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60 Seconds with Andy Shapiro, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.

In a tough economy, some are questioning the use of tax incentives to convince businesses to relocate. Andy Shapiro, Managing Director of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co., Princeton, NJ gives us his perspective on whether tax incentives are an effective way to promote development. BF: Are tax incentives often the determining factor in a company’s location decision? AS: Twenty years ago, incentives typically r ...

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60 Seconds with Mario Brossi, North American Senior Representative, Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion

Switzerland has surpassed the U.S. as the top-ranked country in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness survey. Mario Brossi, who has dual Swiss and American citizenship, puts this achievement in perspective. BF: What factors enabled Switzerland to surpass the U.S. in the WEF survey? MB: Although Switzerland is proud to be at the top of the table this year, we view this more as a marathon t ...

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60 Seconds with Bruce A. Kellogg, Chairman, OSCRE Americas, and Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Argus Software Inc.

The Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE Americas) is preparing to merge with PISCES Ltd to form OSCRE International. Bruce Kellogg, chair of OSCRE America, explains how the merger will impact on the development of global standards for real estate commerce. BF: How will the merger effect the ongoing development of standards for real estate commerce and operations. BK: The merger of OSCRE and PIS ...

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60 Seconds with Rob McClintock, Director of Research of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Rob McClintock is Director of Research of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and state liaison for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a $50-million collaboration between the Commonwealth, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. BF: How quickly will the CCAM be up and running, and where will it be located? RM: CCAM will be located on a 10-acre site near the southern entrance ...

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60 Seconds with William M. Sloan, of Counsel with the Law Firm Morrison & Foerster

William Sloan is of counsel with the law firm Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He sits on the Climate Change Advisory Committee for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. He formerly held positions in the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Justice BF: Assuming "cap-and-trade" legislation now before Congress becomes law, what will be the primary impac ...

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60 Seconds with Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and President of U.S. Green Building Council

BF: Which U.S. areas would you identify as "LEED"ers in sustainable building? RF: Each region is different and has its own unique environmental priorities and needs. I've been excited to see the work being done in the American Southwest recently, which is a region with an obvious and pressing priority: water conservation. We're hosting our annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Phoenix thi ...

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60 Seconds with Alex Brigham, Executive Director, Ethisphere Institute

BF: What factors or qualities are considered paramount for the Ethisphere Institute to designate a company as ethical? AB: More than 70 criteria make up a company's Ethics Quotient score. Critical factors include: 1. How robust is the corporate compliance and ethics program? Examples include the quality of its code of ethics and related     ethics training and communication; effectivenes ...

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60 Seconds with Dr. Horst Domdey, Managing Director, BioM-Munich Biotech Cluster

BF: How does Munich rank in Germany, and also within Europe, as a competitive location for biotech companies? HD: In the past 10 to 15 years, the Munich Biotech Cluster has been able to reach the undeniable number one position, at least within Germany. In Munich, the first commercial biotech activities started in the early nineties, and due to the strong support of the Bavarian Government––directly or indir ...

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60 Seconds with Rick Sievertsen, VP of Client Solutions, Advantage IQ

BF: When analyzing a company's expenditures, in which utility charges can Advantage IQ find the most significant savings opportunities? RS: Focus on the areas where you have the greatest expense and hence the greatest opportunity for cost savings. If you spend the most on electricity, look closely at your electricity costs and consumption. If you have a high natural gas requirement, you may want to look mor ...

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60 Seconds with Steve McKenna, Allied Van Lines, Vice President of Pricing and Contracts

BF: What economic advantages does Texas offer that have kept the state atop Allied's relocation destination list for the last four years? SM: Texas is often at the top our list due to a number of factors. First, it's a large state with a large population; therefore, it's likely to have a greater percentage of activity. The large metropolitan areas in Texas have diversified their economies over the last 20 y ...

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