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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

The Search Is On, But Should We Tell?

Monty Turner, Senior Consultant, Global Location Strategies (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

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

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

It’s Your Move: Critical Considerations When Relocating Corporate Headquarters

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Partner, Crowe Horwath (Q1 2017)

The improving economy is making it more financially feasible for companies to relocate their corporate headquarters, but such a move calls for careful consideration of a variety of factors that will determine the ultimate success — or failure — of relocation. More

Knockin’ on the Golden Door: Top Real Estate Trends to Beat the Competition

Sara Benson, Senior Consultant, Business Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2017)

Companies - and communities - that align their real estate and workforce strategies will enhance their competitive positions. More

Should “Urbanization” Drive the Location Decision?

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Directory 2017)

Companies have been following the millennial talent pipeline to the urban locales this population cohort prefers, but as this group ages their lifestyle preferences — and your company’s location choices — may change. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

The Reasons Corporate Headquarters are Heading Back Downtown

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

In order to lure tech-savvy millennials, many companies that years ago moved out to the suburbs are heading back to the urban downtowns that offer the lifestyle this generation of employees desires. And the trend isn't confined to just North America’s biggest cities. More

Healthy Workspaces Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

Janine Grossmann, Practice Leader, Interiors, Perkins+Will (Q3 2016)

While most employees would agree that their environment has an impact on their health — and evidence-based research supports this — how many have considered whether the workplace promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps them achieve their wellness goals? More

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

Current Trends in Employee Work Environments

Carol Ebeling, Director, Interior Design, BRPH (Directory 2016)

Companies are redesigning their facilities to reflect how each generation of employees works, with the result being greater collaboration and improved productivity. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

Location Notebook: Union County, SC, Moves Forward

Area Development Research Desk on behalf of the Union County Development Board (Q3 2015)

Union County, South Carolina, has pieced together a diverse economy from its historical textile roots. More

Downtowns Drawing Millennial Workers — and the Companies That Need to Attract Them

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2015)

Companies are choosing walkable downtown locations to help them better compete for talent and resources while supporting triple-bottom line business outcomes. More

Headquarters Decisions: Real Estate Executives Make Their Mark

Brian Cohen, Partner, Transwestern (Q2 2015)

Headquarters location decisions present companies an opportunity to realign the corporate “home base” with current strategic and operational objectives. They also can be a catalyst for management to facilitate change and move an organization forward based on their vision for the future. More

Empowering Tenants in the Quest for Optimal Space

Mark G. Tornillo, President and CEO, Martek Global Services, Inc. (Q1 2015)

A tenant-based build-to-suit development provides complete transparency between the developer and tenant, enabling them to align their goals. More

In Focus: Adaptive Reuse Gaining Traction in the Office Market

John Portman, IV, Chief Operating Officer, Portman Holdings (Q1 2015)

As companies compete to attract the best talent possible, locating in a redeveloped building — with its character, charm, and amenities — is becoming a key part of recruitment and retention strategies. More

Facilities Management on the Frontier of Service and Technology

Maureen Ehrenberg, Executive Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), JLL (Directory 2015)

Technology has had a major influence on facilities in recent years — affecting everything from where a company needs to locate, to building infrastructure, to space requirements. It has also changed the job description for facility managers, professionals increasingly in short supply. More

Urban vs. Suburban: Which Location Will Allow Your Company to Grow?

Julia Georgules, Vice President, Associate Director of Office Research, JLL (Q4 2014)

The key to urban vs. suburban or balancing millennial interests and boomer practicality is deciding which location and workplace strategy will accommodate growth. More

Behind The Walls of Recent Corporate HQ Transformations

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 2014)

Costs issues alone rarely drive a headquarters location decision; they are generally characterized by strategic objectives and a focus on improving performance. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Available Buildings - Can’t Get Much Tighter

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

Now that we are in a clear growth mode, companies seeking industrial, distribution, R&D facilities, and office space increasingly are pressed to find existing buildings that will accommodate their needs. More

In Focus: Measure By Measure, Green and Productivity Goals Become Aligned

Bob Best, Executive Vice President - Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q4 2014)

Does going green mean your workforce becomes more productive? Sometimes — but not all green workplaces are created equal. Unearthing the hard evidence that a company’s sustainability programs are — or are not — enhancing productivity requires meaningful metrics that quantify both sustainability tactics and productivity impacts. More

In Focus: Four Tips for Renewing Your Office Lease

Stephen F. Graw, Sperry Van Ness/Nashville  (Q3 2014)

Following these steps will help to ensure you get the best deal on your office renewal lease and offer peace of mind that you have done the research, understand your options, and selected the deal that’s best for your company. More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. and Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q2 2014)

In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

People and Culture: Key Drivers for Corporate Headquarters Relocation

Matthew Cryer, Director, Turner & Townsend  (Q4 / Fall 2013)

An organization’s employees and its corporate culture are paramount in any corporate relocation, with rapid changes in technology impacting the desired outcome. More

In Focus: Reshaping the Landscape of Commercial Facilities

Kelli Delozier, VP of Real Estate Management, IDI (Q2 / Spring 2013)

You might think landscaping an industrial property is fairly simple — a few shrubs here, a tree or two there. In reality, professional landscaping for Class A buildings is an art and science that requires careful planning, correct installation, and strict maintenance. More

The Power of 3D: Using BIM for Facility Management

Jim Marchese, Associate, Stantec and Chuck Rudderow, Associate, Stantec (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Building owners and facility managers can reap the benefits of using building information modeling (BIM) long after construction is complete. More

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