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Frontline: Red Sea Pharma Crisis Pushing Logistics Advancements

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2024)

Companies need to navigate the stormy waters of the Red Sea amid Houthi threats and global supply chain challenges. More

Northeast Indiana: Building a Healthy Business Future

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2022)

With a reputation as the “orthopedic capital of the world” and a focus on improved medicine through advanced materials, Northeast Indiana continues to build on its successes. More

Innovation in America Reaches New Heights

Lisa A. Bastian (Q2 2020)

If necessity is the mother of invention, the COVID-19 crisis is driving cooperative innovation by companies, government entities, and healthcare organizations. More

An Innovative P3 for a Multibillion-Dollar Medical Center

Lisa Clarke, Executive Director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (Q2 2020)

Lisa Clarke, Executive Director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, spoke with Area Development about the largest public-private economic initiative in Minnesota’s history, at our Women in Economic Development Consultants Forum. More

Frontline: 21st Century Cures Act May Spur Pharma/ Medical Device Expansions in U.S.

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2017)

Funding provided by the 21st Century Cures Act, as well changes in FDA approval procedures, may lead pharma and medical device companies to expand their operations, with an eye on U.S. locations to accommodate the new administration’s interventions. More

What’s Driving Pharmaceutical Firms’ Operations Siting Decisions?

Woody Hydrick, Managing Principal, Global Location Strategies (Directory 2017)

A pharma company’s position in the drug life cycle chain affects where it will locate, as does its need for a skilled workforce and low taxes, among other concerns. More

The R&D Tax Credit — A Game-Changer for Manufacturers

Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, alliantgroup (Q2 2016)

Recent legislation making the R&D tax credit permanent is a big boon to manufacturers of all sizes, helping them to innovate and expand. More

Best Practices for Creating an Innovative, Advanced Manufacturing Culture

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q2 2016)

Promoting innovative, advanced manufacturing cultures within a community involves strategic planning and effective partnership with public institutions. More

Advancing Manufacturing Through Public/Private Collaboration

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Mike Molnar, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, describes what’s being done to maintain U.S. leadership in this arena. More

Capital Investment, Technology Upgrades to Bolster Mexico’s Diverse Manufacturing Sectors

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2015)

Whether they are manufacturing vehicles, airplanes, electrical cable, or something else, companies are finding the resources they need to compete in Mexico. More

Location Notebook: Union County, SC, Moves Forward

Area Development Research Desk on behalf of the Union County Development Board (Q3 2015)

Union County, South Carolina, has pieced together a diverse economy from its historical textile roots. More

Advanced Technology and the Changing Face of U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

U.S. manufacturers are investing in advanced equipment, automation, and robotics in order to drive down the cost of production and compete in the global economy. The net result has the potential to transform our industrial base. More

Revolutionary Advances in Life Sciences amid Industry Disruption and Uncertainty

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

Major economic, social, and regulatory factors are having big impacts on the life sciences and medical device industries, representing an opportunity for innovative companies to become new leaders and gain market share. More

Electronics, Photonics, and Digital Media Sectors: Key to Future U.S. Competitiveness

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2014)

These interconnected industries will be drivers in stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and improving global competitiveness. Collaboration among private-sector companies, universities, and government on research and commercialization will be vital. More

The Role of Labor in Advanced Manufacturing

Brad Lindquist, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank (Advanced Industries 2014)

Advanced manufacturing will continue to be reliant upon human interaction for the application and management of technology. More

At the Forefront of the Advanced Manufacturing Movement, Canada Embraces Transformation

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2014)

A leader in innovative manufacturing, Canada recognizes and supports its knowledge-based, high-tech industries which, in turn, continue to invest in cutting-edge R&D More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. and Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q2 2014)

In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2014)

The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

Wisconsin’s Bioscience Industry Achieves Global Recognition

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2014)

Wisconsin’s bioscience industry continues to expand, often led by spinoff companies that are established to commercialize groundbreaking university research. More

First Person: Putting U.S. Manufacturing Front and Center

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2014)

Scott N. Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, discusses how government policy supports U.S. manufacturing growth, the perceived “skills gap” and mainstream media’s recent focus on U.S. manufacturing. More

New Technologies Transforming Manufacturing, Changing Competition

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2014)

According to a recent paper from the Deloitte University Press entitled “The Transformation of Manufacturing,” advanced materials, new production technologies, and digital techniques are allowing manufacturers to remain competitive despite numerous challenges. More

Vested Outsourcing: How P&G Brought its Focus on Innovation to Facilities Management

Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Center for Executive Education, University of Tennessee,  and Joseph Tillman, Vice President, Transportation, KS Harvesters (Directory 2014)

In a unique arrangement, P&G outsourced its facilities management, along with several other functions, creating a collaborative, win-win relationship with its service providers. More

Canada’s Innovative High-Tech Sectors

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2013)

Canada’s clean energy, ICT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing sectors are clustered around seven vibrant metropolitan areas. More

Special Investment Report: Ohio

Dave Claborn , Staff Editor, Area Development; Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Sixty percent of the U.S. and Canadian population lies within a day’s drive, making Ohio an ideal location for manufacturing — machinery, automobiles, plastics, appliances, and steel, among others. More

First Person: A Frank Discussion on 3D Printing's Evolution and Future

David Cox, President/CEO, Purple Platypus (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Recently, we spoke with David Cox, president/CEO of Purple Platypus, a 3D printing technologies seller, and Purple Porcupine, a service bureau with 12 machines that print 3D parts for a variety of customers and markets. 3D printing hasn’t exactly been an overnight success, after 25 years, the industry is finally getting the attention it deserves — some good, some bad. More

The Top-10 Cities for Life Sciences Companies in 2013

Area Development Research Desk (March 2013)

JLL’s second annual life sciences cluster report ranks top-10 cities for life sciences companies in 2013. More

The States Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Exhibiting know-how and innovation, U.S. manufacturers are adding to their payrolls and economic growth across the nation. We have identified 19 states where manufacturing is leading the way... More

Market Report: Life Sciences Site Selection Focused on Smaller Cities, Access to Innovation and Incentives

Richard McBlaine, International Director, Solutions Development & Chairman - Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q1 / Winter 2013)

North American life sciences companies are shuffling and right-sizing their footprints to maximize ROI in R&D and other corporate functions and, increasingly looking toward smaller metropolitan areas with rising industry influence. More

Regional Supply Chains: A Win for OEMs and Their Locations

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Regional sourcing is helping manufacturers save time and money; with that in mind, savvy suppliers are moving closer to the end users of their products. More

Drug Companies Relocating R&D to Urban Labs

John K. Borchardt (November 2012)

Pharmaceutical firms, large and small, have long favored locating their research operations on suburban campuses. Now this trend is changing. More

First Person: AMT President Calls for Permanent Manufacturing R&D and Innovation Incentives

Doug Woods, President, The Association For Manufacturing Technology (Fall 2012)

As manufacturing powers our economic recovery, Area Development and AMT President, Doug Woods, discuss how to continue building sustained U.S manufacturing strength and job creation. More

Market Report: Life Sciences Nurture Existing and Emerging Hubs

Beth Mattson-Teig (April 2012)

Hubs in the Northeast and California will continue to plan an important role as life sciences headquarter cities. More

Market Report: Healthcare Industry Tries to Drive Down Costs

Jim Romeo (April 2012)

Locating near major carrier hubs will allow diagnostic providers faster turnaround times. More

Market Report: Medical Device Market Stays Steady in 2012

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (April 2012)

Medical device manufacturers continue to utilize advanced materials to produce smaller and more complex devices. More

Defense Cutbacks Lead to Novel Industrial Parks

John K. Borchardt (Winter 2012)

From coast to coast, U.S. Navy shipyards have been converted into industrial parks with facilities occupied by small, medium, and large companies employing from fewer than a dozen people up to several hundred. More

Regional Report: Milwaukee is Bouncing Back on The Strength of Manufacturing

Area Development Research Desk (2/15/2012)

The city and region have a strong industrial heritage, exemplified in locally headquartered Fortune 500 firms such as Johnson Controls and Harley-Davidson. More

JLL's Global Life Science Cluster Report Examines Emerging & Established Clusters

Jones Lang LaSalle (1/11/2012)

The "Global Life Science Cluster Report - 2011" report produced by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) looks at the advantages and strategic strengths of both emerging and established clusters, and discusses how clusters can affect a company's growth and health. More

Industry Clusters: Importance of Place still Relevant to Business Success

Hal Johnson, President and CEO, Upstate SC Alliance (November 2011)

Although industry clustering may not be the economic development "Holy Grail", an effective clustering strategy is still a proven recipe for success More

The Baldrige Process: World Standard in Manufacturing Quality Improvement - But Still Relevant?

Dave Claborn , Staff Editor, Area Development; Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Spring 2011)

Baldrige is a pathway that leads to improved innovation - the very thing American industry needs in a global market of low-cost competitors. More

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