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The Newest Shovel Award—It's Green!

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2024)

Louisiana leads with green, earning the first-ever Green Shovel for its commitment to renewable energy. The state's significant cleantech investments highlight a national shift toward sustainable development. More

19th Annual Area Development Gold and Silver Shovel Awards

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2024)

Economic growth shines at the Area Development Shovel Awards, with states like South Carolina and Louisiana leading the charge. Discover which regions are driving innovation and sustainability in industries from automotive to green technology. More

Why You Need to Know the Three GEOs of FDI

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors and Michael Johnson, Shareholder, Baker Donelson (Q2 2024)

Exploring the forces affecting Foreign Direct Investment into the United States and how it is affecting current site selection processes. 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

Boosting Semiconductor Manufacturing in America

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

Often referred to as “fabs,” the plants producing semiconductors are all big-money investments promising big job counts. More

EV and Semiconductor Projects Stand Out in States Receiving Area Development’s 18th Annual Shovel Awards

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

With concerns about climate change now supplanting pandemic fears, projects to produce EVs — and the semiconductors used by vehicles and other high-tech goods — come to the forefront in this year’s Shovel Awards report. More

Area Development’s 17th Annual Shovel Awards Recognize State and Local Economic Development Efforts — First Two Platinum Shovels Awarded

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

Area Development’s annual Shovel Awards highlight the nation’s swift post-pandemic economic recovery in 2021 with many projects being initiated that represent billions of dollars in investment and thousands of new jobs. More

2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize State and Local Economic Development Efforts

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

Although 2020’s global pandemic resulted in some projects being stalled or canceled, the annual Shovel Awards recognize many other new and expanded facilities plans that are on track and expected to created thousands of jobs and billions in investment. More

Immigration Tips for International Business Travelers During the Pandemic

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP and Jennifer Cory, Leader, Immigration Solutions Practice, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q2 2021)

As international business travelers resume their travel to the U.S. for site visits and face-to-face meetings, there are specific guidelines to keep in mind to facilitate the entry process. More

FDI Creates Symbiotic Relationship With U.S. Suppliers

Jonathan Samford, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Global Business Alliance (Q2 2021)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Jonathan Samford, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Global Business Alliance, about the importance of FDI to the U.S. economy and why U.S. workers — as well as U.S. supplier companies — benefit from this investment. More

Challenges of Moving Manufacturing Out of China

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute; President, Blue Silk Consulting,  (Q1 2021)

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. More

FDI in Turbulent Times

Karen Hensley-Chelstowska, Managing Director, Global Incentives Leader, Site Selection & Incentive Advisory, Duff & Phelps (Q3 2020)

Karen Hensley-Chelstowska, Managing Director, Site Selection & Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, spoke with Area Development about the changing equation for international location decisions at our 2019 Women in Economic Development Consultants Forum. More

A Heightened Focus on Reshoring

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q3 2020)

As costs and risks of lengthy supply chains become even more apparent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more U.S. companies may consider reshoring their operations to the Americas. More

What Does the Future Hold for FDI from Europe?

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors (Q3 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic has affected foreign direct investment from Europe, but some positive signs are seen going forward. More

Global Investment In – and Within – North America

Marc Beauchamp, President, SCI Global (Q2 2020)

Marc Beauchamp, President and CEO, CAI Global Group, spoke with Area Development about recent Canadian and international investment projects in the U.S. from a site selection perspective after his presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

2020 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize State and Local Economic Development Efforts

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

While the current COVID-19 crisis may put some development on “pause,” our annual Shovel Awards recognize states that garnered large job-creating and investment projects over the course of the previous year. More

In Focus: FDI Will Signal Better Days

Kenny McDonald, President & Chief Economic Officer, One Columbus (Q2 2020)

The value and impact of FDI will remain an important part of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. More

For Chinese Companies, FDI Brings Promise and Risk

Neale Rath, Specialist Leader, Enterprise Operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP (Q1 2020)

Area Development sat with Neale Rath, Specialist Leader, Enterprise Operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP, at our Charlotte Consultants Forum for a discussion on the face of Chinese industrial investment in the U.S. during an era of uncertainty. More

A Primer on German Mittelstand Companies

Martin Polivka, Manager – EY Global Location Investment, Credits & Incentives Services, Ernst & Young LLP (Q1 2020)

Martin Polivka, Manager - EY Global Location Investment, Credits & Incentives Services, Ernst & Young LLP, spoke with Area Development about German mittelstand companies, after his presentation, “Mittelstand companies investing in the US” at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

The Trade War and Its Impact on the Location Decision Process

Jay Rogers, Partner, Nelson Mullins (Q4 2019)

How can site selectors survive and also find fresh opportunities in a world where not only tariffs, but also national boundaries and trade barriers, will become more meaningful than they have been in the recent past? More

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

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (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

Attracting, Expanding and Managing FDI in a Disruptive World

Brian Smith, Partner, EY Americas Indirect Tax Inbound and US Location Investment Services Leader, Ernst & Young LLP and Carter Wood, Senior Manager, US Indirect Tax Inbound and Global Location Investment, Ernst & Young LLP (Q2 2019)

Partner Brian Smith and Senior Manager Carter Wood, both with Ernst & Young LLP, spoke with Area Development about foreign direct investment in the U.S. after their presentation, “Attracting, Expanding and Managing FDI in a Disruptive World,” at our Miami Consultants Forum. This article was based on an interview conducted by Margy Sweeney, Founder and CEO, Akrete, Inc. and Area Development Editorial Board member. More

U.S. Governors’ Strategies to Attract FDI

Nancy McLernon, President & CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII) (Q2 2019)

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. More

2019 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Recipients Garnered Large Job-Creating and Investment Projects in Diverse Industries

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

While e-commerce was creating thousands of jobs across the nation last year, high-profile, diverse projects in the manufacturing, information technology, financial services, energy, and other sectors were also making news. More

Workforce Strategies for Projects Generated by FDI

Ann Petersen, Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Location USA 2019)

Companies need to remain aware of U.S. workforce trends and realize that data alone may not give them a complete picture of the labor situation in a particular market. More

A Site Selector’s Checklist for Locating in the U.S.

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Location USA 2019)

From choosing a property to recruiting workers to navigating tax and regulatory considerations, challenges will occur — but with the right strategy and the help of an EDO, they can be mitigated. More

Practical Considerations for Expanding into the U.S.

Brian Smith, Partner, EY Americas Indirect Tax Inbound and US Location Investment Services Leader, Ernst & Young LLP and Zachary Weinstein, Manager, Indirect Tax Practice, EY (Location USA 2019)

The U.S. is well-positioned to attract FDI, but comprehensive due diligence and planning is still necessary for a business to make an optimal investment decision. More

Location USA 2019: A Letter from Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce (Location USA 2019)

Now, more than ever, is the time to invest and do business in the USA, which has entered an era of unprecedented economic revival. More

FDI in the USA Remains Unrivaled

SelectUSA (Location USA 2019)

Companies choosing to invest in the United States are selecting a market powered by innovation with a diverse, highly skilled workforce and globally renowned educational and research institutions. More

Making a Well-Informed U.S. Location Decision

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Location USA 2019)

By properly defining their search and taking advantage of expert help, food and beverage companies can make a well-informed U.S. location decision. More

What’s Your U.S. Manufacturing and Tariff Strategy?

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute; President, Blue Silk Consulting,  (Q4 2018)

With the uncertain future of new tariffs and penalties, is it time to consider building a manufacturing site in the United States? More

U.S.-Italy Collaboration Helping to Advance Manufacturing Innovation

Tom Gresham (Q4 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s Innovation Days events further strengthen U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing ties by inspiring partnerships among academic and industry innovators. 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

Made in America: An Outlook for Manufacturing in the U.S.

Jason Tolliver, Managing Director, Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Location USA 2018)

Multinational firms continue to make significant investments in U.S. manufacturing facilities and logistics networks regardless of vagaries in trade policy. 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

The Secret to Site Selection Success

Meredith O'Connor, International Director and Headquarters Practice Group Co-Chair, JLL (Location USA 2018)

Following the recipe of labor, real estate, and incentives has become a proven framework for both foreign and domestic companies to make educated decisions on new sites. More

The Team…and the Timing When Making a U.S. Location Decision

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Location USA 2018)

The company’s executive team, working in conjunction with outside legal and other consultants in a timely manner, can create a “win” for both the business and the community in which it chooses to locate. More

An Effective RFP Process for Your Next U.S. Capital Investment

David H. Cooper, Principal, Waypoint Advisors LLC (Location USA 2018)

A poorly managed RFP process may cause delays, distractions, and produce bad information for your next project. A well-executed process considers the goals of the project and crafts an RFP process with that end in mind. More

FDI & Reshoring Lead to U.S. Manufacturing Growth

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Location USA 2018)

An improving business climate, including tax cuts and elimination of onerous regulations, bodes well for manufacturing in the United States. More

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