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Logistics / Infrastructure

Cold Storage Is Hotter Than Ever

Steve Kozarits, Senior Vice President, Transwestern and Lori Zuck, Managing Director, Transwestern (Q4 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has illuminated challenges and opportunities for both investors and occupiers of cold storage space. 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

In Focus: An Evolving Last Mile

Steve Backman, Founder and Partner, BH DevCo and Tracy Hammer, Founder and Partner, BH DevCo (Q3 2020)

The landscape of industrial last-mile facilities and distribution centers is expanding and diversifying. More

Infrastructure Investment as an Economic Stimulus Tool

Tom Gresham (Q3 2020)

Investing in the nation’s infrastructure can provide an immediate economic boost and create jobs, but its greatest value lies in supporting economic competitiveness over the long term. More

First Person: Effects of the Global Pandemic on Company Supply Chains

Bryan Jensen, Executive Vice President & Chairman of the Board, St. Onge Company (Q3 2020)

In light of the global pandemic and subsequent rise in e-commerce, companies are re-examining their supply chains, inventories, and necessary warehouse/distribution space. 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

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

Kentucky Uniquely Positioned to Prosper Post-Pandemic

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q2 2020)

Kentucky's strength in manufacturing and logistical advantages are helping the state to not only recover from the pandemic crisis, but also further expand its economy. More

Supply Chain Growth in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America

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

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa, spoke with Area Development about opportunities for relocation, investment and supply chain extension in Latin America after their presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Global Investment In – and Within – North America

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

Marc Beauchamp, President and CEO, CAI Global Group, spoke with Area Development about recent Canadian and international investment projects in the U.S. from a site selection perspective after his presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. 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

Front Line: Inland Ports Spur Distribution Growth

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

Locations in the middle part of the country provide an alternative to coastal seaports while providing quick intermodal connections to the nation’s interior. 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

The Future of Manufacturing Site Selection is Connected

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

Area Development interviewed Catalina Valencia, Founding Principal, Terrafinder Consulting, at the 2019 Area Development Women in Economic Development Forum in Chicago about the future of site selection for heavy industry. 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

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

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

Regional Report: Manufacturing Drives Growth in the Southern States

Tom Gresham (Q1 2020)

Big-picture data provides evidence of a regional economy on the rise, with manufacturing as the centerpiece of its growth. More

Regional Report: Technology and Natural Resources Fuel Pacific States’ Economies

Tom Gresham (Q1 2020)

Located at the epicenter of the nation’s tech industry, the Pacific region also benefits from a wealth of agricultural and natural resources as well as its locational advantages. More

Regional Report: The Plains States Leverage Their Synergies

Tom Gresham (Q1 2020)

Growth and collaboration mark the economic development picture in the Plains States, which have joined forces to compete against other more populous regions. More

Front Line: NEPA Rule Changes on the Horizon

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

Proposed changes to the environmental review have been welcomed by NAM and others. More

The Disruption of Autonomous Vehicles is Closer Than You Think

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q1 2020)

Area Development discussed the state of the autonomous vehicle industry with Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting, following his presentation, “The Disruption of Autonomous Vehicles is Closer Than You Think — Is Your Community Ready?”, at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

Creative Approaches to Last Mile Distribution

Matt Powers, Executive Vice President, Retail/E-commerce Distribution, JLL (Q1 2020)

Area Development sat with Matt Powers, Executive Vice President, Retail/E-commerce Distribution, JLL at our Charlotte Consultants Forum after his presentation, “Preparing Your Community - Remaining Nimble in an Evolving Economy”, for a discussion on the evolution of retail site selection and last mile distribution. More

Front Line: New DOT Focus on Rural Development

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2020)

“Economic success” is a critical component of the Department of Transportation’s new initiative. More

Radical Transformation in the Food & Beverage Industry

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray  (Q4 2019)

Food processing, packaging, and delivery are all being disrupted by changes in technology, consumer preferences, and government regulations. More

“Future-Proofing” Buildings to Account for Autonomous Vehicles

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

As self-driving vehicles become more ubiquitous, facility designers and owners will need to develop strategies that cover a wide range of possibilities. More

Where to Invest in the Booming Aerospace Manufacturing Industry

Scott Thompson, U.S. Aerospace & Defense , PwC (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The U.S. remains top-ranked globally for aerospace attractiveness, but companies must consider labor, infrastructure, and tax policy among other factors when deciding where to locate their next U.S. facility. More

Which Government Policies Will Drive the AV Sector Forward?

Benton Blaine, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting and Michele Satterlund , Senior Vice President, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

State policymaking geared toward interconnectedness and integration is key to growth of the autonomous vehicle sector. More

How CFOs Should Address Trade Questions — ASAP

Matt Clark, President & COO, Corcentric (Q3 2019)

Recent trade tensions and announced tariffs are proving disruptive to businesses, creating an uphill battle for CFOs, but they can mitigate supplier uncertainties by leveraging data. More

The Ever-Greater Expectations for Infrastructure

Warren C. Matthews, Burr & Forman (Q3 2019)

Companies providing quality jobs have never been in a better position to ask for the infrastructure and incentives they need in order to locate their facility — or remain — in a community. More

Seaports Coping With Rising Trade Volumes, Tight Real Estate Markets

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Q3 2019)

In order to address the challenges of big-ship congestion, U.S. seaports are turning to rail, barges, and off-terminal facilities. More

In Focus: Last-Mile Distribution Drives Industrial Demand in Secondary Markets

Ben Newell, Senior Vice President, Logistics Group, Transwestern Development Company (Q3 2019)

Retailers are rethinking their supply chain management and locating closer to the end customer to meet their lightning-fast delivery expectations. More

First Person: Globalization, E-Commerce, Last-Mile Delivery, and Other Supply-Chain Challenges

Steve Hess, Vice President, Development Americas, DHL Supply Chain (Q3 2019)

Area Development recently asked Steve Hess, VP of Real Estate Development at DHL Supply Chain, about issues affecting companies’ global supply chains. DHL is the largest global operator of logistics space, having acquired and/or developed over 20 million square feet of industrial space in the last several years alone, providing both internal and external customers with individually tailored real estate solutions, says Hess. More

Aerospace and Defense Investment Projects Take the Long View

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q2 2019)

Von Hatley, Managing Director at Jones Walker Consulting, spoke with Area Development about the state of site selection and strategic planning within the aerospace and defense industry after his presentation at our Miami Consultants Forum on the same subject. More

Laying Down the Tracks for Rail-Served Site Selection

Laurence Kahn, Senior Director, Industrial, Franklin Street (Q2 2019)

Area Development sat with Larry Kahn, Senior Director, Industrial, Franklin Street, at our Miami Consultants Forum for a discussion on rail-served site selection and industrial development. More

Site Selection 2020: Riding the Waves of Disruption into the Next Decade

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2019)

Following our Miami Consultants Forum, Area Development discussed the current and evolving state of the site selection industry and industrial real estate market with Brad Migdal, Senior Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. More

Infrastructure Investment: Shifting the Focus from Cost to Opportunity

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray  (Q4 2018)

The cost of upgrading and maintaining U.S. infrastructure is an investment that will pay off for industry and the nation as a whole, resulting in job creation and increased GDP. More

The Impact of Tariffs on Supply Chain Costs

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q4 2018)

The worsening tariff situation will affect prices throughout the international supply chain that supports companies’ operations both in the U.S. and abroad — and ultimately affect their bottom line. More

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