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COVID-19 Response

In Focus: Increased Data Center Growth Driven by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Rechtin, Partner, Data Center Services , Seyfarth (Q3 2020)

With technology infiltrating almost all aspects of our lives, more and more data needs to be processed and stored. 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

New Strategies for Learning and Development in an Increasingly Virtual World

Bernice Boucher, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, JLL (Q3 2020)

For companies that want to stay ahead of the pack, now is the time to rethink how they train and empower their employees. 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

A Heightened Focus on Reshoring

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern (Q3 2020)

As costs and risks of lengthy supply chains become even more apparent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more U.S. companies may consider reshoring their operations to the Americas. More

What Does the Future Hold for FDI from Europe?

Alexandra Segers, Dipl.-Ing., PE, MS,  (Q3 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic has affected foreign direct investment from Europe, but some positive signs are seen going forward. More

In Focus: Is Your Workplace Ready for the “Next Normal?”

Bernice Boucher, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, JLL (Q3 2020)

Safety concerns must be balanced with the benefits of a vibrant workplace culture. 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

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

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

COVID-19 and Site Selection in the Near and Long Term

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Q2 2020)

The global pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation of the workforce, a shift to just-in-case inventory management, redirecting of incentives, and other changes in business priorities. More

First Person: Handling Plant Shutdowns and Re-Openings During the Pandemic

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (Q2 2020)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Area Development asked SSOE Group’s Michael Vetter about what companies are doing to keep their operations up and running and their employees safe. 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

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

In Focus: FDI Will Signal Better Days

Kenny McDonald, President & Chief Economic Officer, One Columbus (Q2 2020)

The value and impact of FDI will remain an important part of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. More

Accelerated Trends Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Workforce Marketplace

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q2 2020)

Businesses and communities will find that the solution to their post-COVID workforce problems is the same: skills. More

In Focus: When — and How — to Ramp Up the Workforce

Kent Cornell, Managing Director, UHY Advisors (Q2 2020)

Although the COVID crisis has forced companies to lay off or furlough employees, they need to consider talent acquisition strategies now. 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

Preparations for the “New Normal”

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)

A highly robust telecom infrastructure combined with an educational system that can remotely deliver high-quality instruction and training are among the longer list of corporate “must-haves” in the post-COVID 19 era. 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

Tennessee Industry Steps Up to Fight Covid-19

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (Q2 2020)

Tennessee’s businesses, researchers, and others have developed solutions and repurposed operations in response to the pandemic, and their efforts will serve as the foundation to the state’s rebound. More

Risk Management, Enhanced Communication Needed in Post-Pandemic Environment

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa (Q2 2020)

Companies must proactively incorporate redundancy, safety, and communication into their operations. 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

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

The Pandemic Highlights the Irony of Desires

Minah Hall, Managing Director, Compass Key Site Solutions (Q2 2020)

What I learned during the Covid-19 pandemic: Be careful what you wish for! 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

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

The Nature of Incentives Compliance in the Age of the Coronavirus

Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director , Ginovus and Susan Jarvis, Senior Client Advisor, Ginovus (Q2 2020)

Although compliance may not be top of mind for business during the pandemic, renegotiation may be possible, and incentives could be more important now than ever before. 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

Ensuring Business Continuity While Focusing on Accelerating Automation

Catalina Valencia, Principal, Terrafinder Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)

In the face of current risks, business will focus on supply chain resiliency, accelerating automation, and increased investments in telecommunications and renewable energy. More

Resiliency of Supply Chains & Post-Pandemic Opportunities for FDI

Mark Simmons, Principal, Parker Poe Consulting and Morgan Crapps, Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)

The current pandemic crisis has brought supply chain risks to the forefront; consequently, foreign companies may want to localize production to the U.S. if they wish to serve the American market. More

Workforce Reductions, Incentives Compliance, and Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Azad Khan, Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)

Companies that have reduced their workforces as a result of the COVID 19 crisis may need help getting back up to speed when things return to “normal.” More

Potential Shifts in the Workforce Due to COVID-19

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q2 2020)

Temporary shifts to remote working may become permanent and more reshoring of critical manufacturing jobs may also be in the offing as companies look to become more resilient to crises. More

A “Now, Next, Later” Approach for Dealing with Pandemic Challenges

Kate Crowley, Principal,  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Jeff Jorge, Principal, International Growth Services Practice Leader , Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is driving companies to focus on near-term survival and long-term supply chain changes. More

Pandemic Will Elicit Varied Responses from State and Local Governments

Jacob Everett , Credit & Incentives Team, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2020)

The public and private sectors must work together to continue to move business and community forward. 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

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

Corporate Site Location in the COVID 19 Hurricane

David J. Robinson, Principal, The Montrose Group, LLC (Q1 2020)

Although expansion will take a back seat to dealing with COVID 19 for several months, companies that focus on key business and corporate site location matters will not just survive but also thrive. More

In Focus: Mitigating Risk with Aggressive Support in Economic Development

Stephanie Few, Womble Bond Dickinson (Q1 2020)

Having an economic development program in place, ready to go, will help a community get back on its feet once the devastating threat of COVID-19 is behind us. More

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