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Consultants Forum Insights

Tips for Navigating Incentives in Site Selection Process

Rose Davidson, Sr. Vice President, Business and Economic Incentives, at JLL, spoke with Area Development about navigating incentives during the site selection process, after her presentation, “Moving the Needle - How to Navigate Projects, RFPs and Offer Letters in the Right Direction,” at our Charlotte Consultants Forum.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Hiring Challenges Continue Throughout the U.S.

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.

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Workforce Training / Education

Cultivating Talent from Untapped Communities

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

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Consultants Forum Insights

Siemens’ New Way of Working Brings IT, HR & CRE Together

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate, Siemens Gas & Power and Siemens USA, spoke with Area Development about how workplace strategy influences corporate real estate strategy, after his presentation, “Creating Spaces that Attract and Retain Talent: Good for Communities, Good for Corporations,” at our Charlotte Consultants Forum.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

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

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.

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Food Processing

Radical Transformation in the Food & Beverage Industry

Food processing, packaging, and delivery are all being disrupted by changes in technology, consumer preferences, and government regulations.

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Contributed Content

Houston: Young, Diverse and Innovative

Susan Davenport, Senior Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Houston Partnership, discusses how Houston’s economy has changed and grown over the last decade, drawing people and businesses from around the world.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Kentucky Continues to Break Records in 2019

Low business costs are drawing businesses to Kentucky, as the state also tries to equalize opportunity in its rural areas through Opportunity Zone incentives.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

Life Sciences’ Quest for a Future-Friendly Real Estate Strategy

Record-breaking R&D investment in the life sciences industry is spurring real estate innovation too.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

How to Write a Smart RFI

Properly approaching the Request for Information process will result in receiving the submission of quality sites that will meet your company’s goals.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Hot Jobs: Growing Industrial Sectors

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

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Workforce Training / Education

Has the Value of a Degree Changed?

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

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Healthy Growth Marks Florida’s Economy

Companies in diverse industries are attracted to Florida’s low taxes and extensive international ties.

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Asset / Facility Management

First Person: A Modern Approach to Cyber Protection

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.

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Taxes / Incentives

The Money Issue: Negotiating for Incentives

Employing a standardized process when negotiating for incentives will optimize the results and allow a company to compare various offers on a consistent basis.

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Contributed Content

Regional Report: Talented Workforce Makes Virginia a Top Business Location

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.

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Taxes / Incentives

The Money Issue: The Role of Taxes in Corporate Location Decisions

The above- and below-the-line impact of taxes can sway a location decision among otherwise comparable sites.

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Construction / Project Planning

What Does It Mean to Change the Game?

Embracing “disruption” requires a shift in mindset, but those companies that welcome change can dramatically improve project outcomes.

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U.S. Regional Reports

Regional Report: Positive Signs for the Mississippi Economy

Businesses in Mississippi benefit from customized training programs and enhanced incentives, as well as the state’s investments in infrastructure.

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