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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Mitigating Site Risks for Industrial Projects

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor and Jyot Parmar, General Manager, Southeast, Graycor (Q3 2024)

New technologies and improved planning identify and address site issues, saving millions in potential delays and mitigation costs. More

What the Latest Tech Hubs Funding Means for Site Selection Executives

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2024)

Manufacturing executives must consider the diverse locations, supply chain resilience, workforce development, and governance structures of the Tech Hubs. Aligning new facility plans with these hubs can enhance competitiveness, reduce operational risks, and contribute to long-term growth. More

Welcome to The Great Electron Race

Bradley Migdal, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2024)

The great electron race is underway, and those who innovate and adapt will shape the future of our continually evolving digital society. More

In Focus: Will Serve Letters and Right-of-Way Acquisitions in Site Selection

David MacNamara, Director, Site Selection and Product Development , KPMG (Q2 2024)

Exploring the nuances of utility commitments and legal access. More

Buyer Beware: Navigating the Murky Waters of Site Selection

Barry I. Matherly, President and CEO, Hickey Global (Q2 2024)

Executives must meticulously evaluate site selectors, seeking those with a proven track record, deep industry insights, and a strategic approach to partnership. More

Resiliency: The Case for Fortifying Business against Climate Change

Jose Beceiro, Director, Site Selection and Incentives Advisory, Kroll (Q2 2024)

The new frontier in site selection for companies has everything to do with keeping things running during increasingly wild storms and weather patterns. More

Why You Need to Know the Three GEOs of FDI

Alexandra Segers, General Manager, Tochi Advisors and Michael Johnson, Shareholder, Baker Donelson (Q2 2024)

Exploring the forces affecting Foreign Direct Investment into the United States and how it is affecting current site selection processes. More

The Risks and Realities of Megasite Mania: Navigating the Mid-Tier Client Landscape

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2024)

The recent focus on projects requiring megasites may cause communities to lose sight of developing smaller-scale sites that could bring mid-tier companies to their communities, fostering job creation and diversified economic growth. More

How to Master the Maze of Federal Funding in Manufacturing Site Selection

Shannon O'Hare, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Advisory, Total Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2024)

What should you consider while working through the complexities of federal incentives and timelines to optimize your facility planning and execution? More

38th Annual Corporate Survey: Are Unrealized Predictions of an Economic Slump Leading Small to Mid-Size Companies to Put Off Expansion Plans?

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2024)

Small and mid-size firms — which account for most of our Corporate Survey respondents — are holding their plans for new and expanded facilities in check despite economic news being better than what had been predicted. More

20th Annual Consultants Survey: Clients Prioritize Access to Skilled Labor, Responsive State & Local Government

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2024)

The responding consultants say economic pressures are creating the biggest potential impact for their clients’ location and expansion plans, with finding available skilled labor being the most important concern. More

Editor’s Note: Electric Power Demands Key to Location Decisions

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2024)

The consumption of electricity is only predicted to increase as the digital transformation of industry continues and, consequently, access to electricity has become a dominant site selection factor. More

Consultants Survey Reflects Shift in Ranking of Site Selection Factors

Kathy Mussio, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight, LLC (Q1 2024)

A responsive state and local government, incentives offerings, and site readiness now outweigh costs in the location decision. More

Skilled Labor, Ample Energy, and Speed to Market Take Priority

Gregg Healy, Executive Vice President & Head of Industrial Services – North America, Savills (Q1 2024)

A location’s labor availability; responsive, pro-business local partners; and ability to support a large energy user are often the main drivers of the site selection decision. More

Manufacturing Projects Dominate the Deal Flow

Brett Bayduss, Senior Partner, Site Selection Group (Q1 2024)

The volume of manufacturing projects across the nation is rising, while office activity has been slow to recover from the pandemic. More

Site Selection Evolves

Isabel Cyr, Government Relations & Public Affairs Director, Lithion Technologies Inc. (Q1 2024)

Corporate respondents prioritize workforce talent, environmental factors, and permitting/regulatory ease in their location and expansion decisions. More

A Message to CREs: What’s Old Is New Again

Katie Culp, CEO, KSM Location Advisors (Q4 2023)

It seems that face-to-face meetings with community leaders and anecdotal research about a prospective location are back in style again as companies make location decisions. More

2023's Leading Metro Locations: Hotspots of Economic Growth

Area Development Research Desk and Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2023)

The leading metro areas are those poised for long-term growth and are often hubs of high-tech industry, where workers may benefit from an affordable cost of living. More

2023's Leading Metro Locations Methodology

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 2023)


Commentary: The 2023 Top Metros Show a Stark Shift in Regional Preferences

Chris Chmura, Ph.D. , CEO & Founder, Chmura Economics & Analytics (Q4 2023)

As employees continue to work remotely post-pandemic, small regions with lower living costs moved up in the rankings. More

Commentary: Metros With Solid Prime Workforces Garner Significant Investment

Chris Volney, Managing Director, Americas Consulting, CBRE (Q4 2023)

Small and medium-sized metros with a pipeline of educated workers at a competitive cost are attracting companies looking for long-term growth. More

Commentary: Top Metros Provide Educated Workforces and High Quality of Place

Matt Niehoff, Senior Consulting Analyst, Location & Labor Analytics, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2023)

This scorecard clearly shows that the landscape of workforce trends across the United States is intricate, diverse, and highly localized. More

Three Key Location Factors for F&B Industrial Users to Consider

Bob West, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Industrial, Ryan Companies (Q4 2023)

Workforce skills and availability, the need for speed to market, and the condition of existing infrastructure are all key factors in food and beverage companies’ location decisions. More

2023 Top States for Doing Business Meet the Needs of Site Selectors

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2023)

The states considered the best locations for doing business according to an expert panel of location consultants are the highest performers in more than a dozen categories upon which companies make their site selection decisions. More

The Rise of Mid-Size U.S. Cities: The Industrial Development Boom

Emelie Hegarty, Business Strategy Manager, Quest Site Solutions (Q3 2023)

As company needs have evolved, many are gravitating to smaller urban areas that often provide them with a lower tax burden, affordable real estate, and development-ready sites. More

Richmond’s Investment Includes Innovation at Every Angle

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2023)

Greater Richmond, Virginia, has a long history of manufacturing success. More

Power-Intensive Site Selection

Courtland Robinson, Director of Business Development , Brasfield & Gorrie and John Geib, Director, Enterprise Economic Development, Technical Services, Duke Energy (Q3 2023)

Manufacturers should prioritize accuracy in their load schedule, as there’s a downside to both underestimating and overestimating load requirements. More

Data Center Sites: What’s Your Connection?

Tom Croteau, Senior Managing Director, Maxis Advisors (Q2 2023)

Those seeking a location for a data center need to consider fiber connectivity, access to power, cooling capabilities, risk mitigation, and security, among key requirements. More

Front Line: Water Supply Increasingly Affecting Location Decisions

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2023)

Over the last few years, there has been a heightened focus on abundant access to water for companies seeking new locations. More

Companies Are Recalibrating Their Priorities

Eric Stavriotis, Vice Chairman, CBRE (Q1 2023)

In recent years many companies have been propelled to recalibrate priorities for their location strategies and resulting real estate footprints. The top site selection factors for occupiers today include the following: More

19th Annual Consultants Survey: Clients Challenged by Tight Labor Market, Energy Availability

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2023)

Consultants responding to our survey say economic conditions are affecting their clients’ expansion/investment plans, with labor and energy availability and costs of prime concern. More

Federal Legislation Affects Companies’ Investment Plans

Jacob Everett , Founder, Corsa Strategies (Q1 2023)

Companies looking to grow are facing an historically tight labor market and rising costs, but their plans to invest may be buoyed by recent government legislation. More

Corporate Decision-Makers Face a Challenging Environment

Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2023)

The rankings clearly reflect the impact of geopolitical and economic instability, as well as technology. More

Labor Related Factors Are Key

Bradley Migdal, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield and Matt Niehoff, Senior Consulting Analyst, Location & Labor Analytics, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2023)

Companies are searching for the right balance of labor — at all skill levels — that can satisfy their needs not only now but also into the future. More

Energy Costs Come to the Forefront

Lauren Berry, Senior Manager, Location Analysis and Incentives, Maxis Advisors (Q1 2023)

The shift away from carbon-emitting fuels and the unexpected spikes in natural gas pricing in 2022 have made industrial customers increasingly sensitive to energy costs in their location decisions. More

37th Annual Corporate Survey: Economic Pressures Exerting Greatest Effect on Decision-Makers

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2023)

Companies looking to grow are facing an historically tight labor market and rising costs, but their plans to invest may be buoyed by recent government legislation. More

The Decentralization of U.S. Fintech Hubs

Bobby Magnano, President, Financial Services, JLL and Scott Redabaugh, Managing Director, Consulting, JLL (Q1 2023)

As the fintech sector continues to evolve, it’s primed to serve as a major economic catalyst in already established core, secondary, and emerging markets as well as new locations that offer the fundamentals for its growth. More

Location Factors for a Large Natural Gas User

Kris Hopkins, Vice President, Business Development , Greylock Midstream (Q1 2023)

By following the four strategies outlined below, the location team for a natural gas user can uncover more potential sites, reduce costs, and enhance competitiveness. More

To Cluster or Not to Cluster…That is the Question!

Rich Thompson, International Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q3 2022)

Although clusters are here to stay in some sectors — think life sciences — other industries — among them EVs and semiconductors — are geographically branching out. More

Major Projects Embrace Wide Open Rural Spaces

John W. McCurry (Q3 2022)

Available land, lower costs, and the desire to co-locate with suppliers and customers draw companies to rural locations, but satisfying infrastructure needs and access to talent shouldn’t be overlooked. More

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