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2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Oracle America, Inc. Establishing Second U.S. Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

The Oracle project along the Cumberland River includes spending on public infrastructure improvements. More

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Presentation of Incentives Information to the Media

Scott J. Ziance, Partner and Economic Incentives Practice Leader, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and Jonathan K. Stock, Of Counsel, Vorys (Q2 2022)

Make sure the media gets it right when reporting on your company’s incentives. More

Retrofitting Office Space to Attract Life Sciences Companies

John O'Reilly, Managing Director, Unispace Life Sciences and Aisling Crowley, Head of Client Relations & Strategy, Unispace Life Sciences (Q2 2022)

In the life sciences industry, business is booming; here’s how office buildings can satisfy the sector’s unflagging demand for space. More

Innovative and Collaborative Design Sets the Stage for Life Science Innovation

Dr. Suzet McKinney, Principal and Director of Life Sciences, Sterling Bay (Q2 2022)

Life science labs need to accommodate present and future equipment needs and, most importantly, collaboration among the scientists and others who work there. 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

Locations That Promote Employee Health and Well-Being Coming to the Forefront

Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation, JLL (Q1 2022)

As workforce location preferences have evolved over decades, one thing has remained constant: individuals want to work and live in locations that foster their physical as well as mental and emotional health. More

In Focus: The Business Case for the Building of the Future

Tyler Smith, Executive Director, Healthy Buildings, Johnson Controls (Q1 2022)

Investing in facilities now will yield financial and physical benefits in the short and long term. More

Adapting to Agility: Leveraging a “Hub and Spoke” Model

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates and Guy Douetil, Managing Director, Hickey and Associates, LLC (Workforce Q4 2021)

As a company’s workforce becomes more dispersed, they need to rethink not only how they support those employees but also the physical footprint of their business. More

In Focus: The Future of Sustainability in Real Estate

Kristin Mueller, COO, JLL Property Management (Q4 2021)

As they realize the impact the built world has on the environment, companies are increasingly transitioning to cleaner, greener facilities and operations. More

Tennessee Sees a Surge in Headquarters, Tech, and Finance Facilities

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2021)

With a critical mass of qualified workers, as well as a friendly business environment, the state of Tennessee is drawing new and expanding firms. More

2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: Centene Chooses Charlotte for Regional HQ/Technology Hub

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)

Expected to create 3,200 jobs, the Centene project is the largest single job announcement in the history of North Carolina’s incentives program. More

Adapting to a New Workplace Ecosystem

David Smith, Head of Occupier Insights, Global Research, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2021)

The office is evolving and becoming more agile — it has to. More

Innovation Lives at National Landing

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Q2 2021)

New Amazonians are onboarding. Construction milestones are being met. From timelines to pipelines, Amazon’s mammoth HQ2 undertaking is on time and full speed ahead. 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

The Future of the Workforce Is a “Better Normal”

Laura Wachowiak, Operations and Marketing Manager, Cresa (Workforce Q4 2020)

Redefining the workforce in a post-pandemic world will likely be driven by the ideals of our largest generation — millennials. More

Trends in Office and Industrial Parks

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Allowing employees to continue to work remotely and possible moves to the less densely populated suburbs are among the factors that will affect corporate real estate in 2021. More

Stick the Landing: How to Help Optimize Workplace Reentry

Darin Buelow, Principal and Global Location Strategy Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP (Q2 2020)

We’ve uncovered five key opportunities for corporate real estate leaders to make the most of innovative strategies and technologies that will alter the workplace as we knew it. More

Protecting Building Resiliency During COVID-19 Pandemic

David Bishop, Director, Service Operations, Johnson Controls (Q2 2020)

Whether your business’ facility has been completely shut down or minimally occupied, concerns about systems and security must be addressed to ensure a smooth reopening. More

COVID-19 Will Remake How We Work and Live

Susan Arledge, President, Site Selection and Analytics, ESRP Real Estate (Q2 2020)

The current pandemic will present a “new normal” that may include a continuation of allowing employees to work from home and the creation of new behaviors for those that come into the office. 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

HQ: Two Letters That Economic Developers Covet

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

Cost-cutting, market and labor access, and proximity to others in an industry group are among the factors driving headquarters relocation decisions. More

Greater Memphis Plans to Build Upon Its Success

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

Known for its logistics, Memphis is also a growing center for healthcare and technology. More

Siemens’ New Way of Working Brings IT, HR & CRE Together

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate , Siemens Energy and Siemens USA (Q4 2019)

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate, Siemens Gas & Power and Siemens USA, spoke with Area Development about how workplace strategy influences corporate real estate strategy, after his presentation, “Creating Spaces that Attract and Retain Talent: Good for Communities, Good for Corporations,” at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

Tennessee Keeps Attracting Headquarters Operations

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

With 18 Fortune 1000 company headquarters located in Tennessee, the number of headquarters jobs is surging. More

The 3 Cs of Successful Site Selection: Company, Culture, and Community

Dan Foster, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank  and Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q2 2019)

Dan Foster, Executive Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank and Chris Volney, Senior Director, CBRE Labor Analytics, spoke with Area Development about the less tangible site selection factors, such as local culture and quality of place, at our Miami Consultants Forum. More

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

What’s Prompting HQ Relocations?

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2018)

Companies are relocating their headquarters for myriad reasons, including to lower costs, access skilled talent, improve accessibility, and burnish their corporate image. More

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. More

The Search Is On, But Should We Tell?

Monty Turner, Senior Vice President, Location Strategy, Colliers Site Selection (Q4 2018)

When site selecting, there are pros and cons to maintaining confidentiality as well as to making the search public; it all depends upon your company’s current situation. More

Integrating Technology Into the Corporate Headquarters Facility

Jim Nannini, Vice President, Building Wide Systems Integration, Johnson Controls (Q3 2018)

Businesses that utilize technology to ensure their corporate headquarters are ready for the future will realize productivity, economic, and other gains. More

You’ve Found the Perfect Site — Now What?

Brent Maugel, Founder and President, Maugel Architects (Q3 2018)

A site’s existing conditions, zoning regulations, and surroundings are just some of the elements that must be considered in order to turn the site into the ideal location for your project. More

In Focus: The Pitfalls of Being in the Running for Amazon HQ2

Tim Cook, CEO, KSM Location Advisors and Katie Culp, President, KSM Location Advisors (Q3 2018)

Only one city can win the project, leaving the losers to explain why they were so heavily invested in trying to land the HQ2, which may ultimately come with its own set of challenges. More

Rethinking How to Incorporate Technology into Office and Building Design

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2018)

Technology infrastructure needs to be incorporated into facility plans before design work is done in order to avoid busting the budget. More

STEM Grads: At the Core of the Tech Location Decision

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q1 2018)

The search for tech talent is leading companies to look at some traditional as well as surprising locations and also putting workspace buildout in a new perspective. More

Are Technology Advances Affecting the Headquarters Location Decision?

Tom Gresham (Q1 2018)

Companies are re-evaluating locations and layouts of HQs and regional hubs as workplaces evolve. More

Front Line: Amazon’s HQ2 Finalists Reflect a Growing Shift in Geographical Clout

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

The 20 finalist locations for Amazon’s second headquarters location include several smaller cities that are not typically thought of as technology centers. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - A Place to Grow Headquarters Operations

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

A pro-business environment is helping Tennessee to attract headquarters operations and grow its business and professional services sector, while its quality of life draws workers to the state. More

Front Line: The Competition for Amazon’s HQ2

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Like contestants at a beauty pageant, cities across the U.S. and Canada are eagerly awaiting the announcement: where will Amazon decide to build its new $5 billion second headquarters, which will create 50,000 jobs? More

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