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Immigration Tips for International Business Travelers During the Pandemic

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP and Jennifer Cory, Leader, Immigration Solutions Practice, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q2 2021)

As international business travelers resume their travel to the U.S. for site visits and face-to-face meetings, there are specific guidelines to keep in mind to facilitate the entry process. More

Shoring Up Operations for Growth

Jeff Jorge, Principal; International Growth Services Practice Leader , Baker Tilly, LLP and Thane J. Hutcheson, Director, Baker Tilly, LLP (Q2 2021)

Both domestic and foreign companies with operations abroad are realigning their supply chains and moving operations closer to the U.S. in order to strategically position themselves for growth. More

Front Line: Infrastructure Upgrades Vital to U.S. Economy

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)

A mediocre grade for U.S. infrastructure indicates there’s much work to be done to bring it up to the safe, sustainable level vitally needed for the supply chain and economic growth. More

Mitigate the Risks of Supply Chain Disruption

Scott McCandless , U.S. Trade Policy Leader , PwC and Mark Hermans, Managing Director, PwC (Q2 2021)

There are four steps businesses can take now to prepare proactively for policy changes. More

35th Annual Corporate Survey: Effects of Global Pandemic Reflected in Executives’ Site and Facility Plans

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our corporate readers’ location plans and priorities as they increased their resiliency efforts. More

17th Annual Consultants Survey: Consultants Are Optimistic About the Year Ahead

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

Those responding to the Consultants Survey express optimism about their clients’ plans for the year ahead while acknowledging their increased focus on costs and logistics going forward. More

First Person: A Manufacturer’s Response to Pandemic-Related Challenges

Timothy Knavish, Executive Vice President, PPG (Q1 2021)

Area Development’s editor recently asked PPG’s Tim Knavish — who is responsible for the architectural coatings business in USCA, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, the global automotive refinish business, the Latin America region, and the digital and information technology functions — about his company’s response to COVID and important operating concerns. More

In Focus: Driving Economic Prosperity Through Entrepreneurism

Fred Molnar, Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Q1 2021)

Entrepreneurism will be the “shot in the arm” the economy so desperately needs to recover. More

Front Line: Job Creation Through Reshoring

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2021)

Companies are considering reshoring operations for better supply chain management and are creating jobs in the process. More

“Made in America” Executive Order to Affect International Companies and FDI

Morgan Crapps, Principal, Parker Poe Consulting (Q1 2021)

The new administration’s Executive Order may provide the impetus for those companies considering U.S. manufacturing projects to proceed. More

How to Navigate the Reshoring of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Darren Jones, John Finan, and Cory Wendt, Baker Tilly US, LLP (Q4 2020)

With global vulnerabilities in the supply chain and the ever-changing landscape of the “new normal,” pharma industry leaders need to have a clear map for the road ahead. More

Nondisclosure Agreements Best Practices When Negotiating Incentives

Sean P. Byrne, Of Counsel, Vorys, Slater, Seymour and Pease LLP and Scott J. Ziance, Partner and Economic Incentives Practice Leader, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Q4 2020)

Although a company may want to keep its project information confidential when negotiating incentives, public records laws often require governmental transparency. More

From NAFTA to the USMCA — A Canadian Perspective

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, CAI Global (Location Canada 2020)

Although it is still too early to say how investors to Canada will react to the USMCA, it does provide medium-term certainty to North American trade. More

What’s Next: Leveraging Mergers and Acquisitions with Incentives

Jason Lake, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2020)

A company merging with or acquiring another firm should make sure to perform its due diligence with regard to previously granted incentives before entering into the transaction. More

Infrastructure Investment as an Economic Stimulus Tool

Tom Gresham (Q3 2020)

Investing in the nation’s infrastructure can provide an immediate economic boost and create jobs, but its greatest value lies in supporting economic competitiveness over the long term. More

Front Line: Visa Ban Upends Companies and Competitiveness

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2020)

The administration’s freeze and restrictions on visas for foreign workers may only exacerbate the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. More

Indemnification Provisions in Incentives Agreements: Best Practices and Special Public Entity Issues

Sean P. Byrne, Of Counsel, Vorys, Slater, Seymour and Pease LLP and Scott J. Ziance, Partner and Economic Incentives Practice Leader, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Q3 2020)

Several modest changes to indemnification provisions will limit a company’s potential unforeseen future exposure. More

What Does the Future Hold for FDI from Europe?

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors (Q3 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic has affected foreign direct investment from Europe, but some positive signs are seen going forward. More

Proactive Management of Incentives Deals

Sean P. Byrne, Of Counsel, Vorys, Slater, Seymour and Pease LLP and Scott J. Ziance, Partner and Economic Incentives Practice Leader, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Q3 2020)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies need to determine if they are at risk of breach of incentives contracts and communicate with the incentive-granting authorities. More

Successfully Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

Phillip M. Perry, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

Before employers bring personnel back into the workplace, they need to ensure their safety and accommodate those with special needs, while adhering to employment laws. More

Foreign Trade Zones: A Key Tool to Navigating Tariffs

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Q2 2020)

Area Development interviewed Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc., at our Houston Consultants Forum. Our discussion covered how companies can leverage foreign trade zones to mitigate the impact of tariffs on their bottom line. More

Hitting the Reset Button: How to Pivot the Perception of Economic Development

Christopher D. Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q2 2020)

Economic developers are playing an important role in helping businesses to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and their use of incentives to solidify relationships should not be shunned. More

Innovation in America Reaches New Heights

Lisa A. Bastian (Q2 2020)

If necessity is the mother of invention, the COVID-19 crisis is driving cooperative innovation by companies, government entities, and healthcare organizations. More

What Can Taxing Entities Do for Their Business Community?

Ben Worrell , Credit & Incentives Consultant, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2020)

State and local governments should forego tax revenue in 2020, allowing businesses to retain cash and restart their businesses. More

Finding Talent in a Time of Economic Change

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

As millions of idled workers start to return to the workforce, the need for workforce development programs will be greater than ever before. More

Opportunities and Challenges for the CBD and Hemp Industry

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2020)

Scott Kupperman, Owner, Kupperman Location Solutions, spoke with Area Development about the site selection opportunities - and challenges - for the CBD and Hemp industry at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

The Nature of Incentives Compliance in the Age of the Coronavirus

Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director , Ginovus and Susan Jarvis, Senior Client Advisor, Ginovus (Q2 2020)

Although compliance may not be top of mind for business during the pandemic, renegotiation may be possible, and incentives could be more important now than ever before. More

Workforce Reductions, Incentives Compliance, and Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Azad Khan, Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)

Companies that have reduced their workforces as a result of the COVID 19 crisis may need help getting back up to speed when things return to “normal.” More

Potential Shifts in the Workforce Due to COVID-19

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q2 2020)

Temporary shifts to remote working may become permanent and more reshoring of critical manufacturing jobs may also be in the offing as companies look to become more resilient to crises. More

Business Policy Changes to Result from the COVID 19 Crisis

Matt Jackson, Senior Managing Director, JLL (Q2 2020)

The global pandemic is causing companies to rethink their office occupancy requirements and supply chain configurations. More

Pandemic Will Elicit Varied Responses from State and Local Governments

Jacob Everett , Credit & Incentives Practice, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2020)

The public and private sectors must work together to continue to move business and community forward. More

In Focus: Mitigating Risk with Aggressive Support in Economic Development

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q1 2020)

Having an economic development program in place, ready to go, will help a community get back on its feet once the devastating threat of COVID-19 is behind us. More

Corporate Site Location in the COVID 19 Hurricane

David J. Robinson, Principal, The Montrose Group, LLC (Q1 2020)

Although expansion will take a back seat to dealing with COVID 19 for several months, companies that focus on key business and corporate site location matters will not just survive but also thrive. More

34th Annual Corporate Survey & the 16th Annual Consultants Survey

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2020)

Plans for new and expanded facilities among the smaller firms (in terms of employment numbers) responding to our Corporate Survey are not as robust as those of larger firms that employ consultants to help in location analysis and site decisions. More

In Focus: Reforming the Imbalanced Trade Relationship with China

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) (Q1 2020)

Unfair trade has cost America millions of jobs, and the Phase 1 deal with China won’t help. More

Realignment of the Automotive Supply Base

Dennis Cuneo, Owner, DC Strategic Advisors LLC (Q1 2020)

The USMCA as well as vehicle electrification will have substantial impacts on the automotive supply base in the United States. More

The USMCA Clears a Cloud of Uncertainty

Jason Tolliver, Managing Director, Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2020)

The passage of the new North American trade pact — the USMCA — brightens an already sunny outlook for industrial real estate. More

In Focus: Key Success Factors for Building a Cannabis Processing Center

Andy Poticha, Principal, Canabis Facility Construction (Q1 2020)

Developers looking for growth opportunities presented by increasing legalization of cannabis must be familiar with state-level building codes for processing facilities. More

Front Line: NEPA Rule Changes on the Horizon

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

Proposed changes to the environmental review have been welcomed by NAM and others. More

Front Line: New DOT Focus on Rural Development

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

“Economic success” is a critical component of the Department of Transportation’s new initiative. More

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