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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Is Your Workplace Ready for the “Next Normal?”

Safety concerns must be balanced with the benefits of a vibrant workplace culture.

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Contributed Content

Kentucky Uniquely Positioned to Prosper Post-Pandemic

Kentucky's strength in manufacturing and logistical advantages are helping the state to not only recover from the pandemic crisis, but also further expand its economy.

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Asset / Facility Management

First Person: Handling Plant Shutdowns and Re-Openings During the Pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Area Development asked SSOE Group’s Michael Vetter about what companies are doing to keep their operations up and running and their employees safe.

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COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 and Site Selection in the Near and Long Term

The global pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation of the workforce, a shift to just-in-case inventory management, redirecting of incentives, and other changes in business priorities.

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COVID-19 Response

Protecting Building Resiliency During COVID-19 Pandemic

Whether your business’ facility has been completely shut down or minimally occupied, concerns about systems and security must be addressed to ensure a smooth reopening.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

In Focus: FDI Will Signal Better Days

The value and impact of FDI will remain an important part of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Innovation in America Reaches New Heights

If necessity is the mother of invention, the COVID-19 crisis is driving cooperative innovation by companies, government entities, and healthcare organizations.

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COVID-19 Response

Preparations for the “New Normal”

A highly robust telecom infrastructure combined with an educational system that can remotely deliver high-quality instruction and training are among the longer list of corporate “must-haves” in the post-COVID 19 era.

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COVID-19 Response

What Can Taxing Entities Do for Their Business Community?

State and local governments should forego tax revenue in 2020, allowing businesses to retain cash and restart their businesses.

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Contributed Content

Tennessee Industry Steps Up to Fight Covid-19

Tennessee’s businesses, researchers, and others have developed solutions and repurposed operations in response to the pandemic, and their efforts will serve as the foundation to the state’s rebound.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

“Future-Proofing” Corporate Location Decisions in Uncertain Times

Despite today’s unprecedented labor market uncertainty, predictive people analytics can still be used to understand exposure to the economic ramifications of the current crisis.

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Location USA

What Does the Future Hold for FDI from Europe?

The coronavirus pandemic has affected foreign direct investment from Europe, but some positive signs are seen going forward.

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Workplace Trends

Stick the Landing: How to Help Optimize Workplace Reentry

We’ve uncovered five key opportunities for corporate real estate leaders to make the most of innovative strategies and technologies that will alter the workplace as we knew it.

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Taxes / Incentives

Proactive Management of Incentives Deals

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies need to determine if they are at risk of breach of incentives contracts and communicate with the incentive-granting authorities.

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COVID-19 Response

Successfully Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

Before employers bring personnel back into the workplace, they need to ensure their safety and accommodate those with special needs, while adhering to employment laws.

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COVID-19 Response

Hitting the Reset Button: How to Pivot the Perception of Economic Development

Economic developers are playing an important role in helping businesses to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and their use of incentives to solidify relationships should not be shunned.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Accelerated Trends Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Workforce Marketplace

Businesses and communities will find that the solution to their post-COVID workforce problems is the same: skills.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

In Focus: When — and How — to Ramp Up the Workforce

Although the COVID crisis has forced companies to lay off or furlough employees, they need to consider talent acquisition strategies now.

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Consultants Forum Insights

Global Investment In – and Within – North America

Marc Beauchamp, President and CEO, CAI Global Group, spoke with Area Development about recent Canadian and international investment projects in the U.S. from a site selection perspective after his presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum.

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COVID-19 Response

Risk Management, Enhanced Communication Needed in Post-Pandemic Environment

Companies must proactively incorporate redundancy, safety, and communication into their operations.

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COVID-19 Response

How Pandemic Will Affect Corporate Location

The COVID 19 crisis will bring about changes in location strategies and how the process is conducted, as well as in which projects will go forward.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: Inland Ports Spur Distribution Growth

Locations in the middle part of the country provide an alternative to coastal seaports while providing quick intermodal connections to the nation’s interior.

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