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Skilled Labor / STEM

Labor Challenges in the Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors Persist

Despite an improving economy, businesses are continuing to face obstacles in finding, training, and retaining enough qualified workers.

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DCs / Warehousing

Front Line: Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Digitization

Although the pandemic accelerated growth in e-commerce, will companies continue to increase their investment in digital technologies?

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: Infrastructure Investment Faces Hurdles

Projects funded by the infrastructure bill are projected to create nearly a million jobs — but filling those jobs may present a challenge.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Creating a Work Environment For Employee Growth and Development

In August, Rocki Rockingham was named Chief Human Resources Officer for GE Appliances. Area Development’s editor recently asked her about the company’s strategy to build upon its recent global “Great Place to Work” recognition and to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains top talent.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Solutions for Decisively Navigating the Location Decision

Effective site selection involves factoring the stakeholder criteria matrix, site conditions, and ever-changing market forces into the final decision.

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Workplace Trends

Adapting to Agility: Leveraging a “Hub and Spoke” Model

As a company’s workforce becomes more dispersed, they need to rethink not only how they support those employees but also the physical footprint of their business.

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Portfolio Management / CRE

In Focus: The Challenge of Finding Improved Land

Because improved land is hard to come by, more investors and developers are evaluating true greenfield opportunities in far outer rings of major markets.

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Food Processing

The Challenges of Renovating an Existing Facility Into a Food Plant

Renovating an existing facility seems faster and cheaper than going with a greenfield site — but when it comes to a food plant, that might not be the case.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Talent-Based Location Strategies

Today’s highly competitive market for technical talent is leading many companies to consider entering lesser-known geographies where they can find more accessible pools of high-quality and cost-effective talent in a lower-risk hiring environment.

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Contributed Content

Tennessee: A Growing Capital of Electric Vehicle Production

The state of Tennessee is committed to providing the pro-business environment and skilled labor necessary for the transition of the U.S. auto sector to electric vehicle production.

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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: A PFAS State of Mind

While the law concerning PFAS is still in flux, property owners and operators need to consider its implications.

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Sustainable Development

In Focus: The Future of Sustainability in Real Estate

As they realize the impact the built world has on the environment, companies are increasingly transitioning to cleaner, greener facilities and operations.

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Contributed Content

Greater Richmond Area Provides Flexible Office-Space Solutions

With its lower operating costs, well-educated workforce, and pro-business environment, Greater Richmond is adding to its roster of companies.

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Workforce Training / Education

Front Line: Finding, Creating, and Supporting Talent

By helping to recruit and train workers, the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program gives companies located in Virginia a competitive edge.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Communicating Your Project’s Value to Local Stakeholders

Through the use of economic impact studies, a company can demonstrate the value of its project to government officials and local residents.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

How an International Business Can Enter the U.S. Market Via M&A

Tapping into the U.S. market can provide a company with many advantages, but the process can be complicated and require professional advice and support.

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