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Foreign Expansion Is Top Capital Investment For CEOs

Expansion outside their home countries is CEOs' number-one area to devote significant capital to over the next three years, according to KPMG International's latest CEO Outlook Study.

India’s Smart Cities Challenge: 100 Locales To Be Chosen

This Challenge characterizes a smart city as one focused "on the most pressing needs and on the greatest opportunities to improve quality of life for residents today and in the future."

Not Your Father’s Pre-Built Office

Building owners are attracting TAMI and other flexibility-focused tenants by investing more in the design and amenities of pre-built office space.

Dassault Systemes, Wichita State University Partner On Advanced Manufacturing Center

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Dassault Systemes will partner on an advanced manufacturing center on the Innovation Campus.

China Outbound Real Estate Investment Reaches $10B

Chinese outbound capital flows into global commercial real estate markets have exceeded $10 billion in a year for the first time ever, according to the latest research from CBRE Group, Inc.

Investimus Foris To Invest $265M In Louisiana Ammonia Plant

Lithuania-based Investimus Foris will make a $265 million capital investment to convert an idle biofuels refinery in Grant Parish, LA into an ammonia manufacturing facility, creating 85 new direct jobs.

Capture Building Features With Leica Pegasus:Backpack

This wearable mobile mapping tool makes professional BIM documentation a reality for property owners and managers.

Aircraft Technical Support Creating 140 New Jobs in Roswell, NM

Aircraft Technical Support (ATS), a Florida-based international aviation service and support company, will expand its Roswell operations and expects to hire 140 new workers in the next year.

Strategy Required To Drive Digital Transformation

Many employees across all generations are dissatisfied with their organization's digital progress to date and are voicing a desire to work for digitally mature leaders, suggesting upcoming retention challenges for many companies, according to new research by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital.

Cook Pharmica Expanding in Monroe County, IN

Cook Pharmica, LLC plans to expand its biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing operations in Bloomington, IN, creating up to 70 new jobs by 2020.

Walkable Downtowns Help Attract Employees

Companies are migrating to walkable downtowns across the country, in big cities and small CBDs, and in secondary markets within larger metropolitan areas from coast to coast, according to a recent study.

Location Spotlight Of The Week: Ak-Chin Indian Community

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is adjacent to the City of Maricopa, just over 18 miles southwest of Phoenix, and 34 miles from Sky Harbor Airport.

USA800 To Create More Than 300 Jobs In Kansas

USA800, a multi-channel support call center, is opening a new facility in Lawrence, KS. The company plans to create 333 new jobs at the facility and invest more than $3.5 million.

Leveraging The Tenant Star Program

Signed into law in Spring 2015, this federal initiative is modeled after the popular ENERGY STAR program.

Florida Industrial Sites Join Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program

Duke Energy has just completed the evaluation of industrial sites in Florida’s Pasco, Polk and Sumter counties through the company's Site Readiness Program, which helps advance prime parcels for industrial development opportunities.

SaaS For Streamlined Lease Administration

This SaaS from Broker Savant is designed to standardize the lease abstraction process for administrators and commercial real estate professionals by ensuring efficiency, uniformity, consistency, and accuracy.

Which Cities Attract The Most Real Estate Investment Relative To Size?

JLL's City Investment Intensity Index Q1 2015 measures real estate investment volumes relative to a city's economic size and provides a useful barometer of a city's health and real estate liquidity.

General Motors Invests $1.4 Billion for Arlington Plant Upgrades

In its largest single plant investment in the U.S. this year, General Motors has announced $1.4 billion for a range of improvements to its Arlington Assembly Plant to more competitively produce high-quality full-size SUVs.

ICF Opens Nominations for 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year Awards

Nominations for the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year — a community that is a leader in creating inclusive economic prosperity, solving social problems and enriching quality of life using information and communications technology — are now open.

A&R Logistics Expanding In Southern Indiana, Creating 32 Jobs

Louisville-based A&R Logistics Inc. is investing more than $3.9 million to relocate its Jeffersonville, IN warehouse and trucking facilities to River Ridge Commerce Center, creating 32 jobs in Southern Indiana.

15 Schools Competing In University Real Estate Portfolio Challenge

The first annual Real Confidence University Portfolio Challenge™, in which teams from 15 universities compete to create the best-performing portfolio from a mixture of real estate investments, will result in a $50,000 university scholarship for the grand prize winner.

New Report Notes Venture Capital Values Real Estate Tech

Crowdfunding and curated web are emerging trends examined in a research report from RE:Tech.

Sustainability Initiatives Can Drive Corporate Revenue Growth and Innovation

Sustainability innovation is powering business growth: Between 2010 and 2013, revenues from company-defined portfolios of sustainable products and services grew by 91%, according to a new study from The Conference Board.

MOTIVE Launches Real Estate Tech Accelerator In Dallas

MOTIVE, the Southwest’s only real estate technology-focused accelerator, kicked-off in Dallas with a roster of backers, and an inaugural class scheduled for Fall 2015.

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