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Workplace Trends

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

Shifting Dynamics in a Post-Pandemic World

Steven Tozier, Managing Director, Ernst & Young LLP (Q3 2021)

Your business may benefit from economic developers’ new targeted approaches that support new norms in the workplace, promote inclusive economic recovery, and place ESG at the center of their value proposition. More

A Revitalized Vision for the Corporate Campus

Nick Bassing, Vice President, Project Management Advisors, Inc. and Nick Clayton, Vice President, Project Management Advisors, Inc. (Q3 2021)

As COVID-19 starts to subside, the tech industry is reimagining the corporate campus, as well as workspaces, and that is bound to also affect companies in other industries. More

Editor's Note: Navigating the New and Improved Economic Landscape

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2021)

Businesses need to navigate many changes in the economic landscape post-pandemic, including growth in remote work, an increased focus on workforce diversity, as well as realignment of their supply chains. 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

Adapting to a New Workplace Ecosystem

David Smith, Head of Occupier Insights, Global Research, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2021)

The office is evolving and becoming more agile — it has to. More

First Person: Engaging the Workforce with Empathetic Leadership

Dan Kerber, Vice President, Business Operations, Digital Services, North America, Ericsson  (Q2 2021)

Area Development’s staff editor Mark Crawford recently asked Ericsson’s Dan Kerber, vice president of digital services business operations for North America — who helps companies improve their financial and operational metrics through improved resource management processes — about his thoughts on leadership, especially the need for “soft skills” during the COVID-19 pandemic. More

Pandemic Fuels Data Center Growth

Dave Fanning, Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2021)

With employees working remotely, school being held virtually, and everyone being entertained via the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis, growth of these mission-critical facilities accelerated and will continue to do so. 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

The Future of the Workforce Is a “Better Normal”

Laura Wachowiak, Operations and Marketing Manager, Cresa (Workforce Q4 2020)

Redefining the workforce in a post-pandemic world will likely be driven by the ideals of our largest generation — millennials. 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

Editor's Note: Is There a “Better Normal” Ahead?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2020)

The global pandemic has brought into focus the rise of e-commerce, including in the food and beverage industry, and the importance of the life sciences sector, while also redefining workforce. More

Trends in Office and Industrial Parks

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Allowing employees to continue to work remotely and possible moves to the less densely populated suburbs are among the factors that will affect corporate real estate in 2021. 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

Supply Chain Execs Respond as Pandemic Creates E-Commerce Surge

Ashfaque Chowdhury, President, Supply Chain – Americas and Asia Pacific, XPO Logistics, Inc. and Erik Caldwell, President, Last Mile Logistics, XPO Logistics, Inc. (Q4 2020)

Supply chain executives at XPO Logistics discuss the surge in e-commerce, which is going to play out for a long time to come. More

Expanded Incentives Support the Growth in Remote Work

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Local economies are benefitting from adding new jobs — whether those jobs are performed on-site or remotely — and they are incentivizing them, too. More

Boom in E-Commerce Creating Workforce Opportunities

Matt Powers, Executive Vice President, Retail/E-Commerce Distribution, JLL and Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Industrial Integrated Portfolio Services , JLL (Q4 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise in e-commerce and created opportunities for fulfillment jobs, along with a need for increased automation and training. 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

Redevelopment of Space for Booming Life Sciences Firms

Jeff Janicek, Jeff Janicek, Skender (Q4 2020)

As life sciences firms look to ramp up production, many are considering redevelopment of sites formerly put to other uses. More

In Focus: The Evolving Role of Outdoor Spaces

Louise Sharp, Design Principal Interior Architecture, HLW (Q4 2020)

Outdoor collaboration zones can provide workers with a sense of safety and return to “normal” in a post-COVID-19 world. More

Canadian Opportunities for Growth in the New Normal

Anita Shinde, Partner, Economic and Advisory, Canada, Deloitte  (Location Canada 2020)

COVID-19 has shaken up global competitiveness, potentially offering Canada unique opportunities to recover and thrive. More

Data-Driven Operational Strategies in the Pandemic Era

Calandra Cruickshank , Founder and CEO , StateBook International® and Martha O'Mara,  PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC (Q3 2020)

As companies look to make decisions on ramping up operations post–COVID-19, they can look to data that provide insight on specific locations’ pandemic-related risks. 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

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

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: COVID-19 Spurs More Automated Manufacturing

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

The global pandemic has presented manufacturers with new labor challenges, which are being addressed by new technologies and automation. 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

New Strategies for Learning and Development in an Increasingly Virtual World

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

For companies that want to stay ahead of the pack, now is the time to rethink how they train and empower their employees. 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

Stick the Landing: How to Help Optimize Workplace Reentry

Darin Buelow, Principal and Global Location Strategy Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP (Q2 2020)

We’ve uncovered five key opportunities for corporate real estate leaders to make the most of innovative strategies and technologies that will alter the workplace as we knew it. More

Successfully Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

Phillip M. Perry, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

Before employers bring personnel back into the workplace, they need to ensure their safety and accommodate those with special needs, while adhering to employment laws. More

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

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, CAI Global (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

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

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

Risk Management, Enhanced Communication Needed in Post-Pandemic Environment

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa (Q2 2020)

Companies must proactively incorporate redundancy, safety, and communication into their operations. 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

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