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Government Policy / Business Climate

Location Factors in the EV Industry — “Mission Critical” or “Nice to Have”?

Joseph Gioino, Senior Managing Director, Newmark and Alan Reeves, Senior Managing Director, Newmark (2022 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Understanding the impact of both quantitative and qualitative factors is critically important to the operational efficiency and long-term success of your EV-related project. More

First Person: ESG Propels Honeywell in New Directions

Evan van Hook, Chief Sustainability Officer, Honeywell (Q2 2022)

Policies with regard to environmental, social, and governance issues have become increasingly important to all companies, as well as their shareholders, in the 21st century’s “sustainability revolution.” More

Foreign-Trade Zones: The Best, Zero-Cost Incentive for Your Business

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Q2 2022)

FTZs can bring in millions of dollars in additional profits and cost very little to maintain relative to the investment. More

36th Annual Corporate Survey: Executives Focus on Labor, Energy, Shipping Costs

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

A tight labor market, supply chain challenges, and rising costs have resulted in some surprising changes in corporate respondents’ location priorities. More

18th Annual Consultants Survey: Access to Major Markets and Skilled Labor Are Clients’ Primary Concerns

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

Supply chain considerations, the shortage of skilled workers, and a lack of industrial space are top of mind for their clients, according to consultants responding to our annual survey. More

How the Biden Energy Plan Will Impact U.S. Business

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2022)

With the federal government’s commitment to sustainable energy, businesses must act now to not only meet the new guidelines but also to satisfy customers and investors alike. More

2022 Trade Concerns for Manufacturers

Laura Rabinowitz, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Q1 2022)

With tariffs increasing, as well as a heightened focus on products made with forced labor, importers must carefully examine their supply chains in order to figure out how to mitigate their exposure. More

In Focus: Redefining the “Smart” in Smart Cities

Karen Lightman, Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (Q1 2022)

Emerging robotics and AI technologies can help meet critical goals of connectivity, equity, and sustainability. More

Innovation Corridors Have Economic Assets Driving Business Growth

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

By actively putting together the resources needed for innovative companies to survive and thrive, innovation districts and corridors have found a recipe for success. More

In Focus: A PFAS State of Mind

Bina Joshi, Partner, Schiff Hardin (Q4 2021)

While the law concerning PFAS is still in flux, property owners and operators need to consider its implications. More

Front Line: Infrastructure Investment Faces Hurdles

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

Projects funded by the infrastructure bill are projected to create nearly a million jobs — but filling those jobs may present a challenge. More

How an International Business Can Enter the U.S. Market Via M&A

Stephanie Few, Partner; John Scannapieco, Partner; Michael Cashin, Partner; Caroline Frey, Associate; Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP and, Robert Winborne, Managing Director; Brookwood Associates (Q4 2021)

Tapping into the U.S. market can provide a company with many advantages, but the process can be complicated and require professional advice and support. More

Editor's Note: Strong Government/Business Partnerships Mitigate Location Risks

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2021)

Economic development programs are evolving to help companies mitigate risks and boost their return on investment, while businesses are also placing increasing emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. More

Shifting Dynamics in a Post-Pandemic World

Steven Tozier, Managing Director, Ernst & Young LLP (Q3 2021)

Your business may benefit from economic developers’ new targeted approaches that support new norms in the workplace, promote inclusive economic recovery, and place ESG at the center of their value proposition. More

Front Line: U.S. Supply Chains Face Critical Stage

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2021)

The pandemic accelerated the reexamination of U.S. supply chains, and a new report sets out a path for addressing vulnerabilities. More

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

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