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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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Workplace Trends

The Future of the Workforce Is a “Better Normal”

Redefining the workforce in a post-pandemic world will likely be driven by the ideals of our largest generation — millennials.

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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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Construction / Project Planning

Attaining a Big-Picture Perspective With a Facility Master Plan

Don’t attempt a manufacturing site and facility master plan without these “must haves.”

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Skilled Labor / STEM

First Person: Understanding and Investing in Current and Future Talent

Michelin’s Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics Rick Williams recently answered questions posted to him by Area Development’s editor about fulfilling a company’s workforce needs in these unprecedented times.

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Contributed Content

Electrifying the Economy: Tennessee’s Big Push into Electric Vehicles

Automakers are investing major sums into Volunteer State facilities to turn out new and exciting electric vehicles, as well as major components that make them go.

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Contributed Content

Food & Beverage Growth Positions Kentucky for Future Success

Kentucky’s food and beverage industry, as well as its evolving agritech sector, are continuing to grow, positioning the state as a leader in the field.

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Workplace Trends

Expanded Incentives Support the Growth in Remote Work

Local economies are benefitting from adding new jobs — whether those jobs are performed on-site or remotely — and they are incentivizing them, too.

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DCs / Warehousing

Trends in Industrial Design Accelerated by E-Commerce

Future-proofing, building vertically, and mixed-use product integration are three trends that will shape the design of industrial assets for years to come.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

Redevelopment of Space for Booming Life Sciences Firms

As life sciences firms look to ramp up production, many are considering redevelopment of sites formerly put to other uses.

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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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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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Portfolio Management / CRE

Front Line: Climate Change Concerns Begin to Take Center Stage

Locations that invest in resilience measures against climate change and catastrophic weather may be more attractive to investors.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

Robust Development Plan Encourages Innovation and Expertise

Venture capital groups are raising money to invest in U.S.- based infrastructure for large-scale bio-therapy manufacturing, the need for which was highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DCs / Warehousing

Boom in E-Commerce Creating Workforce Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise in e-commerce and created opportunities for fulfillment jobs, along with a need for increased automation and training.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Developing and Executing a Site Selection Game Plan

After an internal assessment of the company, the location team should focus on key success variables, appropriately weighted, and consult with needed subject matter experts.

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Workforce Training / Education

Front Line: Vocational Training Alliances in Tough Times

Companies and communities must continue to invest in and destigmatize vocational training in order to bridge the manufacturing skills gap.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

How to Navigate the Reshoring of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

With global vulnerabilities in the supply chain and the ever-changing landscape of the “new normal,” pharma industry leaders need to have a clear map for the road ahead.

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Food Processing

Workforce: A Primary Ingredient in the Evolution of the Food Industry

The global pandemic has accelerated changes occurring in the food and beverage industry, with a heightened focus on worker and consumer safety and automation technologies.

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