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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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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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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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DCs / Warehousing

Supply Chain Execs Respond as Pandemic Creates E-Commerce Surge

Supply chain executives at XPO Logistics discuss the surge in e-commerce, which is going to play out for a long time to come.

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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DCs / Warehousing

E-Commerce Growth Surge Sparks a Logistics Free-For-All

Delivering on consumer demands poses a challenge for real estate and supply chain decision-makers.

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