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America’s New Tech Hubs Are Calling for Manufacturers

Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2024)

One of the main questions facing the new program is about funding. Can $500 million help change the backbone of American manufacturing? More

Kinetic Energy Attracting Investments Throughout Kansas

Kansas Department of Commerce  (Q2 2024)

Kansas has earned its global reputation as a force in the renewable energy industry. More

Business Momentum Continues to Soar in Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority (Q2 2024)

Mississippi scores AWS and EV battery joint venture, highlighting its pro-business environment and abundant advantages. More

Home Sweet Home: Mississippi’s Business Climate Makes It Hard to Leave

Mississippi Development Authority (Q4 2023)

Its network of transportation options, low tax rates, workforce pipeline, and government support are among the reasons companies in the aerospace, auto, and other sectors choose to expand in Mississippi. More

First Person: Establishing a Robust Rare Earth Magnet Supply Chain

Tom Schneberger, CEO, USA Rare Earth (Q3 2023)

Rare earth magnets are critical to keeping America’s economy strong and protecting our way of life. With this in mind, Area Development’s staff editor Lisa Bastian asked Tom Schneberger, CEO of USA Rare Earth, to share his perspective on this issue. More

Why the Southeast Is Winning EV Projects, With More on the Way

Stephanie Yarbrough, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson and Jason Myers, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q3 2023)

Proximity to existing automotive OEMs and suppliers already located in the southeastern U.S. is just one of the factors drawing new EV projects to the region. More

Critical Considerations for Siting an EV Manufacturing Project

Shannon O'Hare, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Advisory, Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield and Matt Niehoff, Senior Consulting Analyst, Location & Labor Analytics, Cushman & Wakefield (2023 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The location process for EV and battery projects must take into account proximity to supply chains and markets, availability of skilled labor, ample power and water supplies, financial and other incentives, as well as cooperation between community stakeholders. More

R&D in the EV/Battery Industry Powers New Technologies

John W. McCurry (2023 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Makers of EVs and the batteries that power them are receiving incentives for their R&D efforts as the technology continues to evolve. More

Tackling EV Charging Hurdles Together

Rex Hamre, National Director, Sustainability, JLL (2023 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Property-level Infrastructure planning will bring owners and tenants together to meet their green goals. More

EV Impacts to Watch in 2023 and 2024

Lauren Berry, Senior Manager, Location Analysis and Incentives, Maxis Advisors (2023 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The long-term impact of the shift to EVs — including challenges sourcing battery materials and the increased demand on utility capacity — will be far-reaching. More

Charging Up the Electric Vehicle and Battery Sector

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2023)

More than half a dozen of this year’s Project of the Year awards are related to EVs or the batteries that will power them. More

Last Word: A Second Wave of EV Investment

Dennis Cuneo, Director, Site Selection Services, Walbridge and Larry Filson, Assistant Vice President, Design and Sustainability, Walbridge (Q2 2023)

The rapid transition of the auto industry from internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEs) to electric vehicles (EVs) has set off a rush of new investment in new EV assembly plants and battery cell plants. More

Building the Nation’s EV Charging Infrastructure

Josephine Tucker, Managing Director, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Advisory, JLL (Q2 2023)

Public-private partnerships can help states and cities expand their electric vehicle charging infrastructure. More

Tennessee Is a Leader for Electric Vehicle Production in the U.S.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (Q1 2023)

Since 2013, Tennessee’s thriving EV industry continues to make headlines with announcements of multimillion-dollar investments by EV manufacturers and suppliers. More

The Global Epicenter of Mobility

Detroit Regional Partnership (Q1 2023)

In the Detroit Region, the mobility revolution keeps rolling — and it’s cutting-edge. More

Diversifying the Economy Puts Kansas in Driver’s Seat

Kansas Department of Commerce  (Q1 2023)

As a new era of transportation in America charges up, Kansas’ vision is helping companies electrify the next generation of driving. More

Kentucky’s Business Climate Brings Record Investments

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2023)

The state’s site development and workforce programs are among the assets attracting companies to Kentucky. More

Top-Four Location Considerations for EV Battery Plants

Rob Whitson, Senior Civil Engineer, Gresham Smith (Q1 2023)

Prioritizing needs, identifying unique site constraints, and getting the right people involved from the get-go will ensure the long-term success of your operation. More

Fleet Electrification-Another Big Disrupter

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2023)

There’s a lot to consider when a company decides to electrify its fleet, including available charging infrastructure and employee training, but the move can reduce costs and help to satisfy ESG goals. More

Front Line: Expanding the EV Battery Pipeline

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2023)

The need to produce EV batteries is presenting opportunities in lithium battery recycling facility expansions. More

Amid Rebound, U.S. Regains Position as World Leader in FDI

Brian Jones, President & CEO, Gray Construction (Q4 2022)

Traditional and rapidly emerging industries alike are choosing the U.S. for its stable and innovative market, skilled workforce, and favorable tax and regulatory climate. More

Location Factors in the EV Industry — “Mission Critical” or “Nice to Have”?

Joseph Gioino, Senior Managing Director, Newmark and Alan Reeves, Senior Managing Director, Global Strategy, Newmark (2022 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Understanding the impact of both quantitative and qualitative factors is critically important to the operational efficiency and long-term success of your EV-related project. More

EVs to Bring About a Dramatic Transformation of the Automotive Supply Chain

Daron Gifford, Strategy Consulting Services Leader, Automotive Industry Leader, Plante Moran (2022 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Electric Vehicles are here…but how ready is the supply chain? More

EV Revolution Creates Massive Need for New Auto Production Facilities

Brian Jones, President & CEO, Gray Construction (2022 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Automakers are vying to rule the industry’s EV era — and they need factories to do it! More

To Cluster or Not to Cluster…That is the Question!

Rich Thompson, International Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q3 2022)

Although clusters are here to stay in some sectors — think life sciences — other industries — among them EVs and semiconductors — are geographically branching out. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Ford Motor Co. To Turn Out EV Trucks and Batteries in Tennessee

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

The Blue Oval City development is said to be Tennessee’s biggest investment ever. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Toyota Motor North America, Inc. to Produce EV Batteries in North Carolina

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

Initially expected to produce batteries for 200,000 EVs annually, future expansions will ramp that up enough to power 1.2 million EVs annually. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Ford/SK Innovation To Make Batteries for EVs in Kentucky

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

According to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, this is the single largest investment in the history of the state. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: EV Startup Canoo Inc. Plans Oklahoma “Mega Microfactory”

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

Mid-America Industrial Park will be the site of Canoo’s new auto manufacturing facility. More

Leading the Charge

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q2 2022)

Kentucky has positioned itself at the forefront of the EV and battery industry. More

Tennessee’s Economy Incredibly Resilient

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (Q1 2022)

Despite COVID-19 challenges, the state scored a record-breaking year in 2021. More

Driving Into An Electric Vehicle Future

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q1 2022)

The transition to EVs will bring mega investments and thousands of jobs to some communities while disrupting makers of ICE vehicles, the communities in which they’re located, as well as their employees. More

Auto Giants Race to Build U.S. EV Battery Assembly Plants

Jack Rogers (Q1 2022)

More than $20 billion worth of new EV battery assembly facilities are being built in the U.S., but 90 percent of battery components are imported, and Tesla is busy preparing for a global shortage of lithium battery cells More

Editor's Note: Speed of Change Will Accelerate in 2022

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

Companies have met the challenges over the last two difficult years but will now need to adjust their plans and priorities over the course of 2022 in order to succeed. More

Optimizing Market Share in the EV Industry

Brandon Darroch, Southeast Division Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE and Matthew Patterson, Senior Account Executive and Industrial Business Development, SSOE Group (Q1 2022)

With huge growth expected in the EV/battery production market, manufacturers must start their project planning early, taking into account labor, energy, and supply chain needs. More

In Focus: Michigan Rises to the Competitive Challenge

Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Q1 2022)

As the competition heats up, the state is taking concrete steps to ensure Michigan maintains its advantage in attracting and retaining advanced technology companies. More

An Electric Future Drives Kentucky’s Automotive Growth

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q1 2022)

Kentucky made major strides in 2021 to support EV projects. More

Front Line: U.S. Automakers Look to Semiconductor Partners

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2022)

In response to supply chain challenges and in order to expand production of AVs and EVs, U.S. automakers are looking to design the highly coveted chips in-house. More

Tennessee: A Growing Capital of Electric Vehicle Production

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (Q4 2021)

The state of Tennessee is committed to providing the pro-business environment and skilled labor necessary for the transition of the U.S. auto sector to electric vehicle production. More

Getting the EV Industry Charged Up

Alison K. Eggers, Partner, Litigation Department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Brandon L. Bigelow, Partner, Litigation Department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2021 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Consumers’ confidence with electric vehicles — and the ultimate success of the EV industry — depends upon the building of a network of charging stations. More

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