Effects of Global Pandemic Reflected in Executives’ Site and Facility Plans
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Friday, March 12th, 2021
Corporate Survey Reveals Change in Site Selection Plans and Priorities

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is allowing us to envision an end to this pandemic that has thus far cost half a million lives and wreaked havoc on the U.S. and global economies, with many businesses shuttered and millions of jobs lost. However, after a rough start to the year, some economists are now predicting that growth of U.S. GDP will return to its pre-pandemic level sooner than previously expected, with pent-up consumer demand powering the surge.

Nevertheless, the results of our 35th annual Corporate Survey reveal that our readers are proceeding with caution when it comes to plans for new and/or expanded facilities. Only 30 percent of the respondents (many of whom are with mid-size or small firms in terms of number of employees) have plans for new as well as expanded domestic facilities over the next two years, as two thirds transitioned to employees working remotely temporarily or permanently during the pandemic. Economic developers are also realizing that remote work is also valuable to creating jobs in their communities — no matter where a company is physically based — and are even offering incentives to support such job creation.

Also reflected in the results of our Corporate Survey is the heightened focus on workforce diversity and inclusion plans as well as environmental sustainability. These are other issues that have been brought to the forefront by the global pandemic and social unrest that followed. Corporate leaders have become more cognizant of their societal responsibilities and realize that, by making society’s goals their corporate goals, they will gain competitive advantage in the global economy.

For example, according to PPG’s Executive Vice President Tim Knavish, “One of PPG’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our people. We take a wide-ranging view of diversity, inclusive of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability/ability, religion, nationality, educational background, among other factors. Our employees’ unique perspectives enable us to meet challenges quickly, creatively, and effectively.”

As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our corporate readers’ location plans and priorities as they increased their resiliency efforts. Read More.

We are aggressive in our efforts to grow the Kansas economy. Companies select Kansas due to distinct business advantages that translate to greater performance and profits. The Business Development Team at the Kansas Department of Commerce is ready to assist in your site selection process. See why companies like Amazon, Kubota, and Urban Outfitters chose Kansas as the smart investment.  

Local economies are benefitting from adding new jobs — whether those jobs are performed on-site or remotely — and they are incentivizing them, too. Read More.
id96161_FirstPersonKnavishTim50x54B&W.jpg Timothy Knavish, Executive Vice President, PPG
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. Read More.
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