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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

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

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

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

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

Five Key Factors at Play When Satisfying Workforce Requirements

Stephen Akard, Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans  (Workforce Q4 2020)

The global pandemic has magnified the significance of workforce training options and incentives in the site selection process. More

Leveraging the Workplace in Recruitment Strategies

Brent Arnold, Senior Project Designer, Perkins&Will (Workforce Q4 2020)

Companies whose goals and priorities are reflected in their workspaces, supporting the well-being of their employees, are more likely to attract and retain top talent. More

First Person: Understanding and Investing in Current and Future Talent

Rick Williams, Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Michelin North America, Inc. (Q4 2020)

Michelin’s Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics Rick Williams recently answered questions posted to him by Area Development’s editor about fulfilling a company’s workforce needs in these unprecedented times. More

Front Line: Vocational Training Alliances in Tough Times

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Companies and communities must continue to invest in and destigmatize vocational training in order to bridge the manufacturing skills gap. More

Developing and Executing a Site Selection Game Plan

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q4 2020)

After an internal assessment of the company, the location team should focus on key success variables, appropriately weighted, and consult with needed subject matter experts. More

Workforce: A Primary Ingredient in the Evolution of the Food Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2020)

The global pandemic has accelerated changes occurring in the food and beverage industry, with a heightened focus on worker and consumer safety and automation technologies. More

The Next Recovery: Regional Leaders & Laggards

Adam Kamins, Director, Moody’s Analytics (Q3 2020)

While companies still need a skilled, highly educated workforce, the COVID-19 pandemic and increased reliance on remote working are prompting them to rethink their location decisions. More

Adding “COVID-19 Community Response” to the Site Selection Checklist

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q3 2020)

Communities that use the current crisis to reimagine their solutions to the talent shortage should land on top of a site selector’s list of prospective locations. More

Front Line: Visa Ban Upends Companies and Competitiveness

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2020)

The administration’s freeze and restrictions on visas for foreign workers may only exacerbate the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. More

Innovating During COVID-19: New Jersey’s Next Era in Life Sciences

Choose New Jersey (Q3 2020)

Following 150 years of global leadership in life sciences, cell and gene therapy (CGT) is rapidly accelerating within the New Jersey ecosystem. 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

Finding and Valuing Top Talent

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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