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Deconstructing the Site Selection Process
According to Area Development’s latest Corporate and Consultants Surveys, availability of skilled labor is the number-one site selection factor. With U.S. unemployment at 3.6 percent in May, it’s no wonder companies are having trouble finding the workers they need.

In order to address this labor shortage — with manufacturers being particularly hard hit — Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing, suggests hiring women, who are underrepresented in manufacturing, as well as educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing.

Another factor ranking highly in our Surveys is state and local incentives. Although there’s been a heightened focus on transparency and ensuring a return on investment for taxpayers when companies receive incentives, they will continue to be a critical part of any corporate location decision.

Energy availability and costs also score among the top-10 site selection factors for those taking our Corporate and Consultants Surveys. Conveying a company’s utility needs to service providers and choosing a location that can properly meet those needs — now and into the future — will help to ensure a project’s success.

Finally, once a company decides where to locate and undertakes the building of a new facility, incorporating the latest technology into the facility will drive value for its occupants. Intelligently deployed technology at the new facility will help to save energy and aid workflow and worker productivity, reducing both utility and operational expenses.

Building Smarter: How to Ensure Optimization from Start to Finish and Beyond

Jim Nannini Jim Nannini, Vice President, Building Wide Systems Integration, Johnson Controls

A high-performing, future-ready, truly smart building can drive value for the occupants and organizations that depend on the facility.

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Utilities’ Role in the Corporate Location Decision

Grant Miller Grant Miller, Partner, Colliers International


Don Moss Don Moss, Partner, Colliers International

Conveying a company’s utility needs to service providers and choosing a location that can properly meet those needs — now and into the future — will help to ensure a project’s success.

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Understanding the Evolving Incentives Landscape

David Hickey David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates

Key trends across the states indicate a continued effort to lure new businesses with incentives, but there’s a sustained focus on transparency and ensuring a return on investment for taxpayers.

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First Person: Building a Long-Term Manufacturing Workforce

Amanda Hutchings Amanda Hutchings, President, Peak Manufacturing

Area Development’s staff writer, Mark Crawford, recently spoke to Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing in Pleasant Lake, Mich., about addressing the looming shortage of workers in manufacturing by hiring women, who are underrepresented in this field, and educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing.

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