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From Site Selection magazine, July 2016

Locations of the Future


Which countries and metros deserve a “Location of the Future” designation is highly subjective. It depends on what your company does, where it needs to operate and what you consider to be the leading site criteria. This exercise is meant simply to depict, in the word clouds, which countries and cities were referenced most often in a recent survey of site selectors who were asked where they were most likely to invest in the next five years in a given world region. Non-location terms in the clouds are included according to the frequency with which they were mentioned by the respondents as factors they associate with those countries and metros.

The survey, conducted in the spring, also asked in which industry sectors they were most likely to invest in the locations they favored. The pie charts show where the action will be in each region, which reflects what those locations are clearly good at. They likely are already clusters for those sectors, or they may soon be. This exercise isn’t scientific, but it points to the locations on the minds of your peers.

North American Graphic HR

South and Central America Graphic HR

Eastern Europe Graphic HR

Western Europe Graphic HR

Asia Pacific Graphic HR

Middle East and Africa Graphic HR

Mark Arend
Editor in Chief of Site Selection magazine

Mark Arend

Mark Arend has been editor in chief of Site Selection magazine since 2001. Prior to joining the editorial staff in 1997, he worked for 10 years in New York City at Wall Street Computer Review, ABA Banking Journal and Global Investment Technology. Mark graduated from the University of Hartford (Conn.) in 1985 and lives near Atlanta, Georgia.


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