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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Georgia - An International Business Destination

Foreign direct investment and global trade have had a huge impact on economic development in the state of Georgia.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Energy and Infrastructure Lead the Way in Louisiana

Through its infrastructure upgrades and workforce development initiatives, Louisiana is drawing investment from both traditional and advanced technology companies.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Arkansas Making Strides in Manufacturing and Technology

Although its GDP growth has been sluggish, Arkansas boasts a low cost of doing business and of living.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

People Analytics Helps Define the Search for Skilled Labor

The analysis of human capital flows across markets and regions measures how, why, and where talent and skill clusters are creating and supporting sustainable market strength.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Growing Markets Positioned for Corporate Location Success

Corporate site location projects begin with understanding which regional markets are growing and will provide a long-term pool of skilled workers and a successful economy attractive to the company and its supply chain.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

First Person: Globalization, E-Commerce, Last-Mile Delivery, and Other Supply-Chain Challenges

Area Development recently asked Steve Hess, VP of Real Estate Development at DHL Supply Chain, about issues affecting companies’ global supply chains. DHL is the largest global operator of logistics space, having acquired and/or developed over 20 million square feet of industrial space in the last several years alone, providing both internal and external customers with individually tailored real estate solutions, says Hess.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

In Focus: Last-Mile Distribution Drives Industrial Demand in Secondary Markets

Retailers are rethinking their supply chain management and locating closer to the end customer to meet their lightning-fast delivery expectations.

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Economy / Market Analysis

What Makes a Successful Innovation District?

Prosperous innovation districts have diversified economies and are integrated into the fabric of a community, drawing workers who seek out such environments and the companies that are trying to attract them.

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Workforce Training / Education

Front Line: Ensuring a “Pipeline” of Qualified Workers

Pipeline AZ was developed to match job-seekers with industry openings as well as academic institutions and local job training resources.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Front Line: Manufacturers Look to Nontraditional Locations

As the labor supply tightens, nontraditional manufacturing hubs are upping their game by investing in workforce training programs.

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Automotive

The Evolving Automotive Landscape: What’s Driving the Future?

Dramatic changes in automotive technology are impacting the industry’s labor force, as legislative moves attempt to steer the industry’s future.

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Automotive

FDI in the U.S. Auto Industry Continues Unabated

Foreign automakers and their suppliers continue to invest in the U.S. to access its huge market, highly educated workers, and “culture of innovation.”

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Front Line: Feeling the Effects of New Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

Both manufacturers and consumers are paying the price for these new tariffs, with many in the former group asking for exclusions.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Editor’s Note: Can the U.S. Win the Trade War With China — and at What Cost?

Although the Trump administration has argued that newly imposed tariffs on China are necessary to curb its abuse of global competitors, industry leaders are saying the tariffs are disrupting their supply chains and adding costs that they will need to pass on to consumers.

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Construction / Project Planning

How to Avoid the Fatal Flaws in Site Certification Programs

A “certification” label on a site is meaningless unless all the necessary data has been gathered and thorough due diligence performed with respect to your particular project.

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Construction / Project Planning

New Construction Technologies and Techniques in a Time of Shortages

Emerging and rapidly developing technologies — including improved BIM products and the IoT — are changing the construction landscape, both on and off the job site.

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Location USA

U.S. Governors’ Strategies to Attract FDI

There’s an emerging trend among the individual states to encourage and support international investment, realizing all the economic and social benefits it brings to their regions.

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