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Q4 2019
Cover Story
Taxes / Incentives >>

The Money Issue: The Role of Taxes in Corporate Location Decisions

Jason Lake, Executive Managing Director, Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2019)
The above- and below-the-line impact of taxes can sway a location decision among otherwise comparable sites. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

The Money Issue: Negotiating for Incentives

Shannon O'Hare, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Advisory, Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2019)
Employing a standardized process when negotiating for incentives will optimize the results and allow a company to compare various offers on a consistent basis. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

The Money Issue: Capturing the Incentives

Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2019)
With many moving pieces and partners, a company needs a well-structured team and implementation plan in order to capture all of the incentives to which it is entitled. More
Food Processing >>

Radical Transformation in the Food & Beverage Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2019)
Food processing, packaging, and delivery are all being disrupted by changes in technology, consumer preferences, and government regulations. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

What Does It Mean to Change the Game?

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q4 2019)
Embracing “disruption” requires a shift in mindset, but those companies that welcome change can dramatically improve project outcomes. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Life Sciences’ Quest for a Future-Friendly Real Estate Strategy

Roger Humphrey, Division President, Life Sciences, JLL (Q4 2019)
Record-breaking R&D investment in the life sciences industry is spurring real estate innovation too. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

The Trade War and Its Impact on the Location Decision Process

Jay Rogers, Partner, Nelson Mullins (Q4 2019)
How can site selectors survive and also find fresh opportunities in a world where not only tariffs, but also national boundaries and trade barriers, will become more meaningful than they have been in the recent past? More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

What Should High-Growth Companies Look for in a Community?

Jason Hamman, President and Founder, The Hamman Consulting Group (Q4 2019)
While there are many key factors to consider when selecting a location, the three “must haves” for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies are an existing entrepreneurial ecosystem, an affordable cost of doing business, and the “cool factor.” More
Annual Reports
Leading Metro Locations >>

South and South Atlantic Metros Emerge as Leading Locations

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q4 2019)
A focus on workforce has placed metros in the South and South Atlantic regions among this year’s leading locations, although past metro leaders still make an appearance. More
Leading Metro Locations >>

In the Search for STEM Skills, Look to the Data

Calandra Cruickshank , Founder and CEO , StateBook International® (Q4 2019)
Companies can use available data to find the locations that best fit their needs, especially the requirement for a workforce with STEM skills. More
Leading Metro Locations >>

A Tale of Demographics

Dan White, Director, Government Consulting and Fiscal Policy Research, Moody's Analytics (Q4 2019)
Growth has been concentrated in the Southern and Western regions of the U.S., although rising costs are becoming a concern. More
Leading Metro Locations >>

2019 Leading Metro Locations: Pacific and South-Atlantic Metros Dominate the List

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 2019)
Metro areas that are hotbeds of technology lead the pack, joined by others showing manufacturing prowess, which has a large economic ripple effect. More
Location Reports
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Healthy Growth Marks Florida’s Economy

Tom Gresham (Q4 2019)
Companies in diverse industries are attracted to Florida’s low taxes and extensive international ties. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Kentucky Continues to Break Records in 2019

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)
Low business costs are drawing businesses to Kentucky, as the state also tries to equalize opportunity in its rural areas through Opportunity Zone incentives. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Positive Signs for the Mississippi Economy

Tom Gresham (Q4 2019)
Businesses in Mississippi benefit from customized training programs and enhanced incentives, as well as the state’s investments in infrastructure. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Population and GDP Grow in South Carolina

Tom Gresham (Q4 2019)
South Carolina’s business-friendly environment is drawing new businesses that can take advantage of its longstanding workforce training program to fulfill their needs. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Editor’s Note: Trade News Will Help to End Year on a Positive Note

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2019)
The new trade deal with Canada and Mexico and the potential deal with China were welcome news at year’s end despite the fact that their full effects are yet to be known. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

In Focus: Taking Steps to Fill Your Company’s Talent Pipeline

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q4 2019)
Companies must take the time to identify potential new hires, build a relationship, and follow up with training and support in order to build today’s — and tomorrow’s — workforce. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

First Person: A Modern Approach to Cyber Protection

Serguei Beloussov, CEO, Acronis (Q4 2019)
Acronis, a Singapore-based global leader in cyber protection, recently opened its operations center — featuring a cutting-edge R&D office as well as its largest and fastest-growing data center — in Tempe, Arizona. Area Development asked Acronis’ CEO Serguei Beloussov about the latest issues in cyber protection and why the company chose Tempe for its facility. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Front Line: Trend Toward Microfactories Continues

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)
By utilizing microfactories, manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in product design and demand. More
Online Exclusives
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

How to Write a Smart RFI

Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q4 2019)
Properly approaching the Request for Information process will result in receiving the submission of quality sites that will meet your company’s goals. More
Data Centers >>

Risk Assessment: The Key to Successful Data Center Planning and Design

Mike Zarrilli, Executive Director, Data Center Solutions, Johnson Controls (Q4 2019)
Those planning a data center facility must consider not only geographic and security risks, but also the threat presented by acoustics from fire suppression and other systems. More

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