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Advanced Manufacturing

Semiconductors’ fragile relationship with water may be tested

Catherine Tymkiw (Q3 2024)

Exploring the water dilemma in semiconductor manufacturing: how the industry's growth is increasing demand for a scarce resource and the innovative strategies companies are adopting to manage their water use in water-stressed regions. More

What the Latest Tech Hubs Funding Means for Site Selection Executives

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2024)

Manufacturing executives must consider the diverse locations, supply chain resilience, workforce development, and governance structures of the Tech Hubs. Aligning new facility plans with these hubs can enhance competitiveness, reduce operational risks, and contribute to long-term growth. More

EDA Designates Two Tech Hubs in Illinois

Intersect Illinois (Q2 2024)

Program spurs technology development, innovation, and economic growth within dynamic quantum and biomanufacturing industries. More

Mitigating Labor Challenges in Life Sciences Manufacturing

Adam Bloom, President, Stevenson Search Partners (Q2 2024)

Why executives facing manpower shortages must consider a menu of location planning, automation, and fostering a learning culture to meet current challenges and drive efficiency. More

Midwest becomes hotspot for semiconductor manufacturing and supply industries

Taylor Stepp,  Ernst & Young LLP’s Global Location Investment (Q2 2024)

Midwestern states compete for semiconductor investments, leveraging new incentives and educational partnerships to attract major industry players. More

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

The CHIPS and Science Act will bring jobs back to the United States

Francesco Renna, Director of Consulting and Senior Labor Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics (Q2 2024)

Amidst global shifts and challenges, the U.S. policy is injecting billions to reclaim a stronger position in semiconductor manufacturing and aiming to revitalize a critical sector by 2030. More

How to Overcome NIMBYism in Data Centers

W. Ford Graham, Senior Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting and Christopher D. Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q2 2024)

A guide to turning community opposition into constructive criticism and assuaging fears about data center development. More

The Bring Your Own Energy (BYOE) Party Is Starting

Courtland Robinson, Director of Business Development , Brasfield & Gorrie (Q2 2024)

America is about to shift to decentralized energy and microgrids in a big, big way. More

Five Tips to Navigating the Changing Landscape of Life Science Real Estate

Deb Boucher, Vice Chair, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2024)

In order to navigate the evolving real estate environment, life science companies can reduce their risks with data-driven decision-making and collaboration with developers, policymakers, utility providers, and their industry peers. More

First Person: Making Facilities “Fit” for the Digital Future

Stephanie Dorsey, CEO, Siemens Real Estate Services, Americas (Q1 2024)

Area Development’s staff editor, Lisa Bastian, interviewed Stephanie Dorsey, CEO of Siemens Real Estate in the Americas, about the changing real estate needs of today’s innovative and growth companies. More

Tennessee Tops for FDI from Korea

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (Q1 2024)

South Korea’s longstanding relationship with Tennessee is based on honesty, trust, and following through. More

Navigating the Digital Transformation

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Matt Olson, Chief Innovation Officer, Burns & McDonnell (Q1 2024)

Courtney Dunbar, site selection lead at Burns & McDonnell, recently asked Matt Olson, Burns & McDonnell’s chief innovation officer, about how companies are navigating the digital transformation and its potential of fostering sustainable, resilient manufacturing practices. More

Manufacturing Momentum Is Building

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q1 2024)

A desire to bring manufacturing closer to the consumer, recent federal funding initiatives, as well as access to a skilled workforce and reliable power among other advantages have converged to spur growth in construction of U.S. manufacturing facilities. More

Industry in the Era of the Electron

Courtland Robinson, Director of Business Development , Brasfield & Gorrie (Q1 2024)

Growth of the digital economy has put transmission-adjacent properties and the ability to interconnect at the forefront of the site selection process. More

Manufacturing, Life Sciences Fueling Northern Kentucky’s Growth

BE NKY Growth Partnership  (Q1 2024)

Diverse industries are supporting manufacturing and employment growth in the “peak” of Kentucky. More

Public-Private Partnerships Incentivize Industrial Development

Jenae Valentine, Manager, Location Analysis and Incentives, Maxis Advisors (Q1 2024)

Communities that embrace creative solutions and collaborative approaches are well-positioned to thrive and attract jobs and investment from the private sector. More

Made in the USA: Shoring Up Options for U.S. Manufacturing’s Resurgence

Jason Price, Senior Director of Research for U.S. Industrial Sector, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2023)

With the right planning, investors and occupiers have a unique opportunity to reshape the future of the U.S. and Americas-wide manufacturing sector. More

AI 101 for Site Selection

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2023)

A data-driven approach, enabled by AI and other technology, is enabling those charged with site selection to make better informed decisions that will allow their companies to thrive. 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

The Data Center Odyssey in Mexico

Maribel Gaytán, Strategic Consultant, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2023)

Its strategic location, available real estate, and skilled workforce are among the advantages that have made Mexico a hub of data center activity. More

Technology’s Influence on Workforce Development

Steve Carlos, Senior Director, Consulting, JLL and Amber Schiada, Head of Work Dynamics Research, Americas, JLL (Workforce Q4 2023)

How can a company develop an analytics-focused talent strategy to meet the needs of AI, specialized skillsets, automation, and beyond? More

Front Line: Satisfying the Semiconductor Industry’s Workforce Needs

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2023)

As the semiconductor industry announces plans to grow domestic production, it is facing a workforce shortage. 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

Editor’s Note: Production of EVs and Chips Comes to Forefront

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2023)

Despite economic uncertainty, industry investment in both the EV/battery and semiconductor industries continues to grow. More

Data Center Sites: What’s Your Connection?

Tom Croteau, Senior Managing Director, Maxis Advisors (Q2 2023)

Those seeking a location for a data center need to consider fiber connectivity, access to power, cooling capabilities, risk mitigation, and security, among key requirements. 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

Nearshoring — North America’s Next Factory

Maribel Gaytán, Strategic Consultant, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2023)

Its strong maquiladora program, skilled labor, and favorable geographic location have made Mexico a top choice for nearshoring to the U.S. market. More

Last Word: The CHIPS Act

Liesel Schmader, Senior Consultant; Addison Collins, Consultant; and Sarah Raehl, Senior Manager; Location Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP (Q1 2023)

How is the Chips Act driving investment in the U.S., and how can local initiatives help? More

Manufacturing and Distribution Trends Impact the Value of Credits and Incentives

Jennifer Clement, Strategic Pursuits Leader, Manufacturing & Distribution, CLA and Patrick Hanlon, Director, Business Incentives Consulting, CLA (Q1 2023)

Credits and incentives are just one consideration among many factors that need to be taken into account as your company begins its location search. 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

In Focus: CEOs Are Underprepared for Cyber Threats

Frederick Johnson, Vice President, Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics, Marcum Technology (Q1 2023)

New regulations to expand cybersecurity expertise and reporting requirements can only help to eliminate the very real threats companies are facing on a daily basis. 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

The Form and Substance of Business Incentives

George Tobjy, Managing Director of Client Services, Maxis Advisors (Q1 2023)

Government at all levels continues to provide numerous incentives to companies in varied industrial sectors in order to generate jobs and economic prosperity. More

Innovation Corridors Update

John W. McCurry (Q4 2022)

From robotics to EVs, from semiconductors to the life sciences, metro and regional hubs of innovation are advancing economic development across the nation. More

Eight Public/Private Partnerships Strengthening Michigan’s Talent Pool

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Q4 2022)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation works with the state’s universities and local organizations to ensure businesses have access to the advanced talent they need to grow and succeed. More

In Focus: The CHIPS Act - A Historic Investment in Our Future

Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Q4 2022)

By helping to provide a critical domestic supply chain, the CHIPS Act represents a new era of American industrial competitiveness. More

Fixing the Supply Chain with AI and Robotics

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2022)

Automation, industrial robots, and other technology solutions have allowed manufacturers to shorten their supply chains, while also making them more efficient and reducing labor costs. More

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