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Government Policy / Business Climate

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, The CAI Global Group (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, Dipl.-Ing., PE, MS,  (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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Focus: Mitigating Risk with Aggressive Support in Economic Development

Stephanie Few, Womble Bond Dickinson (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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiring Challenges Continue Throughout the U.S.

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

With record-low unemployment numbers continuing, many states are engaging in creative tactics to draw in new residents and workers — and keep the ones already there. More

The Money Issue: Negotiating for Incentives

Shannon O'Hare, Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, 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

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

Jason Lake, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2019)

The above- and below-the-line impact of taxes can sway a location decision among otherwise comparable sites. More

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

Which Government Policies Will Drive the AV Sector Forward?

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting and Michele Satterlund , Senior Vice President, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

State policymaking geared toward interconnectedness and integration is key to growth of the autonomous vehicle sector. More

How CFOs Should Address Trade Questions — ASAP

Matt Clark, President & COO, Corcentric (Q3 2019)

Recent trade tensions and announced tariffs are proving disruptive to businesses, creating an uphill battle for CFOs, but they can mitigate supplier uncertainties by leveraging data. More

The Ever-Greater Expectations for Infrastructure

Warren C. Matthews, Burr & Forman (Q3 2019)

Companies providing quality jobs have never been in a better position to ask for the infrastructure and incentives they need in order to locate their facility — or remain — in a community. More

Seaports Coping With Rising Trade Volumes, Tight Real Estate Markets

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Q3 2019)

In order to address the challenges of big-ship congestion, U.S. seaports are turning to rail, barges, and off-terminal facilities. More

All Politics Is Local, Especially for a New Site

Phillip M. Perry, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

Companies looking to open a facility in an unfamiliar location must assess its local political climate to determine if it’s one in which it can succeed now and in the future. More

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