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Automotive

Which Government Policies Will Drive the AV Sector Forward?

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting and Michele Satterlund , Senior Vice President, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

State policymaking geared toward interconnectedness and integration is key to growth of the autonomous vehicle sector. More

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

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

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

FDI in the U.S. Auto Industry Continues Unabated

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

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

2019 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Nikola Motor Corp. to Build Hydrogen-Electric Trucks in Arizona

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

The $1 billion Nikola assembly plant is helping to build Arizona’s future in the creation of new-technology vehicles. More

2019 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Alabama Adds Mazda/Toyota Manufacturing USA to Its Auto Roster

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

The $1.6 billion joint-venture Huntsville plant will create some 4,000 jobs. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Is Making Global Connections

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

Both domestic and foreign advanced technology and other firms are investing in Indiana, a state with a well-prepared workforce and lifestyle initiatives to attract younger workers. More

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. and Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2019)

If site selectors take the time to identify and communicate their key criteria to economic developers — who take the time to listen — the end result will be a perfect match! More

Is the Automotive Aftermarket Immune to E-Commerce?

Jeffrey Green, Managing Director, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader, eCommerce Advisory Group , Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Auto parts suppliers are responding to the growth in e-commerce with a multi-pronged strategy, from the expansion of retail locations to the addition of regional and “mega” distribution hubs. More

Automakers Enter the Circular Economy

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Industrial companies, including automotive firms, are among those reinventing how businesses find, use, and dispose of the resources and materials that make up global trade. More

In Focus: Examining Commerce’s Misguided Auto Imports Investigation

Nancy McLernon, President & CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII) (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

With international auto companies responsible for more than three quarters of U.S. auto manufacturing job growth from 2010 to 2015, an examination of foreign imports as a threat to national security may just backfire. More

3D Printing: A Game-Changer for the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Sharmistha Sarkar, Content Writer, Allied Market Research (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Automotive 3D printing has been experiencing phenomenal growth and is affecting the industry’s design, development, manufacturing, and distribution processes. More

Location Notebook: Mississippi — Where Key Stakeholders Cooperate for Business Success

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

Mississippi’s Shovel Award accomplishments reflect a commitment by businesses, their workforces, and the economic development community to work together. More

How Innovation and Tourism Work Side By Side in Orlando

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

The success of Orlando’s theme park industry and cross-disciplinary technology innovation have led to the region becoming a leading destination for high-tech companies. More

In Focus: Steel Tariffs to Prevent U.S. Economic Growth

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q2 2018)

The recently enacted tariffs on steel and aluminum have created an uncertain investment climate for both domestic and foreign firms, causing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies and put their expansion plans on hold. More

The U.S. and Italy: Natural Complementary Partners

Italian Trade Agency (Q2 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s innovative conferences help to illuminate the rich potential for new U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing partnerships. More

Advanced Technologies for the “Connected Age”

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

With new applications for leading-edge technologies seemingly being developed on an almost daily basis, the eventual implications for business and consumers, and on aspects of daily living, are only just beginning to be understood. More

The Automotive Industry: On The Eve Of Disruption

Dennis Cuneo,  Partner , Fisher & Phillips (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Electrification and autonomous driving are just two of the forces disrupting the auto industry, as incumbent automakers compete with new entrants into the field. More

Location Notebook: Big Manufacturing Investments Keep Kentucky’s Automotive Industry Rolling Along

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

Kentucky is a powerful force in the U.S. auto industry. Major automakers have been building vehicles in the state for generations. More

Implications of Renegotiating NAFTA on the Auto and Aerospace Industries

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The prospect of NAFTA renegotiation leaves automotive and aerospace OEMs and suppliers uncertain about the future. More

Who’s Leading in the Autonomous Driving Race?

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Established automakers in America’s Heartland are now competing with Silicon Valley technology companies for the lead in supplying self-driving vehicles and systems. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee Automotive on the Road to Prosperity

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

The automotive industry is making a significant contribution to Tennessee’s economic growth, while partnering with the state’s educational institutions in order to satisfy its need for workers with specialized skillsets. More

Workforce Supply and Demand in the Automotive Industry

Joshua Wright, VP, Economic and Workforce Development, Emsi (Q1 2017)

More technology and automation means auto makers require fewer workers (with relatively low labor costs), but their workforce needs are increasingly tech-focused—a trend that’s going to accelerate with the rise of driverless cars and trucks. More

Real Estate Solutions Needed for Tech-Driven Auto Industry

Jeffrey Green, Managing Director, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Paul Thurston, Vice President, Development and Pre-Construction, Becknell Industrial (Directory 2017)

On the verge of an automotive revolution, the CRE industry is working to meet the evolving needs of OEMs and parts suppliers in the middle of a short supply real estate market. More

Location Notebook: Foreign Investment Making a Powerful Impact in Tennessee

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Companies across the globe are making investments and creating jobs in Tennessee to connect with suppliers and ultimately reach the vast U.S. market. More

Editor’s Note: Cobots Driving Innovation and Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2016)

Advanced technologies and robotics are shaping the future of manufacturing making factories more efficient and productive than ever. However, because of the complexity of many of today’s processes, human workers are complemented — not replaced — by their robotic counterparts. More

First Person: 3D Printing’s “Disruptive” Effect on Manufacturing

John Hornick, Partner, Finnegan (Q4 2016)

Hornick advises and educates clients about 3D printing and the IP issues of this rapidly developing and potentially disruptive technology. More

Advanced Technologies / Robotics Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2016)

Today’s manufacturers are staying ahead of the innovation curve by making their facilities even smarter than their products. More

The Reasons Corporate Headquarters are Heading Back Downtown

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

In order to lure tech-savvy millennials, many companies that years ago moved out to the suburbs are heading back to the urban downtowns that offer the lifestyle this generation of employees desires. And the trend isn't confined to just North America’s biggest cities. More

Location Notebook: Advanced Manufacturing Key to Mississippi’s Economy

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

Mississippi is taking steps to ensure its growing advanced manufacturing sector can fulfill its need for a skilled workforce. More

Frontline: “Smart Cities” Use Technology & Data to Improve Citizens’ Lives

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

The DOT has awarded a grant to Columbus, Ohio, so that the city can employ numerous “smart mobility” technologies that will help improve citizens’ lives, with the added benefit of showcasing the city to the tech community. More

Key High-Tech Sectors Transform Lives and Businesses

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

Groundbreaking discoveries in key high-tech fields are transforming lives while making businesses more competitive More

Mexico Positioned to Attract Increased Foreign Investment, Anchored by Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

A solid economic performance and a pro-business climate — enhanced by political reforms and improved government stability — are helping to attract FDI to Mexico. More

Looking to Canada to Satisfy Your Workforce Needs

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Location Canada 2016)

With six out of 10 CIOs believing skills shortages will prevent their organizations from keeping up with the speed of change, the solution might be closer than expected. One needs only to look up. More

Labor Force Challenges / Solutions in the Auto Industry

Kristin Dziczek, Director, Industry, Labor & Economics Group, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

As the auto industry prepares to launch record numbers of new and refreshed models over the next few years, the need for skilled trades workers will increase. More

Automotive Manufacturing Goes Digital

Christian Boehler, Principal, Roland Berger (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

The automotive industry’s survival depends on digital factories, which can unleash 10 to 20 percent cost savings in production. More

The Self-Driving Car… Science Fiction or Reality?

Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

OEMs and their suppliers, as well as technology companies, are all getting into the development of self-driving vehicles, while interest in rideshare is gaining. More

Automated Vehicles Revolutionizing the Automotive Industry

John Maddox, President & CEO, American Center for Mobility (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

The automotive industry is transforming and innovating complex, sophisticated technologies at a rapid pace, changing not only the industry itself, but also global transportation. More

Reducing Energy Consumption of Manufactured Goods

Mark Johnson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office (Q2 2016)

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish. More

Texas Today 2016: A Diverse Roster of Companies Continue to Seek Out Texas’ Pro-Business Environment

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

Through industrial diversification, Texas has been able to overcome a decline in economic output resulting from lower oil prices and continues to court companies with its pro-business know-how. More

Frontline: New Tech Havens Bloom as Digitization Transforms U.S. Economy

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

The fluidity of digital innovation - and its lack of dependence on a traditional industrial infrastructure - means that tech havens are blooming in newer magnets where tech-savvy workers are prevalent, ranging from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Richmond, Virginia. More

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