The Project: Inside Corporate Location Decisions
By Development Counsellors Internationals
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“The Project: Inside Corporate Location Decisions” looks at a new company every two weeks and shares the “behind the scenes” story of their relocation or expansion. Using an NPR-like format, co-hosts Andy Levine and Patience Fairbrother from Development Counsellors International (DCI) interview both company and community officials to detail the intense competition for jobs and capital investment.
||CleanRise of the Co-Bots: LiveTiles Selects Rochester for Intelligent User Experience Hub||Imagine never having to file an expense report again. Sounds pretty good, right? This and other workplace efficiencies are the mission of LiveTiles, a fast-growth Australian company specialized in integrating automation technology and user experience...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf You Build It…We Will Grow: Ceres Nanosciences Utilizes New Accelerator to Scale Up||According to Brookings Institution research, there are approximately 700 business incubators or accelerators in the United States. Accelerators and incubators offer entrepreneurs good opportunities early on. Company founders get help to quickly grow...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnd Then The CEO Said, “Let’s Build A Colosseum”||Jackson Healthcare, one of the nation's largest healthcare staffing firms, recently broke ground on a $100 million expansion for its corporate headquarters that will accommodate 1,400 new associates. Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, the company...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Long and Winding Road: How an $87.5 Million Hotel Gets Built in Rockford, Illinois||Back in 2012, Larry Morrissey, the now-retired Mayor of Rockford, Illinois and Gary Gorman, Chairman of the development company, Gorman and Company, sat at a hotel bar in Shanghai, China over a glass of scotch. It was the beginning of a six-year...||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNext Practices in Site Selection: Insights from the Site Selectors Guild||The Site Selectors Guild Annual Conference is arguably the most important conference in the world of corporate location decisions. So, naturally, we took “The Project” on the road to Cincinnati, Ohio to hear from some of the smartest minds in...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing the Distance: How Rhea County Landed Nokian Tyres’ First North American Plant||This week we bring you the story of Nokian Tyres, the world’s northernmost tire manufacturer. The Finland-based company announced plans last year to invest $360 million to build its first North American plant in Rhea County, Tennessee. The battle...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCardone Industries Grows in Harlingen, Texas: The Power of Trust, a Tax Exemption and a Football Rivalry||You might call Cardone Industries America’s original green manufacturer. Founded in 1970, the company specializes in remanufacturing used automobile parts – items like brake calipers, drive shafts, steering pump and camshaft synchronizers....||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Conversation with Richard Florida about Amazon HQ2: “Now is the Time for a Reset.”||Dr. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis, did something unusual last week. After conferring with other leading experts on cities, he created a “Support for a Non-Aggression Pact on Amazon HQ2” petition..||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehind the Mercedes-Benz Expansion: An Unlikely Win for Rural Bibb County, Alabama||Mercedes-Benz has been successfully building vehicles in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for twenty years. But with a decision to move forward with two major expansion projects -- an 800,000 square foot global logistics center and a 1.3 million square foot...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTop Consultants Forecast Site Selection Trends for 2018||So what does 2018 look like in terms of site selection? Will Amazon’s HQ2 search process be replicated by other companies? What will happen in the area of foreign direct investment? And how will the recently approved tax bill impact investment...||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cost of Corporate Culture and Why It Pays to Stay: M&M Industries Expands in Chattanooga, TN||In November 2017, M&M Industries announced a $42 million expansion in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the company has been based since its founding in 1986. The manufacturer of plastic containers for the chemical, paint and bioscience clients looked...||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvoqua Upgrades Corporate Image with Move to Downtown Pittsburgh||Evoqua Water Technologies moved just 20 miles from suburban Warrendale, Pennsylvania to the top floors of a 37-story corporate office building in the heart of Pittsburgh’s central business district. The company press release said it was all about...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAs One Door Closes…How Bluffton, Indiana Lost and Gained a Major Manufacturer in 6 Months||When a manufacturer announces plans to shut down its plant in a rural community, it’s not often followed by good news. But for Bluffton, Indiana, the loss of a major employer was the start of positive change and, ultimately, a happy ending. This...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlabama Bets the Farm on Mercedes-Benz (and Wins)||"Tell me if this is true or false. If it's true, I'm gonna throw you out this window." This was one of the more colorful exchanges when a member of the Alabama economic development team confronted a Mercedes-Benz negotiator with a USA Today...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30 Hutterite Colonies, 800,000 Chickens and 1 Economic Developer||This week we bring you a bit of an unusual site selection story involving Montana Eggs, a company formed as a partnership of 30 Hutterite colonies, a denomination of communal Anabaptists, like the Amish and Mennonites, in Montana. In September 2017,...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New York Times Solves Amazon’s HQ2 Puzzle: An Interview with Reporter Emily Badger||Of the hundreds of articles written about Amazon’s HQ2 search, only one publication has taken the bold step to apply the criteria outlined in Amazon’s public request for proposal and independently conduct its own search. That was The New York...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTech on the Bayou? Looking Back at IBM’s Surprising Decision to Locate in Baton Rouge||In March 2013, IBM shocked the tech community with its plan to build an 800-job technology center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In our second episode of “The Big Deal” series, we take a look at the impact of this major announcement on Baton Rouge and..||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Will Win $1.6 Billion Toyota/Mazda Plant? Site Consultants Speculate||On August 4, 2017, the presidents of Toyota and Mazda held a joint press conference and announced they had formed a joint-venture to construct a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in the United States. US governors and their economic development chiefs...||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNorth Carolina Wins Second Infosys Innovation Hub…Who is Next?||In May 2017, India-based IT consulting firm Infosys announced plans to hire 10,000 workers across four new innovation and technology hubs in the U.S. The first hub was announced for Indianapolis in May and, in July, it was announced that the second...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Curious Case of Foxconn: Site Selection in the Age of Trump||On Wednesday, July 26, Foxconn announced its decision to build a $10 billion manufacturing plant in Wisconsin with the promise to create at least 3,000 jobs. In return, the Taiwanese company will receive $3 billion in incentives from the State of...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Potato…Two Potato…The Little Potato Company Builds U.S. Headquarters in Wisconsin||With over 300 employees and facilities in Edmonton and Prince Edward Island, Canada, The Little Potato Company isn’t exactly small potatoes. The company has experienced double-digit growth since 2012 and finally decided it was time to set-up its...||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBMW and South Carolina…The Big Deal That Almost Never Happened||This week, we bring you a new sub-series called “The Big Deal,” which takes a look at some of the biggest economic development deals in history and how they impacted communities. We start with BMW’s decision to bring its first facility outside...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChina’s Ruyi Group Finds “High Cotton” in Arkansas||The Shandong Ruyi Technology Group is a privately-held textile manufacturer based in China that employs 20,000 people around the globe. The company already had operations everywhere from Japan to Italy, but determined in 2015 that it was...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehind AETNA’S Headquarters Relocation Decision: Top Consultants Weigh In||On Thursday, June 29th, AETNA, Inc., a Fortune 50 insurance giant, announced a decision that had been months in the making. The company would relocate its corporate headquarters from Hartford, Connecticut, the company’s home base for 146 years, to...||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAct Two: Indian Pharmaceutical Company Grows in Fairfax County, Virginia||This week, we bring you the story of Granules Pharmaceuticals, an Indian manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals, which announced plans in May 2017 to invest $35 million and more than double its workforce in Fairfax County, Virginia. The company...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Data We Trust: How Companies Select Data Center Locations||As “big data” comes to the world of commerce, we’ve seen a major spike in the creation of new data centers for companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and IBM. To gain insight into this trend, we arranged an interview with Joe Suppers,..||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhoenix Rising: Quality of Life Drives Kudelski’s HQ Location Decision||This week we bring you the story of the Kudelski Group, a Swiss company that was looking to open its first corporate headquarters in North America. The company looked at three regions in the Western United States – Denver, San Francisco and Phoenix...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGame On- Trump Administration Moves Forward with SelectUSA||While a lot is changing in Washington this year, new Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently confirmed one important initiative that is full steam ahead. SelectUSA, a program focused on helping the United States attract more foreign direct investment,..||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalent, Talent, Talent: Citrix Picks North Carolina Over Georgia and Florida||For a multinational software company like Citrix, people are the secret sauce to success. We bring the story of how talent trumped just about every other factor that goes into a location decision to allow Raleigh, North Carolina to win a 400-job...||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalent, Facilities and Market Access Drive NEST iON to Rochester, New York||Welcome to our most international episode of “The Project” to date. NEST iON is a start-up company that manufactures specialized batteries for the law enforcement and security profession. The company was founded by a Spanish entrepreneur who...||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside the Site Selectors Guild||The Site Selectors Guild started in 2010 with a dozen or so individuals quietly agreeing to create the world’s first trade association of site selection consultants. Seven years later, the organization has been wildly successful growing their ranks...||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: A Guide to Winning Amazon’s Next Announcement||With plans to add 100,000 new, full-time, full-benefit jobs across the U.S. in the next 18 months, Amazon is the world's leading e-commerce company and one of the most sought-after companies for communities looking to attract jobs and investment. This..||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSweden, Germany or USA? Packsize Selects Utah for International Headquarters||Packsize is a pioneer in “on-demand packaging systems,” a technology that allows companies to create custom boxes for their products, reducing packaging volume by about 40 percent. With customers like Staples, Cabela’s and Boston Scientific, the..||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoodbye Atlanta…Hello Fayetteville: Menguin Thrives as Big Fish in a Small Pond||This week, we bring you the story of Menguin, a company that sought to bring the somewhat dated and often frustrating world of tuxedo rentals into the digital age with an online retail platform. The company was conceived on the campus of Indiana...||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Cyclist and An Engineer Invest $125 Million in Tennessee||In October 2016, three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond took the stage in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to announce one of the most significant developments in carbon fiber production over the past 50 years—the opening of his company, LeMond...||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Consultants Forecast Site Selection Trends for 2017||So what does 2017 look like in terms of site location decisions? How will the Trump Presidency impact corporate decision-making? And will new minimum wage increases in states like New York, California and Colorado change the landscape at all? “The...||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharles Schwab’s Crystal Ball: Projecting the Location of “Future Talent” Leads to Texas||Charles Schwab recently announced plans to build a $100 million campus that would initially house 1,200 staffers in Westlake, Texas, a growing suburb of Dallas. Understanding where the right financial services talent “is going to be” in the next...||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean Trump and Carrier Corp: The Deal That Saved 1,000 U.S. Jobs||It started with a Thanksgiving Day Tweet from Donald Trump: “I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier to stay in the U.S. MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!” On December 1st, just a week later, President-Elect Trump,...||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould I Stay or Should I Go? Illinois Manufacturer Weighs Move to Wisconsin||Vonco Products, a manufacturer of flexible packaging products with 80+ employees, recently announced plans to move its operations across state lines from Lake Villa, Illinois to Salem, Wisconsin. If you’re up on your Midwestern geography, you know...||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnder the Radar: Telecommunications Firm Quietly Explores Headquarters Relocation||Hotwire Communications is a fast-growing, privately held company that was rapidly outgrowing its headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. When they began exploring a new location, they did so quietly without the help of consultants or economic...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWaiting for Alorica||Alorica is a $2 billion company with 92,000 employees. And you’ve probably never heard of them. They are the largest customer engagement company in the United States and they run 162 centers in America. We’re going to mix things up a bit...||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGo West Young Firm… Tech Start-up Finds Home in Reno||The name of the company is CAEK – which stands for Catherine, Anna, Elizabeth, and Katie – four entrepreneurial women who started a software development company in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their growth plans will take them from 9 employees today to..||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIf You Build It…Will They Come? Dana, Toledo and the Spec Building||When Dana Incorporated was selected to supply axles for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, the company chose the Overland Industrial Park in Toledo, Ohio – the exact site where the first Jeeps were built in the 1940’s – as the site of its new...||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFast Growth Tech Company Finds New Home in Old Space||iCIMS, a technology firm that had been on the Inc. 500 list for ten years in a row, had outgrown its existing space. Based in Central New Jersey, they needed a new home that would be appeal to the company’s millennial talent. Their search took them...||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Executive Director, Asheville Buncombe EDC
Go behind the scenes of company location decisions in the most entertaining way. This is absolutely my favorite economic development podcast
Informative, inspiring and engaging
I'm really impressed with this podcast -- I am just two shows in, but I already love it. This podcast is easy to understand, and breaks information into small nuggets that are easy to digest, so you can absorb the entire show.
Well done and terrific production.
Finally an industry podcast!
DCi is off to a great start with this concept. Rarely do we have the opportunity to hear about projects like these post completion in deconstructed like this.
Can't wait to hear more in the coming weeks and months.