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Site Selection

Location Notebook: Tesla’s “Gigafactory” - Reno’s Game Changer

Dennis Cuneo,  Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Q3 2014)

With the announcement that Tesla picked Reno for its highly publicized $5 billion “gigafactory,” the area took a giant step toward civic leaders' goal of remaking its economy and image. To win the project, the state offered a rich — and what will be a highly scrutinized — incentive package. Will the bold gamble pay off? More

Frontline: Tesla’s New Battery Plant to Bring Electric Vehicles to the Masses

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

A comprehensive incentives package (pending legislative approval), proximity to natural resources and abundant renewable energy potential are significant factors that will improve Tesla’s odds of success in the “get things done state.” More

Special Investment Report: Florida’s Eastern and Mid-Gulf Coasts

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2014)

How many places in the world can claim to be on the cutting edge of both space and ocean transportation? It’s a striking illustration of the economic diversity you’ll find as you scan down the East Coast of Florida and then partway up the Gulf side. More

Intermodal Boom Will Revolutionize Supply Chain Logistics and Industrial Real Estate Strategy

Rich Thompson, International Director and Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL and Keith Stauber, Regional Managing Director, JLL (Q3 2014)

A looming capacity shortage in the trucking industry — coupled with rail’s high efficiency — is causing logistics suppliers and transportation providers to turn their focus to intermodal solutions. More

Effective Manufacturing Construction Project Management: On Site, and On It

John Hernandez, Section Manager, SSOE Group (Q3 2014)

Dedicated 100 percent from design through start-up, an on-site owner’s representative solves problems and adds value by assuring coordination of trades and maintaining project focus. More

Building Agility into the Supply Chain

Will O’Shea, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, XPO Last Mile (Q3 2014)

With delivery speed now a competitive differentiator, companies must ensure they have a “shippable” delivery on hand. More

Successfully Managing Construction Mega-Projects

Brian Relle , Director, Major Projects Advisory , KPMG and Clay Gilge , Principal, Major Projects Advisory, KPMG (Q3 2014)

Choosing the right project delivery strategy, managing risk, and developing specific policies and procedures will ensure a project is completed on time and within budget. More

Design Firms’ Increasingly Integrated Role in Facility Development Projects

Brian Curtin, P.E., President, BRPH and Beth Kirkland, CEcD, Economic Development Consultant, BRPH (Q3 2014)

The process of client engagement for design firms is evolving from a late-stage entry into the game by RFP response to a proactive approach that includes crucial due diligence factors that come before any facility design can even be conceptualized. More

Five Tips for Meeting the Challenges of Fast-Track Facility Development

David A. Kemper, PE, Senior Principal, Stantec (Q3 2014)

Constant communication — including real-time collaboration — between an owner, project developer, engineers, construction managers, etc. is key to fast-tracking a project. More

In Focus: Five Features of Successful Business Relocations and Expansions

Jeff Baryshnik, President,  Republic Real Estate Funds (Q3 2014)

By looking beyond just cost factors, those charged with the location decision can also help the environment and reduce stress. More

In Focus: Four Tips for Renewing Your Office Lease

Stephen F. Graw, Sperry Van Ness/Nashville  (Q3 2014)

Following these steps will help to ensure you get the best deal on your office renewal lease and offer peace of mind that you have done the research, understand your options, and selected the deal that’s best for your company. More

Communities Enable “Disruptive” Advantage for Advanced Manufacturers

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Advanced Industries 2014)

To attract and retain core manufacturing businesses in the twenty-first century, communities will have to offer significant workforce development support, combined with a business climate package that makes their companies competitive with producers that enjoy lower labor costs and more favorable taxation throughout the rest of the world. More

European Automakers Look to North America

David Leverett, Consultant Partner, HMC Global (Advanced Industries 2014)

Direct investment in North America is allowing European automotive companies to distinguish themselves from their competitors. More

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, Senior Economist, Moody's Analytics and Douglas Wynne, Associate Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)

One of the most often cited reasons for the location of a new business is quality of life, yet it is one of the areas policymakers most often overlook. More

First Person: Aerospace Industry Focuses on Technological Growth and Job Retention

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Q2 2014)

Jeff Troan, of Lockheed Martin, talks to staff writer Clare Goldsberry about economic development issues facing the aerospace industry including priorities when making location decisions and the value of incentives. More

Frontline: Micro Factories of the Future

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2014)

Today everything seems to be “micro-sizing,” including manufacturing. With companies scrutinizing all expenses — including the cost of factory floor square footage, equipment, and energy, some executives are finding that micro production might offer advantages. More

Texas Today 2014: A Magnet for Job Growth

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2014)

Low taxes, smart regulation, and skilled workers - not to mention probusiness incentives — are among the reasons Texas is continuing to build on its huge and diverse economy. More

Why the C-Suite Should Focus on Incentives

Rebecca Truelove, Business Incentives Partner, Ernst & Young and Judith Garner, Senior Manager, Financial Services, Ernst & Young (Q2 2014)

As governments at all levels increase their use of incentives, companies must figure out how to best capitalize on these offerings to increase their competitive advantage. More

Adapting to Growing Workforce Mobility Issues

Richard Jordan, eBusiness Strategies, LLC (Q2 2014)

Tomorrow’s workforce will not necessarily change space requirements but rather how that space is organized and utilized. Therefore, a shift has been made from strict workplace utilization into a more flexible occupancy measure. More

How Companies Can Get the Utility Packages They Need

Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2014)

Energy availability is a vital factor in any site selection process. Making an energy decision is more than just cost per kilowatt-hour — a well-designed utility plan should also take into account grid capacity, rate structure, service/distribution, and related utilities, such as wastewater treatment. More

Quality, Speed, and Value Drive the Site Selection Process

Erik Dunnigan, Vice President - Business Development, Bristol Group, Inc. (Q2 2014)

A combination of design-build and precast building systems is helping to deliver high-performance facilities within shorter timeframes and at lower cost. More

Developing a Sustainable Facility

Daniel Hartsig, Manager of New Construction – Sustainability Services, Transwestern (Q2 2014)

From using locally sourced materials during construction to utilizing renewable energy sources to distributing products by rail, each company is embarking on its unique path to sustainability. More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. and Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q2 2014)

In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

In Focus: Tenants Must Plan for the Unimaginable

Nora Hogan, Principal, Transwestern (Q2 2014)

Business shifts are often unimaginable to the tenant at the beginning of a lease term, but planning for them is as important as negotiating any other element in the agreement. More

Looking Beyond the Numbers When Assessing a Community

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Partner, Crowe Horwath (Q2 2014)

Those charged with the location decision should look for tangible evidence that the communities they are considering are taking an integrated approach to community development. More

Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Business Climate Promotes Headquarters Growth

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2014)

A development strategy touting its attractive quality of life as well as favorable business climate has made the Fort Lauderdale area a top choice for headquarters operations. More

Zero-Sum Labor - The C-Suite's Next Wicked Problem

Mark Lautman, Lautman Economic Architecture LLC (Workforce 2014)

The impending chronic shortage of qualified workers is causing employers to rethink their business models, locations, and role in their host communities. More

Low Costs + Skilled Workforce = A Perfect Fit

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC and Natalie Matwijiszyn, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce 2014)

The site selection process has always been a complex balancing act of finding the “perfect” combination between the ideal physical location and the most qualified and available workforce, with the cost of doing business in each location tempering the two considerations. More

Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) and Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Location USA 2014)

International investors can avail themselves of incentives to develop conventional as well as non-conventional sources of energy and other innovative technologies. More

In the Battle for Talent, Real Estate Leads the Tech Conversation at SXSW

Area Development Research Desk (Q1 2014)

Workplace strategy was a trending topic at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, as tech leaders are increasingly seeing the value that real estate can have in driving talent recruitment. More

10th Annual Survey of Site Selection Consultants: Economy on a More Continuous Growth Track

Area Development Special Presentation (Q1 2014)

Area Development asked the consultants who work with corporate clients to tell us about their clients’ facilities plans and priorities in making a location decision. Nearly half of the respondents believe the economy will achieve a more continuous growth track this year but, how will that affect their clients’ facility decisions? More

28th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Availability of Skilled Labor New Top Priority

Area Development Special Presentation (Q1 2014)

The results of our survey show a modest improvement in short-range new facility and expansion plans, as well as a realignment of site selection priorities with the availability of skilled labor being the number one concern, outranking highway accessibility and labor costs. More

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2014)

The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More

Quality of Place and Its Role in Corporate Location Decisions

Matthew Tarleton, Vice President & Principal, Market Street Services and Evan Robertson, Senior Project Associate, Market Street Services (Q1 2014)

As companies compete for talent, “place” is an asset that can be honed, improved, and marketed to potential employees. More

First Person: Foreign Investment Driving Uptick in Manufacturing Plant Construction

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2014)

Stephen Gray, Gray Construction CEO, comments on manufacturing’s contribution to U.S. economic growth and the factors influencing the uptick in construction of domestic plants. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)

Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More

U.S. Industrial Real Estate Outlook: Strong Performance Propels Industrial Sector into 2014

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2014)

Growing demand for goods from consumers and businesses — and an apparently permanent shift in how people buy and how goods are shipped — has propelled the U.S. industrial real estate sector into its most positive position since before the Great Recession. More

Primer: The Impact of Taxes & Incentives on Data Center Locations

Chris Schastok, Vice President, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE, Inc. and John Lenio, Economist and Managing Director, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE  (Q1 2014)

Many states and communities are using incentives to lure data centers and establish clusters of these facilities, which, in turn, stand to benefit from tax breaks and cash grants for necessary infrastructure improvements. More

One Size Fits All: “Vested” for Large and Small Companies

Scott R. Schroeder, Owner/CEO, RelianceCM and Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Center for Executive Education, University of Tennessee (Q1 2014)

Companies of all sizes are finding that negotiating and nurturing relationships with suppliers can provide a sustainable competitive advantage. Learn how the “Vested” model is lifting one small, Oregon-based contract manufacturer's ability to help bring its client’s products to market at scale. More

In Focus: Solar Commercial Outdoor Lighting Benefits the Industrial Property Sector

Divakar “Dibs” Tailor, President/CEO, Sol Lighting (Q1 2014)

Solar commercial outdoor lighting offers many advantages to owners and occupiers and is cost-effective now in many industrial property applications. More

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