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Q1 2020
Cover Story
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Mid-size Markets Competing for Business and Winning

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q1 2020)
Workforce availability with the necessary skills and local partnerships are two trends driving investment to mid-size markets. More
Annual Report
Corporate Exec Survey Results >>

34th Annual Corporate Survey & the 16th Annual Consultants Survey

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2020)
Plans for new and expanded facilities among the smaller firms (in terms of employment numbers) responding to our Corporate Survey are not as robust as those of larger firms that employ consultants to help in location analysis and site decisions. More
Data Centers >>

Data Centers Continue to Evolve

Jason Shepard, Managing Principal, Cresa Mission Critical Solutions (MCS) (Q1 2020)
Consolidation, the adoption of cloud services, edge computing and hybrid colocation are among the latest trends affecting the data center industry. More
Automotive >>

Realignment of the Automotive Supply Base

Dennis Cuneo, Director, Site Selection Services, Walbridge (Q1 2020)
The USMCA as well as vehicle electrification will have substantial impacts on the automotive supply base in the United States. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

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
Business Globalization >>

The USMCA Clears a Cloud of Uncertainty

Jason Tolliver, Managing Director, Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2020)
The passage of the new North American trade pact — the USMCA — brightens an already sunny outlook for industrial real estate. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

HQ: Two Letters That Economic Developers Covet

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)
Cost-cutting, market and labor access, and proximity to others in an industry group are among the factors driving headquarters relocation decisions. More
Regional Reports
U.S. Regional Reports >>

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
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Technology and Natural Resources Fuel Pacific States’ Economies

Tom Gresham (Q1 2020)
Located at the epicenter of the nation’s tech industry, the Pacific region also benefits from a wealth of agricultural and natural resources as well as its locational advantages. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: The Plains States Leverage Their Synergies

Tom Gresham (Q1 2020)
Growth and collaboration mark the economic development picture in the Plains States, which have joined forces to compete against other more populous regions. More
Front Line
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Front Line: NEPA Rule Changes on the Horizon

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)
Proposed changes to the environmental review have been welcomed by NAM and others. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Front Line: New DOT Focus on Rural Development

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)
“Economic success” is a critical component of the Department of Transportation’s new initiative. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

In Focus: Mitigating Risk with Aggressive Support in Economic Development

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q1 2020)
Having an economic development program in place, ready to go, will help a community get back on its feet once the devastating threat of COVID-19 is behind us. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

In Focus: Reforming the Imbalanced Trade Relationship with China

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) (Q1 2020)
Unfair trade has cost America millions of jobs, and the Phase 1 deal with China won’t help. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

In Focus: 3D Printing Continues to Rock Manufacturing

John Hornick, Chief Strategy & Communications Officer, nScrypt (Q1 2020)
Manufacturing — not just printing — fully functioning parts and biomanufacturing are on the horizon for 3D. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

In Focus: A Holistic Balance Sheet: The Key to Successful Real Estate

Tray Anderson, Industrial & Logistics Leader, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2020)
As the industrial landscape shifts, occupiers need to seek out opportune markets as well as evaluate the impact of labor costs in order to be successful. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

First Person: Technology, Collaboration Affecting the Design & Construction Industries

Vince DiPofi, CEO & President, SSOE (Q1 2020)
Area Development recently asked SSOE Group’s CEO Vince DiPofi about his organization’s evolving geographic and industrial markets, use of technology, and the effect of innovations in design and construction. More
Online Exclusives
Asset / Facility Management >>

Workspace Optimization Measures for 2020

Bart Waldeck, CMO and Senior VP of Product Strategy, Tango Analytics (Q1 2020)
As businesses and the spaces they occupy continue to evolve, they must consider whether they are optimizing those spaces or whether changes can be made. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

The Evolution of Facility Design

Steve Kimball, Principal, emersion Design (Q1 2020)
Attracting and retaining the next generation of talent is now a critical input to the facility design process. More

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