Strategic Development Group offers insight into the location decision that is derived from decades of experience across a wide range of industries. As a result, we recognize the good opportunities and can avoid the pitfalls that present themselves during a site search. We will bring this knowledge and our proven process to your project, providing you confidence that the community and site you select will be your optimal location.

From automotive suppliers and steel mills to distribution facilities and major headquarters, we pride ourselves in providing location advisory services for many of the most respected U.S. and global corporations. Now, we want to do the same for you.

Site Selection Services

Facility Expansions

For many companies, the need for additional capacity is accomplished through the expansion of an existing facility. This could mean a brick and mortar expansion or the addition of new capital equipment. Typically, companies have only one facility that is appropriate for the expansion. Other times, however, a company may have location options when it comes to deploying new capital investment. In either situation, a full evaluation of the location options must be completed.

SDG provides a full suite of services to companies considering an expansion. This includes:

  • The evaluation of site characteristics
  • A workforce assessment
  • The availability of additional utility capacity
  • Ability of transportation networks to handle additional inbound and outbound products
  • The evaluation of operating costs and the local tax environment

And no matter if there is only one location option or multiple options, SDG can assist in the negotiation of incentives that may provide additional cost advantages for your project. For more information on SDG’s approach to incentive negotiations click here.

Manufacturing Site Selection

The first step in any new manufacturing site selection project is to identify the right site. Based on your company’s specific facility requirements, SDG will identify (through our databases and other sources) appropriate sites throughout your desired search region. Through a proven decision-making tool, we thoroughly evaluate those sites by analyzing key criteria such as transportation, utilities, demographics, labor draw, and other critical location factors. We evaluate investment and operating costs that are geographically variable and will negotiate a relevant incentive package to help mitigate costs and strengthen the overall business case associated with your preferred site. For more information on our Manufacturing Site Selection process, please click here.

Headquarters Site Selection

Headquarters relocation projects are often driven by more subjective factors such as company culture and quality of life. And while these critical location factors are unique, SDG’s site selection methodology can be applied with the same clarity and success. We have extensive experience in helping companies navigate the complex landscape of a large office or headquarters relocation project. For more information regarding our Headquarters Site Selection services, please click here.

Incentive Negotiation Services

Local, state, and federal incentives are key to making a good location better. During the last two decades, SDG has developed proven incentive negotiation techniques that reduce start up and operating costs for the life of a project. Incentives negotiated by SDG typically average $0.20 for every $1 in capital investment. For more information on our incentive negotiation services, please click here.

Economic Development Services

Site Discovery

Based on our recent site selection experience, SDG believes there is a shortage of qualified industrial sites. We have found that it takes 5 years, on average, from the time a community has identified a piece of property suitable for a new capital investment project until the time that it is truly ready for market. As such, it is never too soon to begin looking for your next industrial site or park. SDG applies its considerable site selection experience as well as cutting-edge GIS technology to assist communities in identifying new sites appropriate for industrial development. Click here to learn more about our Site Discovery process.

Site Evaluation

The cornerstone of any successful economic development strategy is having a robust portfolio of sites and buildings to attract new capital investment. Over our 20-plus years of site selection experience, the SDG team has seen and evaluated thousands of sites. As such, we possess unparalleled knowledge of what makes a site appropriate and ready for development. We apply this expertise to the evaluation of sites for economic development organizations. We will evaluate your sites with same rigor that we do all of the sites that we examine for our private sector clients. For more information on our Site Evaluation services, please click here.

Other Economic Development Services

The SDG team possesses a unique combination of high-level economic development and site selection expertise that is simply not found in other consulting firms. Our principals have advised governors, county councils, and major multinational corporations. We understand all sides of economic development and leverage that understanding to provide services that are market driven and result in the creation of new jobs and capital investment for economic development organizations across the county. Our services include:

For more information on our other economic development services, please click here.

Economic Impact Analysis

Economic development is a powerful creator of wealth that can bolster public budgets and improves quality of life. The benefits of new tax revenue and jobs created through new capital investments consist of direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts that augment the economic activity of any community. SDG helps both public and private sector organizations understand the true impact of capital investment and job creation through our Economic Impact Analysis process. For more information on our Economic Impact Analysis process, please click here.

Site Selection for U.S. Reshoring & Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Summary of Services: Finding Optimal Sites for your Investment in the U.S.

Now, more than ever, reshoring production by U.S. companies or investment in the U.S. by foreign firms, is the right move.

Strategic Development Group (SDG) is here to help your company begin to plan for the post-pandemic economy.

Companies consider reshoring production or making first-time U.S. investments for many reasons: increasing supply chain risks, rising foreign labor rates, poor product quality, the desire to protect intellectual property, and increasing application of automation. SDG understands these drivers and can help both U.S. and foreign firms identify and evaluate optimal locations and facilitate your company’s decision to invest new capital in the U.S.

For over two decades, Strategic Development Group has focused our site selection practice on locating manufacturing and headquarters facilities in the U.S. From Bridgestone and Nissan to BMW and BP, SDG’s growing list of satisfied clients, both domestic and foreign, is a testament to our diligence, experience, and efficiency at every level of the site selection process. Here at SDG, we are proud of our long-term relationships with companies both small and large from all over the globe.

To download more information on SDG’s reshoring services, please click here.

“SDG is a trusted project partner.”

“Strategic Development Group played a critical role in site selection and related negotiations for CMC’s location of three new micro mills across the US over the last decade. SDG is a trusted project partner.”

– Billy Milligan