Somewhere over the United States, at thirty-two thousand feet, a plane is whizzing across the sky, with a passenger on board who’s on a mission to build a new dream. He’s looking out the plane window, taking a break from the Excel spreadsheet open in front of him, and pondering where to locate the new office and industrial campus his company wishes to break ground on in the coming year.
You’ve guessed it. Our passenger is one of the thousands of real estate site developers traveling the country looking for a dream come true. The life of a commercial or industrial site developer is complicated. On one hand, he’s balancing the real estate expansion needs of his employer or industrial client, with communities and their urgent need to provide increased employment, quality of life, and educational opportunities. There’s a lot at stake for so many. State and local governments greet him with open arms, with enticements such as tax abatements, transportation and other infrastructure improvements, and even workforce training promises. So many inputs, so much to consider, yet the mystery remains, where will the dream come true?