News and Insights

While the criteria for assessing labor force during site selection projects almost always include availability, skill sets, and wages, another aspect of workforce that is often considered is unionization. For some companies, the union climate of an area is an important factor in their site selection decision. Union data is available in the public realm, but there are challenges with the functional application of the data. In this installment of Insights, Reid Schultz shares the history of unionization in the United States and provides guidance on the assessing union climate in locations under consideration.
Prolonged supply chain issues have made us hyper-aware of the influential role that ports have on logistics and just how important they are to our transportation infrastructure. Evaluating ports, including port capacities, is a strategic part of many site selection projects. In this Insights edition, Laura Smith Swankler provides an overview of maritime transportation and shares the recent investments that The Port of Virginia has made to optimize their facilities.
Trade compliance is essential for a company establishing operations in the United States. In this edition of Insights, Joseph W. Rohe of 6125 Trade LLC shares how implementing a well-developed, structured, and tailored trade compliance program ensures compliance with applicable laws and provides opportunities for cost savings.
Workforce consistently ranks as a top factor in site selection decisions. Workforce training programs play a critical role in developing the skill sets necessary for success. In the February 2022 edition of Insights, Kim Williams Davis shares details about employee training programs and other considerations in building the talent pipeline.
Automation, technology, and the workforce are forcing changes in the metalworking and fabrication industry. To learn more about the industry and the outlook for the future, see the latest installment of Insights by Lindsey Cannon. The published version of this article, which is featured in the Q2 2021 edition of Trade & Industry Development, can be viewed at https://lnkd.in/dMbbQcE.
Do you know how many miles of freight rail are in the United States? For the answer as well as information on rail transportation solutions and rail considerations in the site selection process, see this month’s Insights on rail transportation by Grant Chaney of R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC.
Considering a corporate headquarters relocation? While the risks can be high, the rewards can be significantly higher. A location change can be key in positioning a company for long-term growth and success. In the latest installment of Insights, Kim Williams Davis shares the primary drivers for headquarters relocation projects. The published version of this article, which is featured in the March/April 2021 edition of Expansion Solutions magazine, can be viewed at https://lnkd.in/eH3HxxX.
When constructing a facility, front-end planning for a project provides substantial savings and enhanced performance. Sacrificing project planning for the sake of upfront speed or cost can be detrimental to project success. This month, John Baker of O’Neal, Inc. provides details on the process and benefits of project planning.
Leveraging incentive negotiations can minimize risks and maximize return on investment for capital projects. In this edition of Insights, Lindsey Cannon provides guidance about the types of incentives available for capital investment projects, how and when incentives factor into the site selection process, and key considerations for maximizing incentive potential.
Electric utility providers deliver an imperative service for site selection projects, but many power companies play a much larger role in the economic development process. Lee Johnson of Tennessee Valley Authority illuminates the ways in which electric providers impact the process and the data they need from companies in order to provide the most value.
The Geography of Business is more than just a catchy tagline. Executing multi-state site selection searches for Quest clients requires an expertise in location analysis, supported by the use of geographic information systems. Dewey Evans outlines some of the ways in which GIS benefits the site selection process in the latest Insights.
Curious about real estate leasing strategies that can mitigate risk and preserve capital? In this edition of Insights, Richard Blackwell of Agracel, Inc. shares how real estate can be used as a tool to help achieve business goals.