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Editor's Note: Navigating the “New Normal”of Work

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2020)

Whether it’s workplace layout, remote working, diversity training, or bringing in foreign workers, these are just some of the issues companies will need to navigate in this “new normal” of work. 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

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

In Focus: Increased Data Center Growth Driven by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Rechtin, Partner, Data Center Services , Seyfarth (Q3 2020)

With technology infiltrating almost all aspects of our lives, more and more data needs to be processed and stored. More

In Focus: Sale-Leasebacks Help Companies Leverage Capital

Jeff Berryhill, Stonemont Financial Group (Q3 2020)

Companies feeling the strain of the COVID-19 shutdown are finding new opportunities in sale-leasebacks. More

In Focus: Is Your Workplace Ready for the “Next Normal?”

Bernice Boucher, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, JLL (Q3 2020)

Safety concerns must be balanced with the benefits of a vibrant workplace culture. More

COVID-19 and Site Selection in the Near and Long Term

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

The global pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation of the workforce, a shift to just-in-case inventory management, redirecting of incentives, and other changes in business priorities. More

First Person: Handling Plant Shutdowns and Re-Openings During the Pandemic

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (Q2 2020)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Area Development asked SSOE Group’s Michael Vetter about what companies are doing to keep their operations up and running and their employees safe. More

Editor's Note: Guidance for the “New Normal”

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2020)

By the end of the first quarter, the U.S. economy contracted by 4.8 percent — the steepest contraction since Q4/2008 during the Great Recession, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. How should businesses respond to this crisis? More

Hitting the Reset Button: How to Pivot the Perception of Economic Development

Christopher D. Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director, Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting (Q2 2020)

Economic developers are playing an important role in helping businesses to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and their use of incentives to solidify relationships should not be shunned. More

In Focus: FDI Will Signal Better Days

Kenny McDonald, President & Chief Economic Officer, One Columbus (Q2 2020)

The value and impact of FDI will remain an important part of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 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

Preparations for the “New Normal”

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)

A highly robust telecom infrastructure combined with an educational system that can remotely deliver high-quality instruction and training are among the longer list of corporate “must-haves” in the post-COVID 19 era. More

What Can Taxing Entities Do for Their Business Community?

Ben Worrell , Credit & Incentives Consultant, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2020)

State and local governments should forego tax revenue in 2020, allowing businesses to retain cash and restart their businesses. More

How Pandemic Will Affect Corporate Location

Les Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Savills  (Q2 2020)

The COVID 19 crisis will bring about changes in location strategies and how the process is conducted, as well as in which projects will go forward. 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

COVID-19 Will Remake How We Work and Live

Susan Arledge, President, Site Selection and Analytics, ESRP Real Estate (Q2 2020)

The current pandemic will present a “new normal” that may include a continuation of allowing employees to work from home and the creation of new behaviors for those that come into the office. 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

Workforce Reductions, Incentives Compliance, and Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Azad Khan, Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)

Companies that have reduced their workforces as a result of the COVID 19 crisis may need help getting back up to speed when things return to “normal.” More

Potential Shifts in the Workforce Due to COVID-19

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q2 2020)

Temporary shifts to remote working may become permanent and more reshoring of critical manufacturing jobs may also be in the offing as companies look to become more resilient to crises. More

Pandemic Will Elicit Varied Responses from State and Local Governments

Jacob Everett , Credit & Incentives Practice, McGuire Sponsel (Q2 2020)

The public and private sectors must work together to continue to move business and community forward. More

Business Policy Changes to Result from the COVID 19 Crisis

Matt Jackson, Senior Managing Director, JLL (Q2 2020)

The global pandemic is causing companies to rethink their office occupancy requirements and supply chain configurations. More

In Memoriam: Sydney Russell , March 28, 1919 – March 14, 2020, Founder and Publisher

Dennis Shea, Publisher and President, Area Development (Q2 2020)

On March 14th Area Development lost Syd Russell, the company’s Founder and first Publisher & President. He was two weeks shy of his 101st birthday. 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

In Focus: 3D Printing Continues to Rock Manufacturing

John Hornick, Chief Strategy & Communications Officer, nScrypt (Q1 2020)

Manufacturing — not just printing — fully functioning parts and biomanufacturing are on the horizon for 3D. More

First Person: Technology, Collaboration Affecting the Design & Construction Industries

Vince DiPofi, CEO & President, SSOE (Q1 2020)

Area Development recently asked SSOE Group’s CEO Vince DiPofi about his organization’s evolving geographic and industrial markets, use of technology, and the effect of innovations in design and construction. More

In Focus: Key Success Factors for Building a Cannabis Processing Center

Andy Poticha, Principal, Canabis Facility Construction (Q1 2020)

Developers looking for growth opportunities presented by increasing legalization of cannabis must be familiar with state-level building codes for processing facilities. 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

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

First Person: A Modern Approach to Cyber Protection

Serguei Beloussov, CEO, Acronis (Q4 2019)

Acronis, a Singapore-based global leader in cyber protection, recently opened its operations center — featuring a cutting-edge R&D office as well as its largest and fastest-growing data center — in Tempe, Arizona. Area Development asked Acronis’ CEO Serguei Beloussov about the latest issues in cyber protection and why the company chose Tempe for its facility. More

Dupont: The Decentralization of Manufacturing

Daryl Roberts, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations & Engineering Officer, DuPont (Q4 2019)

DuPont has operated its Spruance plant in Chesterfield County since 1929. For over six decades, Spruance has been a key site in the development of new fibers and resins, continuing to adapt to DuPont’s changing needs. Materials produced at the site include DuPont™ Tyvek®, Nomex®, Kevlar®, and Zytel® 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

Editor’s Note: Can the U.S. Win the Trade War With China — and at What Cost?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2019)

Although the Trump administration has argued that newly imposed tariffs on China are necessary to curb its abuse of global competitors, industry leaders are saying the tariffs are disrupting their supply chains and adding costs that they will need to pass on to consumers. More

Editor’s Note: To Incent or Not to Incent?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2019)

Research indicates that incentives “tip” only 20 percent of location decisions, but it seems that’s a percentage that states and communities aren’t willing to relinquish. More

How LEED Certification Transformed Industrial Development Standards

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Today’s businesses aren't pursuing LEED certifications to the extent that they did in the past because sustainable development is now a given — it’s demanded by the market. More

Frontline: What’s Driving Down FDI?

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)

The fear of trade wars and protectionist policies are being blamed for the overall decline in global foreign direct investment. More

In Focus: Rise of Natural Disasters Affecting CRE Markets

Rick Kalvoda, Senior EVP, Altus Group (Q1 2019)

With the rise in natural disasters over the past few years and as climate change continues to be a challenge, natural disaster resiliency is top of mind for commercial property executives. More

In Focus: Taking Advantage of the Remote Working Trend

Wood Caldwell, Southeast Venture (Q1 2019)

With the majority of employees worldwide spending at least a portion of their time working remotely, facility mangers need to alter their workspaces. More

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