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Advanced Manufacturing

3D Manufacturing and COVID-19

The global pandemic may be taking the U.S. back to the days of regional manufacturing, simplifying supply chains and making us more self-sufficient.

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International Location Reports

Caribbean: Business Locations in Sunny Places

Sophisticated technology and infrastructure attributes, friendly wage rates, multilingual skilled labor, and sometimes surprising real estate deals make the Caribbean islands an attractive option for investment.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Southeast Ports Expand Capacity

Southeastern U.S. ports are pursuing aggressive infrastructure expansion projects to accommodate larger vessels and more cargo.

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Energy / Clean Tech

Cultivate a Second Life for Decommissioned Power Plants

As the need for industrial development grows and requirements for coal-fired decommissioning increase, land repositioning can offer a mutually beneficial solution.

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COVID-19 Response

First Person: A Manufacturer’s Response to Pandemic-Related Challenges

Area Development’s editor recently asked PPG’s Tim Knavish — who is responsible for the architectural coatings business in USCA, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, the global automotive refinish business, the Latin America region, and the digital and information technology functions — about his company’s response to COVID and important operating concerns.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Driving Economic Prosperity Through Entrepreneurism

Entrepreneurism will be the “shot in the arm” the economy so desperately needs to recover.

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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: Construction Tech Adoption Speeds Up

Despite the bleaker impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic has created the opportunity for construction technology adoption to dramatically accelerate.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Challenges of Moving Manufacturing Out of China

When moving manufacturing out of China, there’s a lot to consider, e.g., employment contracts, retrieval of tooling and molds, IP protection, and taxes and fees.

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Consultants Forum Insights

Global Innovation Hubs: Markets Driving the Future of Business

Area Development interviewed David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates, at our Houston Consultants Forum. Our discussion covered the factors that go into the making of a global innovation hub.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Recruiting and Retaining Today’s Manufacturing Workforce

Area Development recently asked Kylene Zenk — director of the Manufacturing Practice at UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), a leading global provider of HR services and workforce management solutions — for her input on recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce in the age of COVID-19.

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Contributed Content

COVID-19 Highlights Distribution and Logistics Sector’s Importance

Industry helps the nation battle the pandemic while positioning Kentucky for future growth.

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Contributed Content

Advanced Manufacturing Key to Richmond’s Continued Economic Growth

With its central East Coast location, modern infrastructure, affordable costs, talented work force, and pro-business support, the Greater Richmond area is attracting its share of companies in a diverse array of advanced manufacturing industries.

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Data Centers

Pandemic Fuels Data Center Growth

With employees working remotely, school being held virtually, and everyone being entertained via the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis, growth of these mission-critical facilities accelerated and will continue to do so.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Front Line: Job Creation Through Reshoring

Companies are considering reshoring operations for better supply chain management and are creating jobs in the process.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: Reverse Logistics Opportunities, Challenges

As online sales have surged so have purchase returns, resulting in reverse logistics challenges for shippers.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

“Made in America” Executive Order to Affect International Companies and FDI

The new administration’s Executive Order may provide the impetus for those companies considering U.S. manufacturing projects to proceed.

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Construction / Project Planning

Strategies for Accelerating Project Execution

Pandemic-related project delays have prompted manufacturers to investigate alternative project-delivery approaches to make up for lost time.

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Rural Economies

Another Look at Rural Economies

Some communities are doing well, some are turning things around, some still have an uphill battle ahead of them. And this points to perhaps the biggest problem with our approach to rural economies: we lump all rural places into the singular “rural America” bucket.

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Consultants Forum Insights

What Should a CFO Know About Investment Opportunities in Latin America

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa, spoke with Area Development about the state of cross border investment between the United States, Mexico and Latin America after their presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Trends in Office and Industrial Parks

Allowing employees to continue to work remotely and possible moves to the less densely populated suburbs are among the factors that will affect corporate real estate in 2021.

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