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David Hickey presents on attracting talent and competitiveness at MICHauto 2017 North American International Auto Show

MICHauto 2017 North American International Auto Show David Hickey, Senior Director of H&A, presented to Michigan state legislators on the competitive environment for talent attraction in the United States as part of the MICHauto 2017 North American International Auto Show. The presentation benchmarked Michigan’s talent and training-related programs against 10 competing automotive states and highlighted the importance of the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund(STTF). Hickey stressed the importance of further developing incentive programs to remain competitive in today’s dynamic environment. MICHauto is an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber serving as a platform for collaboration on advocacy, awareness of business attraction, and...
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H&A Media Contribution: Strategies for Today’s U.S. Plastics Industry Site Selection

    H&A’s David Hickey, Senior Director, was recently featured in Trade and Industry Development’s Q4 issue. Strategies for Today’s U.S. Plastics Industry Site Selection outlines key factors to consider for plastic industry leaders when analyzing locations. Plastics play a key role in daily life and the plastics industry is integral to the American economy. With a dynamic future, site selection evaluation is becoming more vital to discover the most effective location for industry related companies. Below are highlights of Strategies for Today’s U.S. Plastics Industry Site Selection. To enjoy the full article, please click this link. Energy Costs and Infrastructure A key factor...
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H&A’s David Hickey leads panel at the 2016 SelectUSA Canada Conference

SelectUSA Canada Conference 2016 H&A’s David Hickey, Senior Director, lead off SelectUSA’s panel on Site Selection, Workforce Solutions, and Incentives at the SelectUSA Canada Conference in Montreal in early December. The discussion covered best practices on assessing a potential investment location, available resources to explore industry clusters, transportation linkages, proximity to supply chains, conducting workforce availability analyses, and pursuing public incentives. H&A is honored to have participated in several SelectUSA events since its inception in 2013. The panel was moderated by Vincent Allard, President of CorpoMax Inc and David was joined by industry leaders, Isabel Cyr, Senior Consultant, CAI Global Group, and...
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H&A Media Contribution: Workforce Trends Driving Location Strategies

Workforce Trends Driving Location Strategies   Recently, H&A’s Steve Bonine, Principal, was featured in a supplemental article for Area Development‘s Q4 issue. Workforce Trends Driving Location Strategies discusses “ground-truthing” in labor analytics and its role in site location strategy. Now more than ever, the availability of a suitable labor pool and total cost of labor drives the ultimate placement of a new or expanded facility. It is critical to get beyond the basic statistics and holistically understand the strengths and shortcomings of a location’s workforce: • You need to understand workforce by location as it impacts your site selection process; • Actionable labor analytics...
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H&A Media Contribution – Enterprise Zones: Opportunity Requiring Due Diligence

David Hickey, Senior Director of H&A, was featured in the Q4 Issue of Area Development. “Enterprise Zones: Opportunity Requiring Due Diligence” provides a brief history of enterprise zones and key factors to evaluate before investing. The article emphasizes the importance of due diligence when faced with decisions involving enterprise zones.   To enjoy this read in full, click here; highlights below.   Enterprise Zones: Opportunity Requiring Due Diligence By: David Hickey   History of Enterprise Zones Enterprise zones were first developed in Great Britain and implemented by the Conservative Party government of Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980’s. The initial concept, credited by many...
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