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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

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

Utilizing Data Analytics to Reduce Risk and Costs, Increase Opportunities

Thane J. Hutcheson, Director, Baker Tilly, LLP and Chris Urchell, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly  (Q3 2022)

An efficient site selection process can make the difference between a fundable and a failed project. More

Trends in Data Center Site Selection

Pat Lynch, Executive Managing Director, Data Center Solutions Group (DCSG), CBRE and Josh Ruttner, Senior Research Analyst, Data Center Solutions, CBRE (Q2 2022)

A lack of space and developable land as well as power constraints will continue to drive data center site selection, with sustainability considerations and emerging technologies becoming increasingly important factors. More

The Evolution of the Megasite

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Corey Kingsland, Civil Engineering Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2022)

As the need for next-generation megasites continues to grow, economic development professionals are helping end-users reimagine the site selection and site preparedness process. 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

The Labor Challenges of Site Selection

Greg Chmura, Chief Quality Office, Chmura Economics (Q1 2022)

A careful evaluation of a site’s labor force is needed to guard against unwelcome surprises. More

Talent-Based Location Strategies

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Workforce Q4 2021)

Today’s highly competitive market for technical talent is leading many companies to consider entering lesser-known geographies where they can find more accessible pools of high-quality and cost-effective talent in a lower-risk hiring environment. More

Shaping Compliance for Your New Biomanufacturing Facility

Roger Humphrey, Division President, Life Sciences, JLL (Q4 2021)

If you have a new biomanufacturing site in the works, you can open doors to a productive, compliance-forward facility with these strategies. More

Communicating Your Project’s Value to Local Stakeholders

Chris Chmura, Ph.D., Ph.D., CEO & Founder, Bryan Shelly, Ph.D., Managing Director of Consulting, Xiaobing Shuai, Ph.D., Director of Research and Senior Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics (Q4 2021)

Through the use of economic impact studies, a company can demonstrate the value of its project to government officials and local residents. More

Solutions for Decisively Navigating the Location Decision

Cole Williams, Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) (Q4 2021)

Effective site selection involves factoring the stakeholder criteria matrix, site conditions, and ever-changing market forces into the final decision. More

In Focus: The Challenge of Finding Improved Land

Lee Loftis, National Director, Land Acquisitions, Mohr Capital (Q4 2021)

Because improved land is hard to come by, more investors and developers are evaluating true greenfield opportunities in far outer rings of major markets. More

A Turnkey Approach to Manufacturing Location Decisions

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2021)

Taking a project from site selection through process design and construction to commissioning with a turnkey approach will help a manufacturer ensure its long-term operational success. More

A Renewed Focus on Workforce Diversity

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q2 2021)

Recent social unrest has brought to the forefront the importance of focusing on diversity and inclusion issues as companies make their location decisions. More

Siting Next-Generation Data Centers

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Robert Bonar, Mission-Critical & Data Center Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2021)

Although the attributes for data center development continue to evolve, environmental and zoning issues; transportation, telecom, and power needs; and available labor are still important considerations. More

Editor's Note: The Pandemic as a Catalyst for Change

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

The results of our 35th annual Corporate Survey and 17th annual Consultants Survey reflect changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a temporary and/or permanent transition to remote work and an increase in the importance of quality of life. 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

What Should a CFO Know About Investment Opportunities in Latin America

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa (Q4 2020)

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa, spoke with Area Development about the state of cross border investment between the United States, Mexico and Latin America after their presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Developing and Executing a Site Selection Game Plan

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q4 2020)

After an internal assessment of the company, the location team should focus on key success variables, appropriately weighted, and consult with needed subject matter experts. More

Why are Foreign Trade Zones Making a Comeback?

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Q3 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

How Technology Is Making Data Collection for Incentives Programs Applications Easier

Kenan Gay, Manager, Multistate Tax Services, Deloitte Tax LLP (Q3 2020)

Kenan Gay, Manager, Multistate Tax Services, Deloitte Tax LLP, spoke with Area Development about technology solutions for evaluating incentives programs in site selections after his presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Data-Driven Operational Strategies in the Pandemic Era

Calandra Cruickshank , Founder and CEO , StateBook International® and Martha O'Mara,  PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC (Q3 2020)

As companies look to make decisions on ramping up operations post–COVID-19, they can look to data that provide insight on specific locations’ pandemic-related risks. More

How are Uncertain Times Altering Company Location Strategies?

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q3 2020)

The pandemic’s effect on workforce, supply chain, and government support will affect your company’s location decisions, increasing risks while also presenting new opportunities. More

Site Selection 2020: The Importance of “Regional Depth” with Global Reach

Doug Rasmussen, President & CEO, Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners (Q3 2020)

A location that can accommodate both a company’s logistics and talent supply chains will enhance its prospects for long-term viability and growth. More

The Impacts of Data and Future Technologies on Data Center Site Selection

Pat Lynch, Executive Managing Director, Data Center Solutions Group (DCSG), CBRE (Q2 2020)

Pat Lynch, Senior Managing Director, Data Center Solutions, CBRE, spoke with Area Development about the data center market and site selection process at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Finding and Valuing Top Talent

Martha O'Mara,  PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC (Q2 2020)

Martha O’Mara PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC, spoke with Area Development about how companies can diversify out of high-cost locations while still accessing talented labor pools after her presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. 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

“Future-Proofing” Corporate Location Decisions in Uncertain Times

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q2 2020)

Despite today’s unprecedented labor market uncertainty, predictive people analytics can still be used to understand exposure to the economic ramifications of the current crisis. More

Assembling the Right Site Selection Team

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2020)

Populating your site selection team with the experts critical to your particular project will lead to a successful location decision. More

How Pandemic Will Affect Corporate Location

Les Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Savills  (Q2 2020)

The COVID 19 crisis will bring about changes in location strategies and how the process is conducted, as well as in which projects will go forward. More

A Disciplined Road Map for Industrial Site Selection

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2020)

By gaining real data in the pre-capital planning stage, a business can achieve a solid basis for making critical operational and locational decisions. More

How Is the Pandemic Affecting Location Decisions in the Food & Beverage Industry?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2020)

Unpredictable supply chain, labor shortages, and changes in consumer preferences are just some of the trends brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. More

What Makes a Megaproject?

Isabel Cyr, Director of Consulting Services, The CAI Global Group and Fatima Halimi, Consultant, CAI Global Group (Q2 2020)

Isabel Cyr, Director, CAI Global; and Fatima Halimi, Consultant, CAI Global discuss with Area Development the landscape of megaprojects and the trends and lessons learned from the biggest site selection projects in the U.S. 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

Mid-size Markets Competing for Business and Winning

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q1 2020)

Workforce availability with the necessary skills and local partnerships are two trends driving investment to mid-size markets. More

In Focus: A Holistic Balance Sheet: The Key to Successful Real Estate

Tray Anderson, Industrial & Logistics Leader, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2020)

As the industrial landscape shifts, occupiers need to seek out opportune markets as well as evaluate the impact of labor costs in order to be successful. More

Milestones and Incentives in the Site Selection Process

Julie Miller, Vice President, Location Economics, JLL (Q1 2020)

Area Development sat with Julie Miller, Vice President, Location Economics, JLL at our Charlotte Consultants Forum for a discussion on the incentive process and, how companies can work with economic development organizations to navigate projects, RFPs and offer letters in the right direction. 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

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