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Skilled Labor / STEM

Accelerated Trends Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Workforce Marketplace

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q2 2020)

Businesses and communities will find that the solution to their post-COVID workforce problems is the same: skills. More

In Focus: When — and How — to Ramp Up the Workforce

Kent Cornell, Managing Director, UHY Advisors (Q2 2020)

Although the COVID crisis has forced companies to lay off or furlough employees, they need to consider talent acquisition strategies now. More

Finding and Valuing Top Talent

Martha O'Mara, Martha O’Mara PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC (Q2 2020)

Martha O’Mara PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC, spoke with Area Development about how companies can diversify out of high-cost locations while still accessing talented labor pools after her presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Finding Talent in a Time of Economic Change

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

As millions of idled workers start to return to the workforce, the need for workforce development programs will be greater than ever before. More

The Pandemic Highlights the Irony of Desires

Minah Hall, Managing Director, Compass Key Site Solutions (Q2 2020)

What I learned during the Covid-19 pandemic: Be careful what you wish for! More

“Future-Proofing” Corporate Location Decisions in Uncertain Times

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q2 2020)

Despite today’s unprecedented labor market uncertainty, predictive people analytics can still be used to understand exposure to the economic ramifications of the current crisis. 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

Mid-size Markets Competing for Business and Winning

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q1 2020)

Workforce availability with the necessary skills and local partnerships are two trends driving investment to mid-size markets. More

Investment Follows Talent to Mid-Size Markets

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q1 2020)

The affordability of mid-sized communities has made them attractive to tech-savvy workers who, in turn, are drawing business investment to those locales. More

In Focus: Reforming the Imbalanced Trade Relationship with China

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) (Q1 2020)

Unfair trade has cost America millions of jobs, and the Phase 1 deal with China won’t help. 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

Revitalized Cities: Which Locations Have Outperformed and Why?

Matthew Mowell, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics (Q1 2020)

Many locations that saw economic contractions have been able to revitalize themselves by instituting pro-business policies, developing innovative workforces, and drawing the right industry mix — sprinkled with a little bit of luck! More

Research, Engineering, and Design: The Talent Cluster in a Talent-Focused World

Barry Matherly, CEO and President, Detroit Regional Partnership and Gabe Rodriguez-Garriga, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships, Detroit Regional Partnership (Q1 2020)

Economic development organizations that identify their “talent clusters” can help companies to find the skilled labor they require. More

Hot Jobs: Growing Industrial Sectors

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

Although the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession have been regained, not all regions or industry sectors have experienced the same recovery. More

Hiring Challenges Continue Throughout the U.S.

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

With record-low unemployment numbers continuing, many states are engaging in creative tactics to draw in new residents and workers — and keep the ones already there. More

Has the Value of a Degree Changed?

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

Although higher educational attainment generally correlates with the greatest occupational stability, degree programs still leave some gaps in worker readiness for certain occupations. More

Cultivating Talent from Untapped Communities

Dr. Arthur M. Langer , Chairman and Founder , Workforce Opportunity Services (Workforce Q4 2019)

By hiring from diverse and underserved communities, a company can boost innovation along with its bottom line. More

In Focus: Taking Steps to Fill Your Company’s Talent Pipeline

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern and Shawn Buchanan, Vice President/General Manager, Graycor Southern (Q4 2019)

Companies must take the time to identify potential new hires, build a relationship, and follow up with training and support in order to build today’s — and tomorrow’s — workforce. More

Regional Report: Talented Workforce Makes Virginia a Top Business Location

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2019)

Despite its already having a highly educated workforce and pro-business policies, Virginia continues to expand on workforce training and incentive initiatives to further enhance its business climate. More

Recruiting and Managing the Multigenerational Workforce

Kylene Zenk, Director, Manufacturing Practice, Kronos, Inc. (Workforce Q4 2019)

Area Development recently asked Kylene Zenk — director of the Manufacturing Practice at Kronos, Inc., a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management (HCM) software solutions — for her input on recruiting and managing a multigenerational workforce. More

Bridging the Skilled Trades Gap

Todd Sachse, Founder and CEO, Sachse Construction (Workforce Q4 2019)

Public institutions and private companies are deploying innovative solutions to address the ongoing scarcity of skilled trades workers and narrow the nationwide skilled trades gap. More

A Multipronged Approach to Building a “Smart” Facility Management Workforce

Al Young, Vice President, Field Service and Installation Operations, North America, Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions (Workforce Q4 2019)

New technologies in facility management and maintenance are changing the way the workforce will be trained. More

Manufacturers: Make Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives a Priority

Jeff Sorensen, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PwC (Workforce Q4 2019)

As the U.S. demographic changes, manufacturers and other companies must step up their diversity and inclusion efforts in order to fulfill their workforce needs. More

Are Your Employees Ready to Work with Robots?

Mark Howard, U.S. Country Manager, EU Automation (Workforce Q4 2019)

As manufacturers increasingly employ robots on the factory floor, they must communicate to their workforces how their roles will change and prepare them to work collaboratively with this new technology. More

High-Quality Talent: The Not-So-Secret Ingredient in Canada’s Economic Recipe for Success

Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (Location Canada 2019)

Canada’s education system and immigration approach attract talent that strengthens our labor force and business markets. More

FDI Surges Ahead in Canada

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2019)

Canada continues to be a premier investment destination and is dedicated to protecting its key industries, investing in innovation, and developing its workforce. 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

The Convergence of Technology + Automotive and Its Impact on Site Selection

Patrich Jett, Chair, Global Automotive Desk, Colliers International (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Automotive suppliers must approach site selection prudently, with an eye to a long-term solution when evaluating potential locations as well as their labor pools. More

The Evolving Automotive Landscape: What’s Driving the Future?

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray  (2019 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Dramatic changes in automotive technology are impacting the industry’s labor force, as legislative moves attempt to steer the industry’s future. More

Editor's Note: Finding the Labor Force Where It Wants to Be

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2019)

As companies are increasingly employing AI and other advanced technologies, they are locating where the tech-savvy workforce wants to live instead of asking the talent to come to them. More

Tennessee Keeps Attracting Headquarters Operations

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

With 18 Fortune 1000 company headquarters located in Tennessee, the number of headquarters jobs is surging. More

Greater Richmond: Fintech Hotspot

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

Richmond’s emerging financial technology market is challenging traditional districts, with its advanced telecommunications infrastructure, educated workers with high-tech skills, streamlined regulations, and low taxes. More

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

Advanced Manufacturing Disrupts the Location Process

Chris Volney, Senior Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q3 2019)

As technological advances fundamentally alter long-standing manufacturing processes and practices, they’re also upending the way advanced manufacturing companies consider locations for their facilities. 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

Growing Markets Positioned for Corporate Location Success

David J. Robinson, Principal, The Montrose Group, LLC (Q2 2019)

Corporate site location projects begin with understanding which regional markets are growing and will provide a long-term pool of skilled workers and a successful economy attractive to the company and its supply chain. More

People Analytics Helps Define the Search for Skilled Labor

Wayne Gearey, Chief Data Scientist, Emsi and Amy Fobes, Vice President of Business Development, Emsi (Q2 2019)

The analysis of human capital flows across markets and regions measures how, why, and where talent and skill clusters are creating and supporting sustainable market strength. 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

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