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Location USA

FDI in the USA Remains Unrivaled

Companies choosing to invest in the United States are selecting a market powered by innovation with a diverse, highly skilled workforce and globally renowned educational and research institutions.

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Construction / Project Planning

Building Smarter: How to Ensure Optimization from Start to Finish and Beyond

A high-performing, future-ready, truly smart building can drive value for the occupants and organizations that depend on the facility.

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Contributed Content

Apprenticeships Are Key to Building a Workforce for the Future

Apprenticeships are powerful economic development tools, with long-term commitment and collaboration among key players including chambers of commerce, economic development groups, business and industry leaders, public schools and community colleges.

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Taxes / Incentives

Understanding the Evolving Incentives Landscape

Key trends across the states indicate a continued effort to lure new businesses with incentives, but there’s a sustained focus on transparency and ensuring a return on investment for taxpayers.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Uncertainty Driving Location Strategy Amid USMCA Debate

Companies must manage trade policy risks and opportunities in today’s uncertain global trade environment.

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Taxes / Incentives

Editor’s Note: To Incent or Not to Incent?

Research indicates that incentives “tip” only 20 percent of location decisions, but it seems that’s a percentage that states and communities aren’t willing to relinquish.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Selecting the Right Opportunity Zone for the Right Outcome

While the finding the right location for a new project is always a complex task, locating in an Opportunity Zone presents further challenges for both the company and the community in which it is investing.

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Construction / Project Planning

Late-Cycle Site Selection: Risk Management Principles

If your company chooses an asset that calls for renovation or adaptive reuse, risk management needs to be an important component of your strategy.

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Data Centers

How to Build a Data Center and Keep the Lights On

The data center building process is extremely complex, requiring careful planning with input from experts in wide-ranging fields.

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Construction / Project Planning

Acing a Project’s Entitlement Phase

Project due diligence along with clear communication with the project team and the surrounding community are needed to ensure your project gets off the ground.

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Taxes / Incentives

Four Key Concepts to Maximize Incentives

In order to maximize your ROI, start the incentives process early, think holistically, target those incentives that have the greatest effect on NPV, and make sure you understand all the players involved.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Which Talent Sourcing Strategy Is Right for Your Company - and Its Location?

Carefully aligning your company’s talent sourcing strategy with its choice for a new facility location will result in a successful investment decision.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Utilities’ Role in the Corporate Location Decision

Conveying a company’s utility needs to service providers and choosing a location that can properly meet those needs — now and into the future — will help to ensure a project’s success.

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Location USA

Making a Well-Informed U.S. Location Decision

By properly defining their search and taking advantage of expert help, food and beverage companies can make a well-informed U.S. location decision.

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Location USA

A Site Selector’s Checklist for Locating in the U.S.

From choosing a property to recruiting workers to navigating tax and regulatory considerations, challenges will occur — but with the right strategy and the help of an EDO, they can be mitigated.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

First Person: Building a Long-Term Manufacturing Workforce

Area Development’s staff writer, Mark Crawford, recently spoke to Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing in Pleasant Lake, Mich., about addressing the looming shortage of workers in manufacturing by hiring women, who are underrepresented in this field, and educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing.

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Location Notebook

Location Notebook: Tennessee Builds on Its Business Retention and Attraction Efforts

A commitment to manufacturing, its logistical advantages, and a workforce development push are at the core of Tennessee’s economic strength.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Employers Delve Into the Weeds of Cannabis Law

As the laws involving cannabis use — for both medicinal and recreational purposes — evolve, businesses must figure out how to operate in a changing environment.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Accessing Talent Through a Dual Headquarters Move

There are many lessons to be learned from the Amazon search for a second headquarters location, but establishing dual headquarters is more the exception than the rule.

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Construction / Project Planning

How LEED Certification Transformed Industrial Development Standards

Today’s businesses aren't pursuing LEED certifications to the extent that they did in the past because sustainable development is now a given — it’s demanded by the market.

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Construction / Project Planning

What Does Sustainability Mean in 2019?

Although sustainability in the built environment is still important, fewer projects are seeking certifications, while wellness features/amenities are becoming more mainstream.

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