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

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area 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

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, 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

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

Tennessee’s Economy Incredibly Resilient

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2022)

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

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area 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

Auto Industry Is Betting on Sustainability

A.J. Washeleski, Business Development, Kirco Manix (2021 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The automotive industry and its suppliers are realizing that they must invest in sustainability initiatives because of their importance to customers and shareholders alike. More

Challenges Facing the Auto Industry Post-Pandemic

Patrich Jett, Chair, Global Automotive Desk, Colliers International (2021 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

From a lack of semiconductors to a shortage of skilled workers to low industrial vacancy rates, auto companies are facing challenges that are affecting their site and facility plans. More

Where's the Talent: Jobs Outlook in the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities

Michael Reid, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics and Barbara Denham, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics (Q2 2021)

Unlike in past expansions, growth may spread across more cities as more people have the freedom to work remotely from their preferred locations. More

2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Tesla Picks Texas for Its Latest Gigafactory

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)

Tesla’s assembly operation is going up on a 2,100-acre site near Del Valle, where a partnership with the local school district to train high school students helped seal the deal. More

2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Ultium Cells to Mass-Produce Lithium Ion Batteries in Ohio

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)

A joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, Ultium Cells’ plant will help fulfill GM’s promise of an all-electric lineup by 2035. More

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

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

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. More

The New Normal in the Automotive Supply Chain

Daron Gifford, Strategy Consulting Services Leader, Automotive Industry Leader, Plante Moran (2020 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

While COVID-19 has disrupted the auto supply chain, it has created new opportunities to establish a stronger U.S. footprint, utilizing automation and other new technologies. More

Disruption in the Automotive Industry

Dennis Cuneo, Owner, DC Strategic Advisors LLC (2020 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The pandemic is yet another of a series of disruptive events that have impacted the auto industry, but the outlook is brighter. More

Shifts in Mobility and Transportation Infrastructure in a COVID-19 World

Michele Satterlund , Senior Vice President, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC (2020 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

A conversation with Nicole Barranco at Volkswagen Group of America reveals the need for the U.S. to focus on its mobility systems to meet evolving consumer demand. More

Assembling the Right Site Selection Team

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2020)

Populating your site selection team with the experts critical to your particular project will lead to a successful location decision. More

Regional Report: Manufacturing Drives Growth in the Southern States

Tom Gresham (Q1 2020)

Big-picture data provides evidence of a regional economy on the rise, with manufacturing as the centerpiece of its growth. More

Realignment of the Automotive Supply Base

Dennis Cuneo, Owner, DC Strategic Advisors LLC (Q1 2020)

The USMCA as well as vehicle electrification will have substantial impacts on the automotive supply base in the United States. More

Revitalized Cities: Which Locations Have Outperformed and Why?

Matthew Mowell, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics (Q1 2020)

Many locations that saw economic contractions have been able to revitalize themselves by instituting pro-business policies, developing innovative workforces, and drawing the right industry mix — sprinkled with a little bit of luck! More

Automotive Site Selection in Small and Rural Communities

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors (Q1 2020)

Area Development recently interviewed Alexandra Segers, DIPL.-ING, PE, MS, about automotive industry site selection within small and rural communities at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

The Disruption of Autonomous Vehicles is Closer Than You Think

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q1 2020)

Area Development discussed the state of the autonomous vehicle industry with Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting, following his presentation, “The Disruption of Autonomous Vehicles is Closer Than You Think — Is Your Community Ready?”, at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

Greater Memphis Plans to Build Upon Its Success

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

Known for its logistics, Memphis is also a growing center for healthcare and technology. More

Hot Jobs: Growing Industrial Sectors

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

Although the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession have been regained, not all regions or industry sectors have experienced the same recovery. More

The Convergence of Technology + Automotive and Its Impact on Site Selection

Patrich Jett, Chair, Global Automotive Desk, Colliers International (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Automotive suppliers must approach site selection prudently, with an eye to a long-term solution when evaluating potential locations as well as their labor pools. More

“Future-Proofing” Buildings to Account for Autonomous Vehicles

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

As self-driving vehicles become more ubiquitous, facility designers and owners will need to develop strategies that cover a wide range of possibilities. More

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