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August 2012
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

6 Key Themes Driving The U.S. Industrial Real Estate Resurgence

Rich Thompson, International Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (August 2012)
The revival of U.S. manufacturing, the re-shoring trend, a demand for "big-box" space, and the growth of e-commerce are increasing demand for and investment in distribution facilities. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Birth of a Corridor: Developing a North American Intermodal Route

Robert Bach, National Director, Market Analytics, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (August 2012)
Intermodal traffic between the U.S. and Mexico is growing rapidly, helping to realize the promises of NAFTA after nearly two decades. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Don't Judge a DC by Its Shape - What's Inside Matters Most

Norm Saenz, Senior Vice President and Principal, TranSystems (August 2012)
Although many distribution centers look the same from the outside, the processes that go on inside need to be uniquely configured for process optimization. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

How "Smart" Is Your Supply Chain?

Michael Jordan, National Practice Lead, Senior Vice President, Energy and Sustainability Services Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle (August 2012)
Companies are realizing that making their supply chain more sustainable will help their bottom line as well as encourage collaboration, drive innovation, and reduce risk. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

Public-Private Partnerships Illuminate a Community's Business Environment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (August 2012)
Companies choosing a location where PPPs are in place can benefit from the public and private sectors commitment to economic growth. More
Site Selection >>

Is Investment in an Urban Locale Right for Your Company?

Adam Prager, President, Prager Company (August 2012)
Many cities are growing faster than their suburban counterparts, as companies mine their skilled work forces, affordable property, and financial inducements. More
Business Globalization >>

Why Manufacturers Are Choosing Mexico Over - and in Addition to - China

Douglas L. Donahue, Entrada Group (August 2012)
In addition to its lower labor costs, Mexico's proximity to the Americas and its stable, transparent operating environment are making it a location of choice for many U.S. companies. More
Site Selection >>

A "High-Tech, High-Touch" Approach to Construction Management

Arlen Kleinsorge, Senior Project Manager, McCownGordon Construction (August 2012)
Contractors who engage in open communication and rigorous problem-solving and owners who view their contractors as trusted advisors are much more likely to achieve successful projects. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Primer: Tax Credits Designed to Incentivize Corporate Green Practices

Warren Kirshenbaum, Founder, The Cherrytree Group (August 2012)
A company can recoup some of the costs of "going green" through Renewable Energy Credits as well as Investment Tax Credits, among others. More
Site Selection >>

Overcoming The Four Fundamental Roadblocks to Relocating a Business

Dana Olson, President and CEO, Ecodev (August 2012)
Moving consistently makes top-10 lists when it comes to the most stressful life events, and moving can be even more challenging for companies than it is for individuals and families. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Mountain States Successfully Meet Economic Challenges

Dan Calabrese (August 2012)
Over the past 12 months, the Mountain States' economies have been driven by a mixture of modern and emerging sectors - such as IT - and old standbys like dairy, which also opened the door for expansion - even as the region braced to learn the economic impact of devastating fires that occurred in June and July. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Mid-Atlantic States Focus on New Initiatives

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (August 2012)
As the Mid-Atlantic States slowly plod toward recovery, each state is concentrating efforts on differentiating from the pack. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: South Atlantic Draws Firms From Around the Globe

Beth Mattson-Teig (August 2012)
Foreign direct investment is becoming a bigger economic engine for growth throughout the South Atlantic States. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: New England States Are Well Positioned for Economic Growth

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (August 2012)
New England touts a long history of tradition, independence, strong character, and academics. The slow but evident economic recovery of the New England States reflects the persistent determination of its citizens and their resilience in the face of adversity. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Automakers Driving Growth in Southern States

Beth Mattson-Teig (August 2012)
Major automakers such as Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen are just a few of the players that have a strong and growing presence in the South. As the auto industry continues to recover, that formidable industry cluster is fueling growth across Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Southwest States Deliver Job Growth

Beth Mattson-Teig (August 2012)
Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas have generated nearly 280,000 new jobs over the past 12 months. Texas is responsible for producing the lion's share of those new jobs. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Natural Resources Fuel Growth in the Pacific States

Dan Calabrese (August 2012)
Natural resources, particularly in the area of energy, serve as the lynchpin for the Pacific States, where hydropower is gaining in importance, and oil and gold exploration also offer major opportunities. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Midwest States Actively Diversify Their Economies

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (August 2012)
While manufacturing has always been a part of the region's history, a report entitled "Midwest Destiny" - by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - noted that diversification has spurred other sectors, such as tourism, business services, and finance. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Review: Pro-Business Environment Invites Economic Success in Plains States

Dan Calabrese (August 2012)
Boasting low tax rates and aggressive recruitment programs, the Plains States point to major expansion projects as evidence of their economic health over the past year. More
Automotive >>

First Person: How Daimler AG Affects Positive State and Local Economic Policy Change

David Trebing, General Manager, State and Local Relations , Daimler AG (August 2012)
The editor of Area Development magazine recently spoke with David Trebing, General Manager of State and Local Relations at Daimler AG, about his company's experience and his advice for working with economic developers. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

Editors Note: Why Can't We Make Those Gadgets Here?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (August 2012)
As the cost of manufacturing overseas increases, the re-shoring of American manufacturing in the tech industries would not only shorten the supply chain, but also reduce its impact on the environment, while providing Americans with well-paying jobs. More
Site Selection >>

In Focus: Intelligent Services Enable High-Performance Buildings

Paul McMurphy, Product Strategy Manager, Trane (August 2012)
Choosing the best operating, maintenance, and service approach can mean the difference between a continuously high-performing building that is an organizational asset and one that degrades in overall performance and occupant satisfaction, and costs more to operate over time. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Biofuels and the U.S. Navy's "Great Green Fleet"

John K. Borchardt (August 2012)
A series of increasingly demanding Navy biofuel tests culminated in July 2012 with a task force of U.S. Navy ships and aircraft operating off the West Coast powered by biofuels. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

Business Community Cheers Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

James T. Berger (August 2012)
President Barack Obama overcame Republican "Tea Party" opposition to win a big victory over congressional conservatives in a bill to not only reauthorize the Export-Import Bank but to increase its lending cap from $100 billion to $140 billion. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Residual Waste Management: From Disposal to Resource

Jim Romeo (August 2012)
Match-making business by-products with potential users can be a profitable sustainable strategy for all involved. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

The Steps Suppliers are Taking to Prepare for a Leaner Tomorrow

Woodruff Imberman, President, Imberman and DeForest (August 2012)
As OEMs put the squeeze on, and global markets weaken, suppliers take steps to protect themselves and meet price demands, ensuring survival in a flat or declining market. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Strategic Operations Decisions Help Companies Profit from the Downturn

Richard J. Maturi (August 2012)
Savvy managers look for opportunities to profit from the downturn with careful facilities management and strategic positioning business operations. More

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