Site Selection and Comparative Analysis

Are We Looking At the Same Thing? - Spring 2009 - Vol. 21, No. 1 - available PDF file

This article examines two separate studies that measure the economic competitiveness of the 50 states based on fiscal and economic development measures.  While both studies examine a broad range of indicators, the studies’ findings are surprisingly divergent.  But does either study really evaluate the issues that are most relevant to a company’s industrial site selection decision?

Move Over Jesse: Kerry has his own Rainbow Coalition - Winter 2005 - Vol.16, No.1 - available PDF file

Deeper examination of the now-famous Red-versus-Blue county map adopted by the mainstream media shows surprising diversity in the regions that supported John Kerry in the last presidential election. This analysis compares and contrasts the demographic, economic and educational characteristics of the main regions of the U.S. that supported Kerry.

Internet-based Site Search? Please Lower Your Expectations - Fall 2004 - Vol.15, No. 4 - available PDF file

A recent research study among corporate real estate executives and economic development agencies sheds light on why so few corporate site seekers rely on the Internet as a research tool, and why it’s unlikely to be a valuable aid in the near future.

WISER Site Selection Model Upgraded - Spring 2002-Vol. 12, No.2 - available PDF file

The Walker Companies have made significant upgrades to our proprietary site selection optimization model, WISER. New data includes county-level inventory tax rates and freeport exemption levels for every county in the United States. In addition, the location of every intermodal facility in the US, as well as every terminal for the five largest LTL trucking firms in the country.

Report Card for the States - Fall 2000-Vol. 10, No.2 - available PDF file

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) grades the economic development climate in each state.

The Site Selection Process: It’s not all on the Internet - Fall 2000-Vol. 10, No.2 - available PDF file

Site selection decisions based on data on the Internet exposes the corporate user to significant risk. The Walker Companies’ WISERsm site selection optimization model eliminates many of these risks and allows access to data on costs and operating environment at the city or county level.

Playing the Incentive Game - Fall 1998-Vol. 9, No. 2 - available PDF file

State-by-state trends in the use of incentives and financial inducements to maintain and attract jobs and investment.

Something Has Got to Give - Spring 1998-Vol.9, No.1 - available PDF file

The results of a survey of 150 corporate executives on the most important site selection factors considered for their new investments. Labor availability is the number one consideration.

College Bills for Infants - Spring 1998-Vol.9, No.1 - available PDF file

State-by-state comparisons detailing which states have a prepaid tuition plan, passed or pending legislation, full tuition scholarships, or are undergoing a study to test their feasibility for the plan.

Why Pay More? - Fall 1997-Vol.8, No.2 - available PDF file

State-by-state comparison of manufacturing wages.

Captain Crunch - Fall 1997-Vol.8, No.2 - available PDF file

Increasing financial obligations due to un-funded mandates from the states are squeezing many of the country’s 3,000+ counties.

The Subsidized South - Spring 1997-Vol.8, No.1 - available PDF file

Comparison of balance of payments on a state-by-state basis, showing which states receive more in federal funding than their residents and businesses pay in federal income taxes.

Businesses are Crossing the Line - Spring 1997-Vol.8, No.1 - available PDF file

Large and small businesses are migrating across state lines in search of lower and more competitive operating cost environments. According to a study by Dun and Bradstreet 56,000 businesses were on the move (1991-1995) mostly to the Southeastern and Mountain states. Includes a state-by-state comparison of net business migration.

Over Employed Unemployment Funds - Fall 1996-Vol.7, No. 3 - request reprint

A state-by-state comparison of unemployment trust fund reserve levels.

Unhealthy Investment - Fall 1996-Vol.7, No. 3 - request reprint

Often overlooked in site selection analyses is the fiscal health of the communities under consideration. A starting point is to review municipal bond ratings, which decipher whether counties will have future problems in taxes, educational environment, etc.

Crime Doesn’t Pay - Summer 1996-Vol.7, No.3 - request reprint

A state-by-state comparison of crime rates.

Invest in Thyself - Spring 1996-Vol. 7, No.2 - request reprint

State economic development agency spending on growth of existing industry is on the rise.

Ever-Evolving Incentives - Fall 1995-Vol.7, No. 1 - request reprint

An examination of which site selection incentives are most important to industry, including examples of unique incentives offered to selected corporations.

Open Your Wallet and Say “Ouch” - Summer 1995-Vol.6, No.4 - request reprint

A country-by-country comparison of health spending as a percent of GNP, showing the staggering amount of money dedicated to healthcare in the US versus other nations.

America’s Low Wage Advantage - Summer 1995-Vol.6, No.4 - request reprint

A country-by-country comparison of manufacturing wage rates, including holiday pay, social security contributions and other benefits

Incentives: Redefining the Outer Limits? - Fall 1994-Vol.6, No. 1 - request reprint

In an effort to attract industry, communities are going beyond the standard enticements to differentiate themselves and elevate their visibility.

Small Town Rebound - Summer 1994-Vol.5, No.4 - request reprint

As more job opportunities open up and the quality-of-life advantages take precedence over the big town, rural counties grow by the millions.

Where Will Companies Locate in 1994? - Summer 1994-Vol.5, No.4 - request reprint

When it comes to new facilities, relocations, and expansions, the Southeast receives the most attention.

Will It Hurt Much? - Spring 1994-Vol.5, No.3 - request reprint

A state-by-state comparison of the change in the percent of persons with no health insurance coverage.

Comparing SAT Scores: Apples and Oranges - Fall 1992-Vol.4, No.2 - request reprint

An important variable that impacts SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) performance is the percentage of students who actually take the test. The data presented in the article may prove helpful in verifying the claims made by industrial recruiters regarding the quality of their school system.

NIMBY’S Flex Their Muscles - Fall 1992-Vol.4, No.2 - request reprint

An analysis of voter participation shows areas with high levels of voter turnout are more likely to restrict expansion of hazardous waste processing facilities, which may impact site selection decisions of companies that need to be in close proximity to such facilities.

Per Capita State Government Debt May Point to Long-Term Site Selection Problems - Fall 1992-Vol.4, No.2 - request reprint

A state-by-state comparison of per capita state government debt.

Landfill Capacity Shortfall Threatens Urban Manufacturers: Rural Areas Offer Attractive Alternative - Fall 1990-Vol.2, No.3 - request reprint

Urban and exurban counties have experienced the benefits of explosive growth, which are soon to be problematic as landfill capacities are absorbed and tipping fees increase. A solution could be significant amounts of recycling or the discovery of more inexpensive rural property for the landfills.

Waste Disposal Problems Loom - Summer 1990-Vol.2, No.2 - request reprint

State-by-state comparison of landfill capacities, and trends in tipping fees by region of the US.

Site Selection: Simplifying a Complex Issue - Spring 1990-Vol.2, No.1 - request reprint

Review of The Walker Companies' proprietary site selection optimization model and how it can be used to address complex location analysis problems.