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Q2 2019
Cover Story
Annual Econdev Awards >>

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
Annual Econdev Awards >>

2019 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Nikola Motor Corp. to Build Hydrogen-Electric Trucks in Arizona

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)
The $1 billion Nikola assembly plant is helping to build Arizona’s future in the creation of new-technology vehicles. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

People Analytics Helps Define the Search for Skilled Labor

Wayne Gearey, Chief Data Scientist, Emsi (Q2 2019)
The analysis of human capital flows across markets and regions measures how, why, and where talent and skill clusters are creating and supporting sustainable market strength. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Growing Markets Positioned for Corporate Location Success

David J. Robinson, Principal, The Montrose Group, LLC (Q2 2019)
Corporate site location projects begin with understanding which regional markets are growing and will provide a long-term pool of skilled workers and a successful economy attractive to the company and its supply chain. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

What Makes a Successful Innovation District?

Stephen Coulston, Principal, Perkins+Will (Q2 2019)
Prosperous innovation districts have diversified economies and are integrated into the fabric of a community, drawing workers who seek out such environments and the companies that are trying to attract them. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Working with Communities to Earn a Welcoming Reception

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Q2 2019)
Understanding a community’s dynamics and getting its leaders and residents invested in a company’s location plans will lead to a successful project and long-term benefits for all. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Which Talent Sourcing Strategy Is Right for Your Company - and Its Location?

Jim Eskew, Senior Vice President, JLL (Q2 2019)
Carefully aligning your company’s talent sourcing strategy with its choice for a new facility location will result in a successful investment decision. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Utilities’ Role in the Corporate Location Decision

Grant Miller, Partner, Colliers International (Q2 2019)
Conveying a company’s utility needs to service providers and choosing a location that can properly meet those needs — now and into the future — will help to ensure a project’s success. More
Location Reports
Location Notebook >>

Location Notebook: Texas Builds on Its Strengths and Confronts Its Challenges

Tom Gresham (Q2 2019)
Population growth, a favorable tax climate, and a business-friendly environment are among the factors fueling economic gains and drawing corporate investment to Texas. More
Location Notebook >>

Location Notebook: Diversification Bolstering Economic Growth in Ohio

Tom Gresham (Q2 2019)
While building on its existing strengths — including its logistical advantages, low tax burden, and productive workforce — Ohio is seeking to diversify the state’s economy. More
Location Notebook >>

Location Notebook: Indiana Is Making Global Connections

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)
Both domestic and foreign advanced technology and other firms are investing in Indiana, a state with a well-prepared workforce and lifestyle initiatives to attract younger workers. More
Front Line
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Front Line: Feeling the Effects of New Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)
Both manufacturers and consumers are paying the price for these new tariffs, with many in the former group asking for exclusions. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Front Line: Ensuring a “Pipeline” of Qualified Workers

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)
Pipeline AZ was developed to match job-seekers with industry openings as well as academic institutions and local job training resources. More
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

Front Line: Implications for Industry of Raising the Minimum Wage

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)
With manufacturers today employing fewer minimum wage-workers, the industrial sector may be only minimally affected by an increase. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Editor’s Note: Can the U.S. Win the Trade War With China — and at What Cost?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2019)
Although the Trump administration has argued that newly imposed tariffs on China are necessary to curb its abuse of global competitors, industry leaders are saying the tariffs are disrupting their supply chains and adding costs that they will need to pass on to consumers. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

In Focus: Uncertainty Driving Location Strategy Amid USMCA Debate

Brett Doney, President & CEO, Great Falls Montana Development Authority (Q2 2019)
Companies must manage trade policy risks and opportunities in today’s uncertain global trade environment. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

First Person: Building a Long-Term Manufacturing Workforce

Amanda Hutchings, President, Peak Manufacturing (Q2 2019)
Area Development’s staff writer, Mark Crawford, recently spoke to Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing in Pleasant Lake, Mich., about addressing the looming shortage of workers in manufacturing by hiring women, who are underrepresented in this field, and educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing. More
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Consultants Forum Insights >>

Opportunity Zones Can Uplift Communities and Investors Alike

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q2 2019)
Stephanie Yarbrough, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson, spoke with Area Development following her presentation on qualified opportunity zones and stimulating investment in low-income communities at our Miami Consultants Forum. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

New Construction Technologies and Techniques in a Time of Shortages

Patrick Ryan, Executive Vice President, Linesight (Q2 2019)
Emerging and rapidly developing technologies — including improved BIM products and the IoT — are changing the construction landscape, both on and off the job site. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2019)
If site selectors take the time to identify and communicate their key criteria to economic developers — who take the time to listen — the end result will be a perfect match! More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Building Smarter: How to Ensure Optimization from Start to Finish and Beyond

Jim Nannini, Vice President, Building Wide Systems Integration, Johnson Controls (Q2 2019)
A high-performing, future-ready, truly smart building can drive value for the occupants and organizations that depend on the facility. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Understanding the Evolving Incentives Landscape

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q2 2019)
Key trends across the states indicate a continued effort to lure new businesses with incentives, but there’s a sustained focus on transparency and ensuring a return on investment for taxpayers. More
Consultants Forum Insights >>

Ingredients for a Healthy Site Selection Process in the Food Industry

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2019)
Area Development interviewed Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions, at our Miami Consultants Forum about the food industry dynamics that are influencing site selection in 2018 and beyond. More

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