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Supply Chain Priorities

When it comes to choosing a new location for your next distribution center, creating a strategic distribution network plan is a first priority to address today's logistics challenges.

Renaissance in Medical Plastics

Our aging population is the driving force behind tremendous growth in the plastics and medical device industries. Where will you grow your facility?

Information Technology: No Signs of a Slowdown

When it comes to innovation and a talented workforce, these are the locations that merit a close look.

Foreign-Trade Zones—Global Expansion at Reduced Cost

Economic developers can leverage the benefits of FTZs to attract jobs and investment, while facilitating maintenance and expansion of their industrial base.

Bioscience: Building Block for Growth

The biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sectors have become engines for economic development across the country.

Financial Centers: Critical Mass is Key

With so many new financial centers emerging in secondary cities around the U.S., where will your new location be?

Aerospace: What You Need To Fly High

Aerospace sales growth broke records for the fourth year in a row. Here's where to go to plan for your next expansion.

Food Processing Sites: Providing Sustenance as Well as Nutrition

As food prices soar, sustainability becomes more than just an environmental buzzword—it's the key factor in choosing a new location with access to raw materials and a customer base.

Hot Logistics Locales

Supply chains now have global reach, and product flow often is measured in weeks rather than days. The contingencies of logistics and DC networks have changed dramatically.

Retail Set to Ride Out A Recession

Despite a shaky economic outlook, the U.S. retail industry relies on its chain stores, online sales, and shopaholics to reinforce its big business status.

Where Call Centers Call Home

While specific sectors of the call center industry fluctuate, the industry as a whole continues to boom throughout the United States.

A Tale of Two Industries

The convergence of two weighty North American industries—plastics and medical devices—has facilitated numerous healthcare advances. We bring you a sampling of locations that are helping these industries prosper.

Global Biotech Competition Heats Up

Policymakers and economic development agencies are focusing intently on the biotechnology sector as an engine for economic growth as the race to secure these companies grows more intense.

Automotive Opportunities in a Green Economy

The automotive sector continues to be one of the most successful industries in North America. But, global competition, emerging eco-trends, and innovations are changing the playing field.

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The national foods producer is setting up a new $90.5M manufacturing and distribution center in Lebanon, IN, creating 150 new jobs.

$35M Film And Television Production Complex Opens In South Bronx

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GM Announces $90M Northeast Indiana Investment

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Surveys & Research

New Jobs To Drive Migration To Middle America

Strong job growth on the coasts has been drawing people away from Middle America, but experts predict the trend will reverse.

CRE Functions Becoming More Aligned With C-Suite

A recent survey of corporate real estate executives finds an increased focus on the strategic aspects of CRE within companies.

Wisconsin: Where Collaboration Drives Industry Advancement

From water technology and food processing to energy, power and control, companies in Wisconsin that recognize their mutual dependency and have formed partnerships to address common challenges are thriving and creating new economic opportunities.