Category: Site selection

New Density Report Highlights Where Jobs Are and Aren’t Clustering in the US

The trend for the past decade has been for jobs to cluster in already dense urban areas, even more so than researchers expected. What does this mean for suburban and rural communities?

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Key Takeaways from the Amazon HQ2 Search and its Aftermath

The biggest economic development news story of the past decade got even bigger when Amazon announced they were pulling out of their New York office. Now that the Amazon HQ2 search process is (seemingly) over, experts are taking a step back to see what we can learn from the whole affair.

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Amazon Emboldens Activists with Decision to Leave NYC Office

Amazon’s decision to abandon its proposed office in Long Island City, NY is a major win for local politicians and activists that were opposed to the deal and may signal the start of a nationwide movement.

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Big Incentive Deals Land Amazon, Foxconn in Hot Water

As incentive deals for companies are growing well into the billions, opposition to these types of deals is growing as well.

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Talent Set New York and Virginia Apart From Other HQ2 Finalists

The recent announcement that Amazon’s second and third headquarters will be in Long Island City, NY and Crystal City, VA prompted many to ask “Why New York? Why Virginia?” and the answer is: talent.

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Site Selection Trends in the Technology Industry

This article was originally published in Trade & Industry Development.

By Chris Engle, Principle, Avalanche Consulting

The technology industry has become one of the most dominant drivers of the U.S. economy today, as it permeates more aspects of consumer life and business strategy. Urgency now exists for companies to identify the best technology workforce to ensure dominance in their field. Despite low levels of unemployment, there is still fear that technology and automation will soon start to displace workers at levels never before seen (at least those tasks that can be automated). When Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011, “Software is eating the world,” he could have continued the sentence with, “and is coming to eat your lunch.”

Defining the technology industry is difficult in the age of pervasive ecommerce and business process optimization. This article reviews trends in new technologies and how they are changing the competitive landscape for technology producers – those industries such as software development and electronics manufacturing that deliver the technology products that everyone uses. It will also discuss trends in technology workforce, both where they are located today and where top technology graduates can be found. Finally, the article will offer strategic insights to help technology companies as well as technology-driven companies find their best locations for long-term success. Continue reading “Site Selection Trends in the Technology Industry”