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April 2012
Taxes / Incentives >>

Purpose-Built Incentives: Benefitting Business and Regions

Adam Prager, President, Prager Company (April 2012)
Sound incentive decision-making will make for a more perfect union between your company and the community in which it has chosen to locate. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

An Urban Enterprise Zones Primer

Dan Calabrese (April 2012)
Although locating in an enterprise zone won't work for every firm, those that do locate in such zones can achieve substantial cost savings while helping to spur a community's economic development. More
Site Selection >>

Finding a Strategic Location for Shared Services Operations

Brad DeMent, Partner, ScottMadden (April 2012)
In today's tough economic times, companies considering operational innovations can reduce their uncertainty with a solid risk management strategy. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Sale-Leasebacks: Corporations Squeeze Capital out of Real Estate

Beth Mattson-Teig (April 2012)
Low financing rates, and access to capital offer compelling reasons for corporate sale-leasebacks. More
Site Selection >>

Trendspotting: Corporate HQ Location Choices in a Recovering Market

Eric Stavriotis, Vice Chairman, CBRE (April 2012)
Pent-up demand will result in more headquarters projects in the next decade, but these modern, right-sized workspaces will differ in size and design from those of the past. More
Site Selection >>

Critical Factors: The Data Center Location Decision

Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director , Ginovus (April 2012)
Energy and construction costs, telecom infrastructure/reliability, and the risk of natural disasters take on added importance when selecting a location for a new data center facility. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Renewable Energy Companies Prepare for Rising Tide of Demand

Ed McCallum, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (April 2012)
Renewable energy companies considering investment locations should look for areas that are supportive of the industry in terms of an RPS, site readiness, and the presence of suppliers. More
Viewpoint >>

Editors Note: Will Trade in Services Supplant Trade in Goods?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (April 2012)
President Obama and his economic advisers are intent on helping U.S. manufacturers increase their product exports in order to cut into the nation's $600 billion trade deficit. Recently, however, some economists have begun to argue that America should concentrate more on exporting services, especially since services continue to dominate the U.S. economy. More
Business Globalization >>

First Person: Burdensome Policy Makes Commercialization of U.S. Innovation at Home a Challenge

Jack McDougle, Senior Vice President, / The Council on Competitiveness (April 2012)
The editor of Area Development magazine recently spoke with Jack McDougle, Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness, about the offshoring and re-shoring of U.S. businesses and what it would take to grow the nation's manufacturing sector. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Advanced Lighting Control Technology Improves Efficiency and Lowers Costs

Terry Mocherniak, Director of Global Business Development, OSRAM SYLVANIA (April 2012)
As lighting regularly accounts for nearly 40 percent of a commercial building's electricity consumption, it serves as a prime target in energy efficiency and operating costs reduction efforts. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

New Technology Designed to Protect U.S. Seaports

John K. Borchardt (April 2012)
Six million cargo containers from around the world pass through our nation's seaports every year according to Stephen Flynn, former Coast Guard commander and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Oil Pipeline to Benefit Canada and U.S. Midwest, Gulf Coast

John K. Borchardt (April 2012)
TransCanada Corp.'s 1,661-mile Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Midwest. The pipeline would provide an outlet for growing Canadian crude oil production, enabling the United States to replace Venezuelan crude oil with oil from a more secure source. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

New Vocationalism: The Way to a Winning Work Force?

Dave Claborn , Staff Editor, Area Development; Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (April 2012)
The concept incorporates specific vocational training into the curricula of community colleges, technical schools or, even, four-year universities. Ideally, the approach serves the needs of students for a quality education; businesses for a well turned out work force; and the educational institutions by attracting more tuition-paying students. More
California >>

Location California: Diversifying Economy Shows Promise

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (April 2012)
California is experiencing an economic resurgence, riding on growth in key sectors including energy, clean technology, ICT, electronics, and the booming import/export trade. More
Texas >>

Texas Today: Strong Business Environment and Innovation Spurs Job Creation

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (April 2012)
Now that there's more economic optimism in the air, it's worth taking a look around the country to see how individual states are faring. It turns out that Texas tops the charts, with the highest number of jobs added since 2008. More
Automotive >>

Market Report: Automotive Industry Breathes a Collective Sigh of Relief

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (April 2012)
Vehicles with creative power generation will fuel the auto industry in the future. More
Aerospace >>

Market Report: Aerospace Industry Expects Some Turbulence in 2012

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (April 2012)
According to a March 2012 Deloitte study, the industry supports nearly 3.5 million workers in every state in the country. It is also the largest net exporter in the United States, with an export value of nearly $90 billion in 2011, much of it consisting of commercial aircraft destined for foreign carriers. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Market Report: Renewable Energy Industry Battles Stiff Headwinds

Beth Mattson-Teig (April 2012)
A shakeout in the solar industry is expected to create widespread consolidation. More
High Tech/Nano/Electronics >>

Market Report: ICT Firms Answering to Industry Demand

Jim Romeo (April 2012)
Some ICT firms have decided to capitalize on the human technology available in their own backyards. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Market Report: Life Sciences Nurture Existing and Emerging Hubs

Beth Mattson-Teig (April 2012)
Hubs in the Northeast and California will continue to plan an important role as life sciences headquarter cities. More
High Tech/Nano/Electronics >>

Market Report: Electronics Focuses on Economics, Access, and Sustainability

Jim Romeo (April 2012)
The electronics sector relies heavily on intellectual property and new technology. Such assets are derived from many sources, but an important source is the employees - namely the engineers and scientists who develop and expand the technology to compete globally in an ever-increasing marketplace. More
Medical/Pharmaceutical >>

Market Report: Healthcare Industry Tries to Drive Down Costs

Jim Romeo (April 2012)
Locating near major carrier hubs will allow diagnostic providers faster turnaround times. More
Plastics >>

Market Report: Plastics Industry to Follow Manufacturing's Growth Trend

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (April 2012)
Plastics categories are often interconnected with other industry clusters. More
Medical/Pharmaceutical >>

Market Report: Medical Device Market Stays Steady in 2012

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (April 2012)
Medical device manufacturers continue to utilize advanced materials to produce smaller and more complex devices. More
Location Notebook >>

Emerging from the Recession, Tulsa Sets Lofty Economic Goals

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (April 2012)
Tulsa has seen an economic resurgence over the last two years and appears to be coming out of the recession sooner than other cities its size while grappling with many of the same financial and social problems. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Workers' Compensation: Controlling Your Costs

Area Development News Desk (April 2012)
Business owners can help temper the spike in workers' compensation premiums by improving safety programs and informing employees about the shared costs of accidents. More

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