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Spring 2011
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100 Leading Locations: Desirable Places for Doing Business

Area Development Special Presentation (Spring 2011)
Smaller regional and metro areas are emerging from amongst the field of usual big-city suspects as desirable locations for companies of all sizes. Our list brings these locations to light by showing how they stack up to the rest of the field when considering 14 highly regarded surveys. More
Annual Reports >>

2011 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Recognizing Individual States for Excellence in Economic Development and Job Creation

Area Development Special Presentation (Spring 2011)
This year , three states, Indiana, Michigan, and South Carolina, are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2010 creating a significant number of high value-added new jobs as well as investment. More
Site Selection >>

What's Important in the Data Center Location Decision?

Thomas Freeman, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Spring 2011)
Energy reliability and costs weigh heavily on the data center location decision, but tax incentives may ultimately come into play as well. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Spotlight on Supply Chain Risks and Resiliency

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Spring 2011)
Contingency and backup strategies that account for new levels of risk and potential disruption will help managers ride out the storms. More
Site Selection >>

Bigger Is Not Always Better: Finding the Right Community for a Business Location

Dana Olson, President and CEO, Ecodev (Spring 2011)
Companies seeking to lower their operating costs and grow their businesses may find the grass is greener outside of urban areas More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Managing a Virtual Work Force: Eight Ways for Managers to Support Mobile Workers

John Hampton, Senior Vice President, Solutions Development, Jones Lang LaSalle (Spring 2011)
The virtual work force is rapidly expanding. Don't let it lead to growing management problems. More
Site Selection >>

U.S. Call Center/Back Office Operations Regaining Lost Ground

King R. White, Founder and President, Site Selection Group (Spring 2011)
The United States is uniquely positioned to gain back the jobs in this now more knowledge-based sector that have been lost over the last decade. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Strategic Real Estate Portfolio Planning: Effective Solutions

Peter Shannon, Executive Vice President, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle (Spring 2011)
In the post-recession, new normal, companies must do everything they can to ensure their real estate portfolios contribute effectively to the bottom line. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Streamlining Best Practices Across Facility Management

Phil Wales, CEO, eBusiness Strategies (Spring 2011)
Every business can realize significant cost savings by implementing streamlined, automated processes in its daily operations. More
Business Globalization >>

The Global Landscape Evolves: Offshoring's Risks and Opportunities

Matt Jackson, Senior Managing Director, JLL (Spring 2011)
The popularity and proliferation of offshoring will continue to grow as business becomes increasingly globalized. Balance the risks with opportunities for rewards. More
Site Selection >>

Designing a Roadmap for Headquarters Relocation

Andrew H. Shapiro, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company (Spring 2011)
Relocating a company headquarters is a major decision. Follow a thorough and logical methodology to ensure the best site choice for your business. More
Alabama >>

The ThyssenKrupp Promise: Core Value of Social Responsibility Put to the Test in Alabama

Robert Hess, Vice Chairman, Newmark  (Spring 2011)
With completion of it's $3.7b, 7 million square-foot Calvert, AL complex, ThyssennKrupp met and exceeded environmental compliance standards while achieving it's goal to come on-line by the end of 2010 while overcoming numerous obstacles. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

A Healthy High (Google) Fiber Diet for Kansas City: The Gigabit Web and it's Economic Development Implications

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (Spring 2011)
The Google Fiber project in Kansas City will impact not just computer-centric companies, such as data centers, but also a long and diverse list of businesses. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

The Baldrige Process: World Standard in Manufacturing Quality Improvement - But Still Relevant?

Dave Claborn , Staff Editor, Area Development; Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Spring 2011)
Baldrige is a pathway that leads to improved innovation - the very thing American industry needs in a global market of low-cost competitors. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

In Focus: Planning for a Changing Corporate Workplace: Technology + Mobility = Flexibility + Productivity

David Paeper, AIA, CID, Principal, HGA Architects and Engineers (Spring 2011)
Recent changes in the economy, improvements in technology, and generational shifts in the workplace have made the planning of corporate workplaces anything but business-as-usual. A combination of new forces that are fundamentally reshaping the workplace. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

Editor's Note: Who's Leading the Recovery?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Spring 2011)
With a weak dollar making U.S. exports cheaper overseas and tax cuts encouraging business investment in equipment and facilities, U.S. manufacturing has been one of the strongest sectors of the economy since the recession ended in June 2009. More
Aerospace >>

First Person: The Boeing Defense, Space & Security Manufacturing Site Selection Process

Don Anderson, St. Clair Site Leader, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (Spring 2011)
The editor of Area Development recently discussed BDS' decision to open a manufacturing facility at MidAmerica with the St. Clair Site Lead Don Anderson. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

Managing Crisis Situations: No Company is Immune - How to Deal with Disaster

Richard J. Maturi (Spring 2011)
Companies should create detailed plans and guidelines to handle worst-case business crises, but disaster planning is the ultimate key. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Employee Benefits: Balancing Cost and Employee Satisfaction

Phillip M. Perry, Staff Editor, Area Development (Spring 2011)
An impressive benefits package is one way to woo top talent, but employers must carefully weigh benefit costs with the company's bottom line. More

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