a critical domestic supply chain, the CHIPS Act represents a new era of American industrial competitiveness.

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Taxes / Incentives

Inflation Reduction Act Promotes the Nation’s “Energy Security”

The clock is ticking for manufacturers to get maximum tax benefits on new projects under the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Last Word: Decision-Making Dynamics in an Uncertain World-Business Despises Uncertainty

Data points are shifting, and location decision-making must change to be evidence-based in approach. Long-term planning is admirable, but short-term incremental gains may be more prudent in the near-term economy.

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