Executive Analysis

Business Facilities highlights area economic development and site selection news from around the world. Economic development creates opportunities to grow state, local and metro areas, which are essential for economic growth, improved quality of life and community development.



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Expatriates Vote Singapore Best Place to Live and Work

Singapore has earned the top spot in the eighth annual Expat Explorer country league table, with expatriates praising the city-state’s opportunities for career development, appealing salaries, and an excellent quality of life.
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New Study Ranks States by Lowest and Highest Effective Tax Rates

A new study from The Tax Foundation in collaboration with KPMG LLP provides business leaders and policymakers with a comparison of actual state tax burdens faced by real-world business.
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SBA Awards $17.4M To Promote Small Business Global Trade

Small businesses across the country will have access to $17.4 million in funding to help them compete in the global marketplace, thanks to the Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement of 40 awards from the agency's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program.
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Global Biotech Firms Target New Locations in Emerging Markets

JLL’s 2015 Life Sciences Outlook Report identifies top global destinations for talent, sales, science and the trends driving international growth
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European Corporations And Start-Ups Must Collaborate Or Fail

European corporations and start-ups must collaborate more and better on innovation if Europe is to remain internationally competitive, according to a new World Economic Forum report.

Seaport Industrial Real Estate Occupancy Exceeds Expectations

JLL’s seventh annual Seaports Outlook reports historically high occupancy and escalating demand for space.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate 2015-16

Demographic shifts – the impact of retiring Baby Boomers and the rise of the Millennial generation – will likely have the most significant impact on real estate near- and long-term, according to The Counselors of Real Estate’s official CRE® 2015-16 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate.

Survey: U.S. CFOs’ Business Confidence Reaches Post-Recession High

U.S. chief financial officers are approaching the second half of 2015 with increased optimism in the global economy and their businesses.
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P3 Used To Achieve High-performance Buildings

Building owners and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in the performance of buildings. The P3 approach is being explored for facilities.
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Opportunities And Challenges For Small And Midsized U.S. Manufacturing Businesses

Customer insights reveal that proximity to U.S. customers is a key competitive advantage.
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Aluminum Industry Partners With Department Of Energy

The Department of Energy and the aluminum industry partner to help create more jobs for an energy efficient economy.

Research Finds Land Use Decision-Making Remains Local

Since the turn of the last century, climate change, economic development, social justice and community revitalization have risen to the top of the land use planning agenda.
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Study Shows Potential Of Academic Research To State And Local Economic Development

The Council of State Governments (CGS) will distribute the report to state officials, academic institutions and stakeholder organizations to underscore the value of state-based research as a contributing factor to economic growth potential.
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NASA Invests In Hundreds Of U.S. Small Businesses To Enable Future Missions

NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA manages the SBIR program for STMD. NASA's 10 centers manage individual projects.

ULI Forecast For CRE: Strength And Growth Through 2017

The latest Urban Land Institute Forecast for the real estate economy sees three years of continued strength, with the industry set for sustainable growth in 2015 through 2017.
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Manufacturers Remain Optimistic Despite Growing Concerns Around Strong U.S. Dollar

U.S. manufacturers plan to hire skilled workers and invest in businesses, while overseas expansion declines, reflecting elevated concern regarding the strong dollar and increased foreign competition, according to PwC's Q1 2015 Manufacturing Barometer.
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Cracking The Code Behind The World’s Strongest Companies

New report from The Conference Board examines the DNA of high-performing organizations.
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Listen Now: Living And Learning In Lubbock, Texas, With John Osborne, CEO, Lubbock EDA

Lubbock EDA CEO John Osborne discusses business climate and downtown revitalization in the Business Facilities Podcast.
2024 Business Facilities Economic Development Organization Awards

2024 Business Facilities Economic Development Organization Awards

Business Facilities' 2024 EDO Awards recognize efforts and initiatives that make a difference in communities across North America.
Business Facilities May / June 2024 issue, Supply Chain Strategies

May / June 2024 Issue: Looking A Few Steps Ahead

Business Facilities' May / June 2024 issue focuses on site selection and supply chain strategies. Plus, foreign direct investment, the automotive industry, and our 2024 EDO Award winners.

[VIDEO] Camp Hall – A Next Generation Commerce Park in South Carolina

Camp Hall is a first-of-its-kind, master-planned industrial work space located in Charleston, S.C. As a convergence of people, place and programming, Camp Hall delivers thoughtful infrastructure and logistical features that empower people — and business — to thrive.

Location Spotlight: Colorado’s Grand Junction – Where Business Meets Adventure

The Grand Junction area is the largest metropolitan area in western Colorado, with the amenities and infrastructure companies need to operate globally. Situated halfway between Denver and Salt Lake City, the Grand Junction area is easily accessible by air, rail, highway, and WiFi.