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How Are Economic Developers Partnering to Solve Workforce Challenges?

Louise Anderson, Director of Research, International Economic Development Council (Q1 2023)

Companies can expect to find help from forward-thinking economic development organizations in fulfilling their labor force requirements. More

The Great Migration of Workers

Ben Worrell , Credit & Incentives Consultant, McGuire Sponsel (Workforce Q4 2022)

Companies must understand how a shift in workforce development and remote work will impact their location decisions. More

Shifting Priorities: How Companies Are Navigating the Post-2020 Hiring Landscape

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Workforce Q4 2022)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the overall talent landscape, with the competitive market now driving companies to look at smaller less established markets to satisfy their workforce needs. More

Unlocking Labor Analytics

Lauren Berry, Manager, Location Analysis and Incentives, Maxis Advisors (Workforce Q4 2022)

While assessing a prospective location’s workforce may begin with a review of the data, a qualitative evaluation can provide new information not easily apparent from any desktop research. More

Bright Spots of the Office Sector

Lu Chen, Associate Director of Research and Senior Economist, Moody's Analytics CRE (Q4 2022)

The post-pandemic remote working trend has resulted in “emerging” or “other” metros performing better than the more established tech markets. More

Three Big Challenges Facing the Food & Beverage Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2022)

While every industry — and everyone — has faced disruptions over the last couple years, the food and beverage industry has been disrupted on an almost unimaginable scale. More

Front Line: Taking a Deep Dive into Suppliers’ Labor Force

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2022)

Heightened supply chain visibility will let manufacturers know if their suppliers are using forced labor, which puts them at risk for legal penalties as well as damage to their brand. More

A Fast Track to Filling the Workforce Pipeline

Michael Zitz, Special Assistant to the President for Media & Community Relations, Germanna Community College (Q3 2022)

A Virginia community college demonstrates how workforce training programs as well as accelerated degree programs are being used to help close the skills gap in critical industries. More

First Person: Global Trade and Development Face Big Challenges in 2022

Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director, Business Development, World Trade Centers Association (Q3 2022)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Robin van Puyenbroeck, executive director of business development for the WTCA, about trends in global trade and investment, top challenges, supply chain woes, and how to prepare for the next global crisis. More

Explosive Growth of Life Sciences Sector Comes with Challenges

Deb Boucher, Vice Chair, Cushman & Wakefield and Jason D'Orlando, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2022)

Although opportunities abound, companies in the life sciences sector are also facing numerous challenges — from accessing skilled labor to deciding whether to build out or retrofit existing space. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: FinTech Leader Fiserv Adding Jobs in New Jersey

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

Fiserv will attract top talent to its N.J. hub by partnering with local universities, including Rutgers University – Newark. More

People Power: How Talent Data Is Advancing Location-Based Decisions

Ashkahn Pajoohi, Senior Managing Director, Global Corporate Services, Newmark (Q2 2022)

Companies that embrace a talent-first approach using deep-mined data and analytics are more likely to attract the best and brightest, which can, in turn, help unlock the full value of their real estate portfolios. More

Five Ways for Manufacturers to Manage Global Market Volatility

Bryan Allen, EPC Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell and Charles Clinton, National Development Leader of Industrial Manufacturing Facilities, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2022)

To survive and advance in manufacturing, it’s critical to have future-proof, flexible facilities. More

Taking Action Now for An Increasingly Automated Future

Jacob Everett , Founder, Corsa Strategies (Q2 2022)

The jobs created by automation will ultimately exceed those that are lost, but a federal program is needed to successfully navigate the transformation of the labor force. More

How to Effectively Hire During the New Normal

Cristi Waterson (Q2 2022)

Consider the benefits of internal recruitment, the use of agency software, as well as engaging a recruitment service provider when updating your industrial talent acquisition and hiring process. More

The Evolution of the Megasite

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Corey Kingsland, Civil Engineering Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2022)

As the need for next-generation megasites continues to grow, economic development professionals are helping end-users reimagine the site selection and site preparedness process. More

The Labor Challenges of Site Selection

Greg Chmura, Chief Quality Office, Chmura Economics (Q1 2022)

A careful evaluation of a site’s labor force is needed to guard against unwelcome surprises. More

Talent-Based Location Strategies

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Workforce Q4 2021)

Today’s highly competitive market for technical talent is leading many companies to consider entering lesser-known geographies where they can find more accessible pools of high-quality and cost-effective talent in a lower-risk hiring environment. More

Workforce Development Programs Are in Overdrive

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q4 2021)

Job losses resulting from the pandemic have made upskilling of workers for the post-COVID economy even more critical, and government and private organizations are stepping up. More

Labor Challenges in the Industrial and Manufacturing Sectors Persist

Carolyn Salzer, Director, Logistics & Industrial Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Workforce Q4 2021)

Despite an improving economy, businesses are continuing to face obstacles in finding, training, and retaining enough qualified workers. More

Adapting to Agility: Leveraging a “Hub and Spoke” Model

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates and Guy Douetil, Managing Director, Hickey and Associates, LLC (Workforce Q4 2021)

As a company’s workforce becomes more dispersed, they need to rethink not only how they support those employees but also the physical footprint of their business. More

The “Great Resignation” Is Impacting Corporate Relocations

Susan Arledge, President, Site Selection and Analytics, ESRP Real Estate (Workforce Q4 2021)

The remote working trend established during the pandemic has caused many employees to reprioritize their lives, while companies are reevaluating their location decisions. More

Innovation Corridors Have Economic Assets Driving Business Growth

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

By actively putting together the resources needed for innovative companies to survive and thrive, innovation districts and corridors have found a recipe for success. More

No Easy Fix for Supply Chain Struggles

Thomas Galvin, Research Manager, Transwestern (Q4 2021)

Labor shortages intertwined with other supply chain issues are creating gridlock at the nation’s ports. More

Front Line: Infrastructure Investment Faces Hurdles

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

Projects funded by the infrastructure bill are projected to create nearly a million jobs — but filling those jobs may present a challenge. More

First Person: Creating a Work Environment For Employee Growth and Development

Rocki Rockingham, Chief Human Resources Officer, GE Appliances (Q4 2021)

In August, Rocki Rockingham was named Chief Human Resources Officer for GE Appliances. Area Development’s editor recently asked her about the company’s strategy to build upon its recent global “Great Place to Work” recognition and to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains top talent. More

Greater Richmond Area Provides Flexible Office-Space Solutions

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

With its lower operating costs, well-educated workforce, and pro-business environment, Greater Richmond is adding to its roster of companies. More

Tennessee Sees a Surge in Headquarters, Tech, and Finance Facilities

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2021)

With a critical mass of qualified workers, as well as a friendly business environment, the state of Tennessee is drawing new and expanding firms. More

Tech Talent Finding a Home in Kentucky

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q3 2021)

Those looking to develop a career in technology are being drawn to Kentucky’s innovation ecosystem, with its support for entrepreneurs, as well as the state’s affordable cost of living and enviable quality of life. More

Changes in the Incentives Landscape

Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director; Brad Migdal, Senior Managing Director; Meghan Gaydos, Senior Analyst; Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2021)

As the business environment continues to change post-pandemic, state and local incentive programs must continue to evolve in order to help companies mitigate risk and boost their return on investment. More

Supply Chain Bottlenecks Creating New “Logistical Hotspots”

Grant Miller, Partner, Colliers International and Don Moss, Partner, Colliers International (Q3 2021)

Among the forces rapidly transforming supply chains is the acceleration in e-commerce, along with recent weather events, tight labor markets, and land constraints. More

Canada’s Diversity and Positioning Is Promising

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, CAI Global (Location Canada 2021)

Although the pandemic caused FDI to slow, with its diverse workforce, Canada is experiencing a surge in Industry 4.0 projects and may benefit from U.S. firms nearshoring their supply chains. More

Challenges Facing the Auto Industry Post-Pandemic

Patrich Jett, Chair, Global Automotive Desk, Colliers International (2021 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

From a lack of semiconductors to a shortage of skilled workers to low industrial vacancy rates, auto companies are facing challenges that are affecting their site and facility plans. More

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

Michael Reid, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics and Barbara Denham, 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

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

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

First Person: A Manufacturer’s Response to Pandemic-Related Challenges

Timothy Knavish, Executive Vice President, PPG (Q1 2021)

Area Development’s editor recently asked PPG’s Tim Knavish — who is responsible for the architectural coatings business in USCA, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, the global automotive refinish business, the Latin America region, and the digital and information technology functions — about his company’s response to COVID and important operating concerns. More

Front Line: Job Creation Through Reshoring

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2021)

Companies are considering reshoring operations for better supply chain management and are creating jobs in the process. More

Sustaining Industrial Labor Needs During and After the Pandemic

Bethany Clark, Senior Managing Director, Strategy & Operations , Cushman & Wakefield (Workforce Q4 2020)

Finding and retaining a skilled workforce continues to be a critical need, and those unemployed during the pandemic may need training and help with other issues to step into those open roles. More

Recruiting and Retaining Today’s Manufacturing Workforce

Kylene Zenk, Director, Manufacturing Practice, UKG (Workforce Q4 2020)

Area Development recently asked Kylene Zenk — director of the Manufacturing Practice at UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), a leading global provider of HR services and workforce management solutions — for her input on recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce in the age of COVID-19. More

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