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Gen Z: Shaping Location and Expansion Decisions

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors and Reteisha Byrd, Research Manager , Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q3 2019)

Companies using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other technology are seeking out Gen Zers to fulfill their workforce needs — in places this most tech-savvy cohort of the labor force wants to be. More

Regional Report: Energy and Infrastructure Lead the Way in Louisiana

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

Through its infrastructure upgrades and workforce development initiatives, Louisiana is drawing investment from both traditional and advanced technology companies. More

Front Line: Manufacturers Look to Nontraditional Locations

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

As the labor supply tightens, nontraditional manufacturing hubs are upping their game by investing in workforce training programs. More

Regional Report: Georgia - An International Business Destination

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

Foreign direct investment and global trade have had a huge impact on economic development in the state of Georgia. More

Regional Report: Arkansas Making Strides in Manufacturing and Technology

Tom Gresham (Q3 2019)

Although its GDP growth has been sluggish, Arkansas boasts a low cost of doing business and of living. More

What Makes a Successful Innovation District?

Stephen Coulston, Principal, Perkins+Will (Q2 2019)

Prosperous innovation districts have diversified economies and are integrated into the fabric of a community, drawing workers who seek out such environments and the companies that are trying to attract them. More

Front Line: Ensuring a “Pipeline” of Qualified Workers

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

Pipeline AZ was developed to match job-seekers with industry openings as well as academic institutions and local job training resources. More

Apprenticeships Are Key to Building a Workforce for the Future

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

Apprenticeships are powerful economic development tools, with long-term commitment and collaboration among key players including chambers of commerce, economic development groups, business and industry leaders, public schools and community colleges. More

First Person: Building a Long-Term Manufacturing Workforce

Amanda Hutchings, President, Peak Manufacturing (Q2 2019)

Area Development’s staff writer, Mark Crawford, recently spoke to Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing in Pleasant Lake, Mich., about addressing the looming shortage of workers in manufacturing by hiring women, who are underrepresented in this field, and educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing. More

Who is Generation Z, the next workforce pool?

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q1 2019)

Brian Corde, a managing partner at Atlas Insight, spoke with Area Development about Generation Z, and its impact on the workforce, following his “Not Another Millennial Presentation!” presentation at our Miami Consultants Forum. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee Builds on Its Business Retention and Attraction Efforts

Tom Gresham (Q1 2019)

A commitment to manufacturing, its logistical advantages, and a workforce development push are at the core of Tennessee’s economic strength. More

Miami’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Attracts Multicultural Talent and Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)

As a global business hub with a diverse and talented workforce, Miami-Dade County continues to draw innovative companies, further enhancing a robust business climate. More

Taking a Wider View of the Location Process

Carol Henderson, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Carol Henderson, Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, spoke with Area Development about regional approaches to economic development following her presentation, “Regional vs Local Economic Development: What is the Best Strategy?” at our Women in Economic Development Forum. More

Evaluating a Workforce Pipeline During Times of Low Unemployment

Ann Petersen, Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2018)

Although the education levels of a state’s workforce should be a significant consideration for any project expansion or relocation, that data alone may not be sufficient to tell the whole story of the workforce for a particular market. 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

Is Your New Economy Workforce Hiding Where You Least Expect It?

Chris Schwinden, Vice President, Site Selection Group (Q4 2018)

Area Development recently interviewed Chris Schwinden, Vice President, Site Selection Group, about how companies can assess a location’s true workforce potential in this exceptionally tight labor market. More

Attracting and Retaining Top Talent in the New Normal

Mike Brown, Vice President, Talent Acquisition for the Americas Region, Siemens (Workforce Q4 2018)

Siemens has taken a new proactive approach to fulfilling its labor force needs with revamped recruiting, onboarding, retention, and training programs. More

The War for Talent — A Battle for Employee Attraction and Retention

Susan Arledge, President, Site Selection and Analytics, ESRP Real Estate (Workforce Q4 2018)

Employers need to anticipate the competition for employees, increase wages, recruit nationally, and utilize local site selection strategies to attract the desired talent. More

Innovative University Partnerships Advance the Fintech Landscape in Florida

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

As the “Fintech” industry’s need for employees with advanced IT and cybersecurity skills grows, locations that can provide such a workforce are becoming hotbeds for the industry. More

Orlando: A Prime Destination for a STEM Workforce

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

Although Orlando already has a labor pool possessing STEM skills, it continues to build that resource through a collaboration between its educational institutions, the tech community, and government. More

First Person: “New Collar” Workers Needed to Support Manufacturing

Sarah Boisvert, Founder, Fab Lab Hub (Q3 2018)

Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee’s Comprehensive Workforce Development Efforts

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

From offering free postsecondary education to partnering with employers on workforce training programs to identifying skills gaps, Tennessee is tackling the challenge of fulfilling industry’s short- and long-term labor force needs. More

Increasing the Ranks of Women in Manufacturing

Pamela Kan, President , Bishop-Wisecarver (Workforce Q2 2018)

Through education and mentorship, women will be encouraged to pursue careers in today’s increasingly technological and innovative manufacturing industries. More

A “Marshall Plan” to Develop and Attract Talent

Roger Curtis, Director, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development  (Workforce Q2 2018)

When businesses are considering where to set up shop or expand existing operations, one of the driving influences behind their decision is access to talent. More

Thinking Outside the Box to Fulfill Workforce Needs

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q2 2018)

Some businesses are looking to nontraditional labor pools — including ex-offenders, recovering addicts, and those with disabilities — as potential employees. More

Location Notebook: Mississippi — Where Key Stakeholders Cooperate for Business Success

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

Mississippi’s Shovel Award accomplishments reflect a commitment by businesses, their workforces, and the economic development community to work together. More

The Art and Science of Assessing the Labor Market

Doug Rasmussen, Director, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory, Duff & Phelps (Q2 2018)

Only through a combination of data analysis (the science) and labor interviews (the art) can a company be sure of choosing a location where its workforce needs are satisfied now and in the future. More

The U.S. and Italy: Natural Complementary Partners

Italian Trade Agency (Q2 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s innovative conferences help to illuminate the rich potential for new U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing partnerships. More

University Innovation Parks Link the Academic and “Real World”

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Research and innovation parks continue to evolve to meet the needs of students, faculty, and private-sector tenants alike. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky's Favorable Business Climate Brings Record Corporate Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Through pro-business initiatives — including cutting red tape, passing RTW legislation, and customizing workforce training — Kentucky captured record investment in 2017 and sees more success ahead. 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

Iowa Sets Ambitious Workforce Education Goals

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q1 2018)

In order to satisfy workforce needs, Iowa is fostering K–12 STEM education and aiming to increase postsecondary education and training via free community college and other measures. More

First Person: Apprenticeship Programs Are a Win-Win for Industries and Workers

Kim Nichols, CEO, Franklin Apprenticeships (Q1 2018)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Kim Nichols, the CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships, about how modernized apprenticeships can change the perception of the manufacturing industry while helping to satisfy its workforce needs, as well as the needs of other advanced industries. More

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2017 Food Processing)

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight. More

Knowledge-Industry Firm Grows in a Small, Iowa Manufacturing City

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q4 2017)

A former mill town on the Mississippi River is home to an insurer that continues to expand and is working on attracting data-driven industry with its pool of college-educated workers. More

How Millennial Workforce Trends Are Affecting Business

Jennifer Carroll, Manager, Credits and Incentives, True Partners Consulting LLC (Q4 2017)

Companies looking to hire millennials need to take into account their lifestyle and workplace preferences, while figuring out how to train them and integrate them into a multigenerational workforce. More

Educational Attainment Can Impact Location Decisions

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Companies looking for workers with advanced skill sets can look to states with college educated workforces, but oftentimes workers with postsecondary vocational and technical training can help to fulfill companies’ needs. 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

A Skills-Based Jobs Approach to Fulfilling Workforce Needs

Tom Gresham (Workforce Q4 2017)

Businesses are collaborating with academic and other partners to advocate for modern manufacturing jobs. More

Putting Military Veterans’ Skills to Work

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q4 2017)

Programs to hire military veterans, who have acquired problem-solving and leadership skills during their service, as well as programs to hire their spouses, are expanding. More

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