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Area Development Magazine - April, 2016

Creating an innovative culture that supports manufacturing requires strategically designed public private partnerships. In the attached article, Dan Levine examines best practices from both the university and the manufacturer's perspective and describes some of the characteristics that differentiate basic and advanced manufacturers.
Best Practices for Creating an Innovative, Advanced ...

World's Most Competitive Cities - November, 2015

Oxford Economics was very pleased to partner with Site Selection Magazine to create this ranking of the world's most competitive cities. This was a great application of our global city databank which provides forecasts for over 3,000 cities and regions around the world. "The report demonstrates that talent and investment continue to flow disproportionately to the most globally connected cities" said Dan Levine, practice leader, Location Strategies, at Oxford Economics. "The result is that these cities often have growth rates that are well in excess of their respective national economies".
World's Most Competitive Cities - 2015 - Conway Data, Inc.

Consultants Connect - September, 2015

Dan Levine was recently voted one of the top 50 site selection consultants in North America. Please listen to the attached podcast in which Dan discusses strategies that communities large and small might consider to help attract new projects and investments.
North America's Top 50 Site Consultants - Consultant Connect

LATAM Airlines Group: Brazilian Hub - September, 2015

LATAM Air engaged Oxford Economics to help it determine the economic impact of a proposed airport hub in the northeast of Brazil. Dan Levine presented the study's findings to the Governors of the three Brazilian states under consideration as possible sites for the new hub (Fortaleza, Natal or Recife). The study included detailed field visits to each of the three locations.
Consulting firm Oxford Economics release study of...

Site Selection International- April, 2015

Many technology companies rely on projected trends and forecasts to anticipate where talent might be recruited or strategic facilities located. In this short briefing, we analyze how emerging trends in the electronics industries affect companies and communities ranging from California to Southeast Asia and potentially Eastern Europe.
http://www.siteselection.com/ssinternational/2015/apr/analysis.cfm

Area Development – February, 2015

Increasing manufacturing output is making an outsized contribution to rising GNP; yet employment is declining. Do these numbers make sense? What industries are expected to grow or decline? Why are aging structures and tightening vacancy rates going to drive new manufacturing projects in the very near future? For answers, please read:The Manufacturing Paradox: Output Up, Employment Down

Business Facilities - January , 2015

Too often we think of economic development in terms of northern versus southern states. When we examine and forecast economic activity at the metro level, a different picture emerges. The real divide is between east and west, and at the metro level, the west is winning that competition. Concentrations of advanced manufacturing are one reason why. http://businessfacilities.com/2015/01/west-leads-in-advanced-manufacturing/

Roundtable in the Rockies - March, 2013

Please join us at the upcoming Roundtable in Vail, Colorado where Dan Levine will speak on "Post Recession Site Selection: How have projects changed?" Site selection projects are all about improving EBITDA and not so much about expanding operations. What does that mean for your community? To register: http://www.industryweek.com/roundtable-rockies-0

Area Development Magazine- October, 2012

Top States Commentary: Survey of Location ... Area Development Dan Levine observes that interstate rankings of state competitiveness are often disconnected from the real economy. Many of the states with the fastest rates of job growth and lowest unemployment rates do not show up in the survey as being competitive in a single category. There is more to competiveness than the availability of incentives.

The Tampa Tribune - July 2, 2012

Upfront money to draw businesses includes risk | TBO.com. States are often reluctant to provide upfront money to new projects before performance metrics are met. However, upfront assistance is precisely what companies value most when large initial moving expenses are involved. How should risk be balanced?

Chief Executive Magazine - May, 2012

What Really Motivates CEOs to Invest in Some States and Not ... Costs do drive the relocation process- but only once the search has been narrowed to a competition between locations that otherwise satisfy the key strategic business requirements and objectives of the target company.

Southern Economic Development Council- May, 2012

Current shared service, back office and call center projects are driven by a need to improve performance metrics. Compensation at new facility is more tightly linked to performance, staffing is typically contract-to hire, more part-time agents or reps. Span-of-control issues matter as well. http://www.sedc.org/associations/10243/files/Back%20Office-%20Levine.pdf

Area Development Magazine- January, 2012

Refocused Economic Development: Less ... - Area Development…. The interstate competition for jobs has proven to be a distraction from more promising economic development strategies such as focusing more resources on the needs of distressed workers and communities. Better alignment between federal and state policies would make the strategies outlined in this article that much more effective and help to leverage scarce public resources better.

Chicago Daily Herald- October, 2011

Despite its financial problems, states still want Sears. Incentives serve a political as well as an economic development purpose. Regardless of whether the incentive is an effective economic development tool, simply offering the incentive provides a very public mechanism for political leadership to demonstrate their engagement in high profile business projects.

New Jersey Biz- May, 2011

Taking aim at job creation as Ft. Monmouth closes. Brief discussion of why public officials will have a very narrow window of opportunity to recruit companies to Fort Monmouth after the base shuts down operations later this year. Talent dissipates quickly when local economic engine leaves the region.

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government- March, 2011

Dan Levine led a Kennedy School seminar entitled “State Economic Development & Fiscal Federalism: Mapping a New Direction�?. In an era of fiscally broke states and a retrenching federal government, how might economic development resources be better leveraged and aligned? Please contact Dan if you are interested in receiving a synopsis of this presentation.

Las Vegas Review - Journal- March, 2011

Summerlin's new tech center brings optimism. Las Vegas has established a new business incubator to encourage start-up companies focused on meeting the technology demands of the hospitality industry. Dan Levine notes that incubators that leverage core community strengths (like the hospitality industry in Las Vegas) tend to be the most successful.

India Knowledge at Wharton- February, 2011

Putting Business before Sentiment: India's Latest Investment Rush .... The State of Gujarat is positioned to attract more foreign direct investment than almost any other region in India. Part of its success results from the determination of the state’s political leadership to build “knowledge partnerships�? between business and universities; a strategy that Dan Levine notes has proven effective in U.S. communities as well. Dan also comments on other lessons that are transferable between comparable regions in the US and the State of Gujarat.

Site Selection Magazine- November, 2010

Incentives and the Interstate Competition for Jobs. Incentives have become hugely expensive and proven themselves largely ineffective during the current economic slowdown. Yet because states must compete with one another, the incentive programs keep getting richer and richer (a classic zero sum game). This article proposes that revisiting the federal tax treatment of state incentives is one way to slow down the interstate competition for jobs. Almost all states face the twin problems of structural fiscal imbalance and slow economic growth. With so many new faces recently elected to statehouses across the country this might be the right time for the states to collectively decide to try new and vastly more promising approaches to economic development.

New Jersey Biz- September, 2010

Think-tank puts business-attraction program in its crosshairs | nj. Like many states, some New Jersey policymakers are concerned about the increasing cost and apparently diminishing effectiveness of some state incentive programs. Sometimes though incentives do matter most, when they seem to matter the least.

Journal of MultiState Taxation- June, 2010

How State Budget Woes Might Affect Your Business. Spending cuts at the state level inevitably mean that local spending will be commensurately reduced or property taxes will rise. Employee dissatisfaction with their home community and resulting recruitment and retention difficulties, may accelerate a company’s need and willingness to move to a lower-cost location.

New Jersey Biz- April, 2010

Pharma plans new strategies to keep jobs, investments in N.J. Major pharmaceutical companies are implementing new research and development strategies that will result in their outsourcing more than 50% or research and development to third parties. This creates unique opportunities for research universities and extreme challenges for those locations currently hosting large R&D facilities.

Area Development Magazine- January, 2010

24th Annual Corporate Survey Analysis by Daniel Levine ... One surprise in this year’s survey was that an equal number of respondents opened facilities as shut them down during the past year….. Because most of the increased profit reported by S&P companies during the past year has resulted from cost cutting (especially reducing employment), companies are sitting on vast quantities of surplus property. Unless top line revenue growth resumes in earnest (and new hires start filling vacant space), tight commercial real estate financing will remain a top concern throughout 2010.

Area Development Magazine- September, 2009

Keeping Jobs At Home: Strategies That Work Weak labor and real estate markets, slow top line revenue growth at most companies and much less foreign direct investment means fewer corporate projects during this coming year. What can states do to leverage corporate relationships and what can companies do to more effectively partner with public institutions in their communities? This article explores a few strategies that work.

Site Selection Magazine- July, 2009

Cases Studies in Cooperation. How Universities and private industry can maximize their proximity and their job-creation potential. From technology transfer to the outsourcing of corporate research and development; learn how innovative universities are positioning their communities for growth.

Dallas Business Journal- June, 2009

Observation regarding the strength of the Dallas/Fort Worth Region for recruitment of financial services companies; particularly as recession winds down.