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Q2 2021
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Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Where's the Talent: Jobs Outlook in the Fastest Growing U.S. Cities

Michael Reid, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics (Q2 2021)
Unlike in past expansions, growth may spread across more cities as more people have the freedom to work remotely from their preferred locations. More
Features
Workplace Trends >>

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
Construction / Project Planning >>

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
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

Latest Trends in the Industrial Real Estate Sector Here to Stay

John Dettleff, Senior Managing Director, Brokerage, JLL (Q2 2021)
The industrial real estate sector is experiencing a complete transformation brought about by changes in the retail sector, warehouse design, and supply chains. More
Workplace Trends >>

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
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

FDI Creates Symbiotic Relationship With U.S. Suppliers

Jonathan Samford, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Global Business Alliance (Q2 2021)
Area Development’s editor recently asked Jonathan Samford, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Global Business Alliance, about the importance of FDI to the U.S. economy and why U.S. workers — as well as U.S. supplier companies — benefit from this investment. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Shoring Up Operations for Growth

Jeff Jorge, Principal; International Growth Services Practice Leader , Baker Tilly, LLP (Q2 2021)
Both domestic and foreign companies with operations abroad are realigning their supply chains and moving operations closer to the U.S. in order to strategically position themselves for growth. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Mitigate the Risks of Supply Chain Disruption

Scott McCandless , U.S. Trade Policy Leader , PwC (Q2 2021)
There are four steps businesses can take now to prepare proactively for policy changes. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Life Sciences Fueling Construction Demand

Gul Dusi, Linesight (Q2 2021)
In the wake of the pandemic, life sciences companies are rapidly expanding, spurring a demand for new facilities to house their operations. More
Special Report
Annual Econdev Awards >>

2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize State and Local Economic Development Efforts

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)
Although 2020’s global pandemic resulted in some projects being stalled or canceled, the annual Shovel Awards recognize many other new and expanded facilities plans that are on track and expected to created thousands of jobs and billions in investment. More
Departments
Workplace Trends >>

Editor's Note: Navigating the New and Improved Economic Landscape

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2021)
Businesses need to navigate many changes in the economic landscape post-pandemic, including growth in remote work, an increased focus on workforce diversity, as well as realignment of their supply chains. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

In Focus: The Effects of the Pandemic on Industrial Design

Richard Clarke, IV, Partner, AO (Q2 2021)
Industrial/logistics design will see a growth spike despite and because of the pandemic. More
Workplace Trends >>

First Person: Engaging the Workforce with Empathetic Leadership

Dan Kerber, Vice President, Business Operations, Digital Services, North America, Ericsson  (Q2 2021)
Area Development’s staff editor Mark Crawford recently asked Ericsson’s Dan Kerber, vice president of digital services business operations for North America — who helps companies improve their financial and operational metrics through improved resource management processes — about his thoughts on leadership, especially the need for “soft skills” during the COVID-19 pandemic. More
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

Front Line: U.S. Semiconductor Industry Faces Crises, Opportunities

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)
Incentives to encourage U.S. chip manufacturing would help to alleviate the current global semiconductor shortage brought about by the pandemic. More
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Asset / Facility Management >>

A New Approach to Energy Savings for Your Next Manufacturing Plant

Kris Hopkins, Vice President, Business Development , Greylock Midstream (Q2 2021)
“There’s a pipeline five miles away, so access to natural gas won’t be a problem… right?” More
Contributed Content >>

Speed to Market Is Key in Landing High-Impact Projects as Economic Recovery Ramps Up

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q2 2021)
Locational advantages, a business-friendly environment, and Build-Ready sites position Kentucky for continued growth. More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

Immigration Tips for International Business Travelers During the Pandemic

Stephanie Few, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (Q2 2021)
As international business travelers resume their travel to the U.S. for site visits and face-to-face meetings, there are specific guidelines to keep in mind to facilitate the entry process. More
Contributed Content >>

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
Data Centers >>

Siting Next-Generation Data Centers

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic 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

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