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Q1 2019
Cover Story
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Employers Delve Into the Weeds of Cannabis Law

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)
As the laws involving cannabis use — for both medicinal and recreational purposes — evolve, businesses must figure out how to operate in a changing environment. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Cannabis - The Latest Buzzword on Investment

Randal Meyer, Senior Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q1 2019)
The legalization of cannabis in many states is creating opportunities for business owners and investors, as well as communities. More
Corporate Exec Survey Results >>

33rd Annual Corporate Survey & the 15th Annual Consultants Survey

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2019)
Our survey Results indicate that despite an uncertain operating environment and continuing concerns about the availability of skilled labor, plans for new and expanded facilities still are on the horizon. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)
Initially adopted by big tech companies, AI’s use has spread to manufacturing operations and their supply chains, despite cybersecurity and other concerns. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Accessing Talent Through a Dual Headquarters Move

George H. Pretty, Partner, Parker Poe (Q1 2019)
There are many lessons to be learned from the Amazon search for a second headquarters location, but establishing dual headquarters is more the exception than the rule. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Mid-Sized Urban Markets Compare Well with Mega-Cities

David J. Robinson, Principal, The Montrose Group, LLC (Q1 2019)
With their economic vitality and lower cost of doing business compared to their mega-city counterparts, growing mid-sized urban markets are succeeding in retaining and attracting high-wage jobs. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Four Key Concepts to Maximize Incentives

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q1 2019)
In order to maximize your ROI, start the incentives process early, think holistically, target those incentives that have the greatest effect on NPV, and make sure you understand all the players involved. More
Location Reports
Location Notebook >>

Location Notebook: Tennessee Builds on Its Business Retention and Attraction Efforts

Tom Gresham (Q1 2019)
A commitment to manufacturing, its logistical advantages, and a workforce development push are at the core of Tennessee’s economic strength. More
Front Line
Business Globalization >>

Frontline: What’s Driving Down FDI?

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)
The fear of trade wars and protectionist policies are being blamed for the overall decline in global foreign direct investment. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Editor’s Note: To Incent or Not to Incent?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2019)
Research indicates that incentives “tip” only 20 percent of location decisions, but it seems that’s a percentage that states and communities aren’t willing to relinquish. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

First Person: Creating a Pipeline for Site Selection

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate , Siemens Energy and Siemens USA (Q1 2019)
When it comes to site selection, constant monitoring of market trends will allow a company to balance its space with the total costs to occupy the space More
Portfolio Management / CRE >>

In Focus: Rise of Natural Disasters Affecting CRE Markets

Rick Kalvoda, Senior EVP, Altus Group (Q1 2019)
With the rise in natural disasters over the past few years and as climate change continues to be a challenge, natural disaster resiliency is top of mind for commercial property executives. More
Workplace Trends >>

In Focus: Taking Advantage of the Remote Working Trend

Wood Caldwell, Southeast Venture (Q1 2019)
With the majority of employees worldwide spending at least a portion of their time working remotely, facility mangers need to alter their workspaces. More
Online Exclusives
Consultants Forum Insights >>

For Food Manufacturers, the Right Economic Development Partner Is Critical

Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)
Area Development interviewed Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice at Cushman & Wakefield — and lead moderator at our Women in Economic Development Consultants Forum — about the insights and trends discussed at the conference, including incentives negotiation, labor costs, affordable housing, and the ever-evolving food industry, which was the focus of her own presentation. More
Consultants Forum Insights >>

Middle Market Investment Decisions

Kate Crowley, Principal,  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q1 2019)
Area Development discussed middle market investment strategies with Kate Crowley, Principal, Baker Tilly, following her “Investment Decisions in the Middle Market” presentation at our Women in Economic Development Forum. More
Consultants Forum Insights >>

Taking a Wider View of the Location Process

Carol Henderson, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)
Carol Henderson, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, spoke with Area Development about regional approaches to economic development following her presentation, “Regional vs Local Economic Development: What is the Best Strategy?” at our Women in Economic Development Forum. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Acing a Project’s Entitlement Phase

Peter Gourdeau , Director, Project Development, Windover Construction (Q1 2019)
Project due diligence along with clear communication with the project team and the surrounding community are needed to ensure your project gets off the ground. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

What Does Sustainability Mean in 2019?

Jennifer Taranto, Director of Sustainability, Structure Tone (Q1 2019)
Although sustainability in the built environment is still important, fewer projects are seeking certifications, while wellness features/amenities are becoming more mainstream. More
Consultants Forum Insights >>

The Comeback Kid: Textiles Are Returning Stateside

Beth H. Land, Vice President, Site Selection Group (Q1 2019)
Area Development sat with Beth Land, vice president of Industrial & Economic Development at Site Selection Group, to discuss the textile industry’s U.S. comeback on the heels of her presentation on the same topic at our Women in Economic Development Forum. More
Consultants Forum Insights >>

How to Navigate the U.S. or Foreign Markets

Morgan Crapps, Principal, Parker Poe Consulting (Q1 2019)
Area Development discussed strategies for navigating foreign direct investment and exports with Morgan Crapps, a consultant with Parker Poe Consulting, following her “Ways to Win at Foreign Direct Investment...Without a Big, Shiny, New Project” presentation at our Women in Economic Development Forum More

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