News and Insights

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
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
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.
Identifying and understanding land use regulations is critical to the success of both site selection projects and long-term company operations. Learn more about how land use regulations impact property development in this installment of Insights from Quest’s Kim Williams Davis.
Maximizing your tax savings requires looking beyond traditional economic development incentives. Significant financial benefits can be achieved through cost segregation. If you’re interested in saving money on your next project, check out the latest edition of Insights to gain perspective from Terri Johnson of Capstan Tax Strategies.
The next installment of our Insights series highlights the location variables that impact construction costs. David Hardy provides his perspective from more than 25 years in site and facility design.