Economic Development

We’ll help you select a site, and everything else.

Project development elements like site selection, master planning, and business climate analysis have become design firm buzzwords in the same light as blueprint, AutoCAD and sustainability.

This shift in thinking is the new reality design firms are embracing as industrial and manufacturing companies seek ways to shorten facility development lead times and bring their product to market faster than their nearest competitor.

Clients utilize a combination of our economic development services on the path to their next facility:

Site Feasibility Study – Is the site shovel ready? It should be for sale or lease. Environmental phases 1 and 2 are complete and a mitigation plan is in place. Utilities (water, wastewater, electric, gas and fiber) are at the site or plans exist to extend them to the site with required capacity.

Master Planning – This process takes into consideration the long term needs of the client (both public entities and corporate end-users) and often incorporates phased facility plans. The master plan serves as a “roadmap" for future projects and the information required to budget the necessary funds to complete additions and upgrades.

Program Management – In this role, the entire project is managed on behalf of the client allowing them to focus on their core business. This includes scheduling and sub-contract management. This is particularly important in manufacturing when operations must continue while bringing a new facility online.

Business Climate Analysis – Beyond regional and community demographics, the availability and responsiveness of state and local government decision makers is just as important as the economic development programs and policies that they manage. Communities with a track record of successfully establishing and expanding businesses are attractive.

Labor Market Analysis - Not only do we look for available qualified labor, but we also take into account the future pipeline of labor in the region.

Incentives Negotiation - Companies seek incentives, both statutory and negotiated, to allow an expansion to move forward that would otherwise miss a critical shift in the market they serve. An understanding of the differences among states and countries in tax policy as well as knowledge of geographically induced development zones is imperative.

“BRPH has been our primary design firm, on everything from daycare facilities to air traffic control towers. They are forward-looking partners who are truly world-class.”
George Woods, VP and Co-Founder, Lifecycle

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Kathrein-Werke Manufacturing Plant

BRPH served as advisor to German automotive and telecommunications manufacturer, Kathrein-Werke, in locating its first Mexico-based production facility in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

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