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July 2011
Special Logistics Report
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

U.S. Trade Corridors of the Future

Area Development Research Desk (July 2011)
Proposed Infrastructure Investments Along Key Transportation and Supply Chain Routes More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

U.S. Trade Corridors Must Evolve to Keep Pace with the Global Economy

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (July 2011)
Investment in infrastructure and intermodal facilities is necessary if the United States is to keep pace with the demands of increasing global trade. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Infrastructure and Logistics Advantages Drive Facility Location Decisions

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (July 2011)
Attention to evolving infrastructure factors, like strong data connectivity, is growing in importance during the location decision-making process. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Green Is the New Color of the Supply Chain

Bryan Jacobs, International Director, Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle (July 2011)
Through collaboration and the use of IT, companies are greening their supply chains and making a contribution to both environmental and business goals. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

Free Trade Agreements Stymied by Political Roadblocks

James T. Berger (July 2011)
Organized labor - in industries that are a vital part of the U.S. supply chain - is worried that the three FTAs currently on the table won't deliver on their promises to create jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Top Ten Best Practices for "Greening the Supply Chain"

Bryan Jacobs, International Director, Corporate Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle (July 2011)
1. Use environmental analysis as a catalyst for innovation 2.Focus on a list of suppliers prioritized by environmental impact 3. Manage environmental impacts where they occur-ideally before they occur or get worse... More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Supply Chain Strategies Require Flexibility and Diversity

John Morris, Executive Managing Director, Americas Industrial & Logistics Leader, CBRE (July 2011)
Volatility in logistics variables is creating a paradigm shift and making location decisions much more challenging. More
Site Selection >>

Avoiding Expensive Pitfalls During the Site Selection Process

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors (July 2011)
Selecting a new site for a company's facility involves a considerable amount of time and money, but a thorough, expert site investigation is well worth the investment. More
Site Selection >>

The Essential Steps for Bringing a Facility Project to Market Quickly

Michael J. Mace, AIA, Associate Principal, Page Southerland Page, LLP (July 2011)
The owner, architect, and contractor must work to understand each other's strengths and needs in order to get a facility up and running in the shortest time possible. More
Capital Access / Finance >>

A Strategic Facilities Capital Planning Primer

Ray Dufresne, Vice President, VFA, Inc. (July 2011)
As the economy rebounds, access to readily available facility condition information provides a company with a strategic advantage. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Unions Factor into the Profitability & Competitiveness of Enterprise

Jim Romeo (July 2011)
While unionized workers typically earn more than their non-union counterparts, some may argue that good labor-management relationships are more important to a company's bottom line. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

Editor's Note July 2011: Economy Sputters Along, While U.S. Infrastructure Crumbles

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (July 2011)
The Conference Board tells us that its Consumer Confidence Index slipped from 61.7 in May to 58.5 in June. Americans seem worried about the U.S. economic outlook as well as their own future earnings - so they're keeping a close watch on how they spend their money. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

In Focus: The Benefits of Guided Facility Self-Assessments

Keith O'Leary, Director of Product Marketing, VFA, Inc. (July 2011)
Access to comprehensive and accurate facility condition data is critical in making informed facility capital planning decisions. More
Business Globalization >>

First Person: Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to the United States by Showing OEM's the Real Value in Local Sourcing

Harry Moser , Founder/President, The Reshoring Initiative (July 2011)
Harry Moser has founded a movement aimed at convincing OEMs to bring their in-house and outsourced manufacturing back to the United States. The editor of Area Development recently questioned him about this endeavor. More
Regional Reports
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: With Energy as a Main Economic Driver, Mountain States Look Towards Industrial Diversification

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (July 2011)
While the Mountain region has greatly benefited economically from its mining, oil, and natural gas production, these states also recognize that they are exposed to energy volatility. Industrial diversification has helped fortify their respective economies. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Pacific Region Focuses on Renewable Energy

Lisa A. Bastian (July 2011)
Like many other states, those located in America's Pacific region are focusing on energy issues to help them stay competitive, productive, and economically stable. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Plains States Exhibit Economic Strength and Resiliency

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (July 2011)
While few states escaped the ravages of the economic downturn, the Plains region fared better than most. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Midwest Relies on Innovation to Restore Economic Health

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (July 2011)
The Midwest region will have to find new ways to capitalize on resources, while creating fresh alternatives in raising revenues and growing jobs..some states are doing just that. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Southwest Region Adding Emerging Technology Jobs

Lisa A. Bastian (July 2011)
The Southwest States are holding their own in this roller-coaster economy. "Traditional" industries as well as emerging technologies are all part of the mix of solutions they're using to take care of their businesses and citizens now - and plan for the future. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Southern States Receiving Their Fair Share of Foreign Direct Investment

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (July 2011)
ThyssenKrupp in Alabama and Mitsubishi Electric Power in Tennessee lead a charge of FDI super projects that are helping to buoy cautious optimism and steady but slow economic gains in the southern states. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: South Atlantic States' Economies Showing New - and Renewed - Strengths

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (July 2011)
Dr. Jeff Humphreys, director of economic forecasting at the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, has seen growth activity in temp agencies, healthcare, federal government, defense, transportation and logistics, and professional and technical services. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: New England's Strong Educational Infrastructure Fosters Growth

Beth Mattson-Teig (July 2011)
A link that unites the New England States is a highly educated work force. The region is known for its extensive base of universities and colleges that has spawned a world-class research and development community. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Mid-Atlantic States Thrive on Diversity of Industry

Beth Mattson-Teig (July 2011)
Business expansion is picking up across the Mid-Atlantic region as the economy rebounds, and the region's states are busy positioning themselves for even more growth in the future. More
Exclusive Online Content
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Rising Fuel Costs Highlight Need for Stronger Distribution System Efficiencies

John Bell (July 2011)
Rising oil prices are causing many companies to re-think their distribution networks as they respond to market demands for efficiency and cost containment. Those who are successful are gaining market share. More
Front Line
Food Processing >>

Aquaculture: Opportunities in the Fastest-Growing Food Production System in the United States

John K. Borchardt (July 2011)
The U.S. Department of Commerce has set specific 25-year goals to eliminate this trade deficit and double aquaculture employment. This expansion will provide increased business opportunities for aquaculture equipment and drug manufacturers. More
Texas >>

Case Study: 4 Reasons for Economic Success in America's Fastest Growing City

Lisa A. Bastian (July 2011)
Last June, the U.S. Census Bureau identified Frisco, Texas as the number-one fastest-growing community in America among cities of 100,000 or more. In 2009 named the city as one of the top 10 places to relocate. Why have people and companies flocked to Frisco? More
Kansas >>

University of Kansas Incubator Building Companies

Joseph F. Monaco, Assistant Communications Director, University of Kansas (July 2011)
The Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC). It's one of the Midwest's most promising new business incubators, and it has corporate leaders nationwide adding Lawrence, Kan., to their short list of potential business sites. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

U.S. Railroads Invest in Future as Freight Volume Surges

Dean Barber, President / CEO, Barber Business Advisors (July 2011)
While industry observers predict rail freight activity could double by the middle of the century the United States is building an innovative rail network that can compete globally More

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