The Business Facilities Podcast

The Business Facilities Podcast focuses on strategies to help business owners and site selectors make the best location choices for their company.

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2 days ago

Lubbock (Texas) Economic Development Alliance CEO John Osborne discusses the current state of Lubbock’s economy, how downtown revitalization has generated more interest in the area and much more.

Friday Jan 26, 2024

Taking the helm in Fall 2023, Aaron Demerson, President & CEO of Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC) delves into his vision to continue to grow the state's success. With workforce as one driving force, the Lone Star State is firing on all cylinders as a desirable location for new and existing businesses across all industries.

Friday Oct 20, 2023

Workforce remains a top factor in site selection. Companies in aerospace and defense are no exception. Jeff Troan, Managing Director at Vista Site Selection, discusses the data analytics tool his firm employs to work with clients to identify locations that offer the workforce demographics they require. His experience in the aerospace industry includes three decades at Lockheed Martin, and he brings this perspective to discussion. We caught up with Troan at Business Facilities LiveXchange in Columbus, OH to discuss the value of data analytics and site selection for aerospace and defense projects.

Thursday Oct 19, 2023

As President of State Tax Credits at OnCentive, Sabrina Champagne and her team work with companies during their relocation and expansion projects to ensure these clients are capturing all the federal, state, and local tax credits available to the company's specific situation. A proactive and dedicated focus on tax credits helps to reduce the total scope of these projects, both during and after the initial relocation or expansion.  We caught up with Champagne at Business Facilities LiveXchange in Columbus, OH to discuss several ways companies can benefit.

Monday Oct 16, 2023

As Founder and President of SelectGlobal, Michael Edgar works with companies and communities to create foreign direct investment solutions. With a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, Edgar provides a quick insight on factors that add up to achieving FDI project success. We caught up with him at Business Facilities LiveXchange Emerging Industries in Columbus, OH.

Tuesday Aug 15, 2023

With the proliferation high growth, tech centric industry that includes advanced manufacturing, data centers, electric vehicles, chip manufacturing, and AI and robotics, both site selectors and communities are adapting to new and evolving requirements for company relocation and expansion projects. In this podcast, we interview Mike Grella of Grella Partnership Strategies and Carl Nelson of Infrastructure Ready to talk about what they're seeing in their work for these sectors. 

Wednesday Aug 02, 2023

The wave of companies looking to reshore and nearshore their manufacturing operations shows no sign of abating. Rosemary Coates, Founder and Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, shares her perspective on planning and implementing a return to the U.S., including the rebuilding of domestic supply chains across the U.S for traditional and emerging industries. 

Wednesday Jun 07, 2023

You’re ready to relocate or expand, but do the locations on the shortlist have the people you need to keep business moving and thriving? Across industries, the ongoing shortage of skilled or ready to train employees makes workforce one of the tougher items on today’s site selection checklist. This panel discussion with site selectors, recorded at the 2023 Business Facilities LiveXchange, covers insights from their experiences, as well as a look at what might be changing for 2023.

Wednesday May 24, 2023

Recorded at the 2023 Business Facilities LiveXchange, this presentation by Taylor Murray of Maxis Advisors discusses business incentives for expanding or relocating companies. What kinds of incentives are most impactful for a project? How do economic incentives and tax policy affect site selection decisions? Taylor also discusses national and state level policy trends that affect economic development and how client companies evaluate these trends in their site selection searches.

Tuesday May 23, 2023

Recorded at the 2023 Business Facilities LiveXchange, this presentation by Dr. Anirban Basu of Sage Policy Group provides in-depth analysis of the major factors shaping economic outcomes, including central bank policymaking, worker attitudes, business confidence, and geopolitics. It then turns toward a forecast for the year to come, highlighting the major risks that economic stakeholders will likely encounter.


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