2021 has been a year of recovery, particularly for food production, aerospace and automotive, our themes for this issue. Companies across the country have retooled their supply chains, changed the way they manufacture and used technology creatively to tie it all together. In this issue, we'll share insights into the ways industries have pivoted to adapt to a new way of doing business. We'll also look at six states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, and South Carolina -- and learn where they're innovating for the new economy.
This issue features several timely topics, including supply chain management and logistics, plastics, and metalworking and fabricating. In the COVID-19 era, the norms of supply chain logistics have been thrown out, and companies are discovering that the processes that once worked well to keep costs down are actually driving up the cost of doing business. In this issue, we feature several editorials that discuss the new challenges to supply chain, and how manufacturers, suppliers, warehouses and ports and depots are handling these new realities.
Trade & Industry Development’s 15th Annual Corporate Investment/Community Impact Awards (CiCi Awards) issue honors key projects around the country that promise—through extensive capital investment or influential community impact—to help shape the communities in which they are located, and in which they continue to develop and grow. Read about our 30 winners in our CiCi Awards coverage starting on page 12. This issue also has three special reports: finding the best location for a corporate HQ (even in a pandemic), short-term realities and the commercial real estate long game, and workplace flexibility in the twenty-first century.