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Q3 2017
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Advanced Manufacturing >>

Advanced Technologies for the “Connected Age”

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)
With new applications for leading-edge technologies seemingly being developed on an almost daily basis, the eventual implications for business and consumers, and on aspects of daily living, are only just beginning to be understood. More
Special Report
Top States for Business >>

2017 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fourth Year in a Row

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)
The top-ranked states have committed to adding value as economic development leaders and problem-solvers, characteristics that are recognized by consultants to industry. More
Top States for Business >>

2017 Top States Commentary: Cooperative and Responsive State Government Influences the Effectiveness of a Deal

Eric Stavriotis, Vice Chairman, CBRE (Q3 2017)
Shovel-ready sites, in concert with a cooperative state government and fast permitting time, have created an ideal project backdrop in the southern markets. More
Top States for Business >>

2017 Top States Commentary: Leading States Show a Bi-Partisan Focus on Economic Development

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and City Leader, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory , Duff & Phelps, LLC (Q3 2017)
The Top States rankings reflect the practicality of working real projects in these states because their economic development organizations work hard to win and locate projects. More
Top States for Business >>

2017 Top States Commentary: Availability of Existing Talent Should Also Be Taken into Account

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q3 2017)
Shovel-ready sites, speed of permitting, and workforce development programs put the South in the lead, but taking availability of existing talent into account may have place more populous states higher in the rankings. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Regulation’s Impact on Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q3 2017)
The volume of rules and policies with which manufacturers need to comply is onerous — cutting into their competitiveness and growth opportunities. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Understanding Federal Tax and Trade Reform Proposals

Leslie Macek, Senior Manager; Credits & Incentives – Location Investment Services, EY (Q3 2017)
What do federal tax reform proposals mean for state taxes and the potential impact on discretionary incentives? More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Women in Manufacturing: Closing the Gap

Noelle Salerno, Consultant, Avalanche Consulting (Q3 2017)
The manufacturing industry is recruiting and advancing women to close the talent gap. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Scheduling, Planning & Front-End Loading (FEL) Can Keep Projects Open During Construction

Gavin Kaleta, Mechanical Department Manager, SSOE (Q3 2017)
Early engineering paves the way for feasible, cost-efficient repair and renovation projects. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

The Value of Sustainability in Business Operations

Cindy Madrick, Vice President, Business Development, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc. (Q3 2017)
Despite the administration’s focus on removing environmental protections, businesses’ sustainability efforts generally have a positive effect on their image as well as bottom line. More
Workplace Trends >>

Shedding Light on Human Energy in Facility Design

Brandon Tinianov, Vice President of Business Development, View, Inc. (Q3 2017)
Natural light in the workplace enhances “human energy,” which generates immense shared value for property owners. Given the stresses of modern manufacturing, this may be more critical than ever in the industrial workplace. More
Business Globalization >>

How U.S. Manufacturers Can Navigate the Route to the New Trade Policy

Robert McCutcheon, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PwC (Q3 2017)
Manufacturers need to prepare now for prospective trade policy changes so that they may recalibrate their supply chains if need be. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

The Factors Fueling a Resurgence in U.S. Multimodal Freight

Kevin Mohoney , Vice President, Ridge Development Company (Q3 2017)
Whether or not a facility takes immediate advantage of a site’s access, intermodal proximity has become an increasing priority for many industrial users. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

First Person: Education and Perception Struggle to Keep Up with Modern Manufacturing

Dr. David B. Williams, Dean, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University (Q3 2017)
As new manufacturing processes and technologies come on board at an increasing rate, educational institutions must provide manufacturers with the prepared work force they need; parents may also need to rethink their perceptions of manufacturing of what a manufacturing career is and is not. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Front Line: A New Focus on Apprenticeship Programs

Tom Gresham (Q3 2017)
Apprenticeships have entered the spotlight as a promising solution to the shortage of skilled workers, especially for manufacturers. More
Workplace Trends >>

The Changing Workplace: The Rise of Coworking in the Modern Business Landscape

Christy Blake, Business Development Manager, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation - Maryland (Q3 2017)
Independent professionals and small startups brought together in a co-working space can benefit from sharing creative ideas, knowledge, resources, and services. More
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Wisconsin >>

Table Stakes: Business Attraction in the Midwest Post-Foxconn

Wade Goodsell, Consulting & Incentives Program Director, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q3 2017)
In order for other Midwest states to be ready when opportunity comes knocking, they need to understand the lessons to be learned from the Foxconn deal. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

First Person: A 20-Year Take on the Supply Chain Revolution

Rich Thompson, International Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q3 2017)
Supply chain and logistics activities have become a much more visible part of the real estate industry and crucial among developers over the past 20 years. As the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA and possibly other free trade agreements, Rich Thompson, JLL’s Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions, has been consulting with the firm’s clients about what the future might bring. In this interview, Thompson discusses how supply chain and logistics has been a major driver of industrial development over the last couple of decades — and where it’s headed next. More
Kentucky >>

Location Notebook: Big Manufacturing Investments Keep Kentucky’s Automotive Industry Rolling Along

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q3 2017)
Kentucky is a powerful force in the U.S. auto industry. Major automakers have been building vehicles in the state for generations. More
Workplace Trends >>

In Focus: Taking A “Servant Leadership” Approach to Culture Change

Randy Johnson, President & CEO, Romeo RIM (Q3 2017)
A focus on core behaviors — which can be observed and measured — is the first priority in a company’s cultural transformation; it will clarify which behaviors are acceptable and deter the formation of any subcultures. More
Portfolio Management / CRE >>

New FASB Lease Standard Targets Real Estate Conflicts of Interests

Howard Ecker, President & CEO, Howard Ecker + Company (Q3 2017)
It’s time for CFOs to act to protect themselves from brokers who are working both ends of a real estate deal by securing a “No Conflict Assurance Statement” from their agents. More
Contributed Content >>

Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)
By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Frontline: Apple’s $1 Billion Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)
Among the goals of Apple’s $1billion fund is the creation of thousands of new manufacturing jobs, especially in the computers and electronics fields. More

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