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Q2 2020
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COVID-19 Response >>

A “Now, Next, Later” Approach for Dealing with Pandemic Challenges

Kate Crowley, Principal,  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2020)
The coronavirus pandemic is driving companies to focus on near-term survival and long-term supply chain changes. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Accelerated Trends Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Workforce Marketplace

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q2 2020)
Businesses and communities will find that the solution to their post-COVID workforce problems is the same: skills. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

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
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

“Future-Proofing” Corporate Location Decisions in Uncertain Times

Chris Volney, Managing Director, Americas Consulting, CBRE (Q2 2020)
Despite today’s unprecedented labor market uncertainty, predictive people analytics can still be used to understand exposure to the economic ramifications of the current crisis. More
Energy / Clean Tech >>

Redevelopment of Former Coal Plant Sites

Kerry Smith, informationworks (Q2 2020)
Industrial real estate firms are joining environmental investors to redevelop former coal plant sites in an effort to breathe new life into the communities where they are located. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Finding Talent in a Time of Economic Change

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)
As millions of idled workers start to return to the workforce, the need for workforce development programs will be greater than ever before. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

The Nature of Incentives Compliance in the Age of the Coronavirus

Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director , Ginovus (Q2 2020)
Although compliance may not be top of mind for business during the pandemic, renegotiation may be possible, and incentives could be more important now than ever before. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

A Disciplined Road Map for Industrial Site Selection

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2020)
By gaining real data in the pre-capital planning stage, a business can achieve a solid basis for making critical operational and locational decisions. More
Special Report
Annual Econdev Awards >>

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
Viewpoint >>

Editor's Note: Guidance for the “New Normal”

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2020)
By the end of the first quarter, the U.S. economy contracted by 4.8 percent — the steepest contraction since Q4/2008 during the Great Recession, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. How should businesses respond to this crisis? More
Business Globalization >>

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
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

In Focus: When — and How — to Ramp Up the Workforce

Kent Cornell, Managing Director, UHY Advisors (Q2 2020)
Although the COVID crisis has forced companies to lay off or furlough employees, they need to consider talent acquisition strategies now. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Front Line: Inland Ports Spur Distribution Growth

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)
Locations in the middle part of the country provide an alternative to coastal seaports while providing quick intermodal connections to the nation’s interior. More
Online Exclusives
COVID-19 Response >>

Protecting Building Resiliency During COVID-19 Pandemic

David Bishop, Director, Service Operations, Johnson Controls (Q2 2020)
Whether your business’ facility has been completely shut down or minimally occupied, concerns about systems and security must be addressed to ensure a smooth reopening. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Hitting the Reset Button: How to Pivot the Perception of Economic Development

Christopher D. Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q2 2020)
Economic developers are playing an important role in helping businesses to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and their use of incentives to solidify relationships should not be shunned. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Preparations for the “New Normal”

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)
A highly robust telecom infrastructure combined with an educational system that can remotely deliver high-quality instruction and training are among the longer list of corporate “must-haves” in the post-COVID 19 era. More
COVID-19 Response >>

What Can Taxing Entities Do for Their Business Community?

Ben Worrell , Principal, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2020)
State and local governments should forego tax revenue in 2020, allowing businesses to retain cash and restart their businesses. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Assembling the Right Site Selection Team

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2020)
Populating your site selection team with the experts critical to your particular project will lead to a successful location decision. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Risk Management, Enhanced Communication Needed in Post-Pandemic Environment

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa (Q2 2020)
Companies must proactively incorporate redundancy, safety, and communication into their operations. More
COVID-19 Response >>

How Pandemic Will Affect Corporate Location

Les Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Savills  (Q2 2020)
The COVID 19 crisis will bring about changes in location strategies and how the process is conducted, as well as in which projects will go forward. More
COVID-19 Response >>

COVID-19 Will Remake How We Work and Live

Susan Arledge, President, Site Selection and Analytics, ESRP Real Estate (Q2 2020)
The current pandemic will present a “new normal” that may include a continuation of allowing employees to work from home and the creation of new behaviors for those that come into the office. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Workforce Reductions, Incentives Compliance, and Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Azad Khan, Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)
Companies that have reduced their workforces as a result of the COVID 19 crisis may need help getting back up to speed when things return to “normal.” More
COVID-19 Response >>

The Pandemic Highlights the Irony of Desires

Minah Hall, Managing Director, Compass Key Site Solutions (Q2 2020)
What I learned during the Covid-19 pandemic: Be careful what you wish for! More
COVID-19 Response >>

Ensuring Business Continuity While Focusing on Accelerating Automation

Catalina Valencia, Principal, Terrafinder Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)
In the face of current risks, business will focus on supply chain resiliency, accelerating automation, and increased investments in telecommunications and renewable energy. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Resiliency of Supply Chains & Post-Pandemic Opportunities for FDI

Mark Simmons, Senior Principal, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)
The current pandemic crisis has brought supply chain risks to the forefront; consequently, foreign companies may want to localize production to the U.S. if they wish to serve the American market. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Potential Shifts in the Workforce Due to COVID-19

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q2 2020)
Temporary shifts to remote working may become permanent and more reshoring of critical manufacturing jobs may also be in the offing as companies look to become more resilient to crises. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Business Policy Changes to Result from the COVID 19 Crisis

Matt Jackson, Senior Managing Director, JLL (Q2 2020)
The global pandemic is causing companies to rethink their office occupancy requirements and supply chain configurations. More
COVID-19 Response >>

Pandemic Will Elicit Varied Responses from State and Local Governments

Jacob Everett , Founder, Corsa Strategies (Q2 2020)
The public and private sectors must work together to continue to move business and community forward. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Smart Facilities and Industrial IOT in the Era of 5G

Mo Fahim, Practice Leader, Intelligent Buildings, Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (Q2 2020)
Implementing 5G will bring real-time optimization to manufacturing and distribution facilities. More

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