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Truco Enterprises to relocate HQ, distribution to Carrollton
January 11, 2013 | Dallas Business Journal

Dallas-based Truco Enterprises LP, the exclusive licensee of On The Border consumer products, plans to relocate its headquarters and North Texas distribution center to Carrollton.

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Nuts and bolts help a growing Winzer Corp. to expand
September 28, 2012 | Dallas Business Journal

Dallas-based Winzer Corp. has seen its nuts and bolts distribution business steadily grow, which has led the company to build a new facility in Plano that will double the size of its headquarters and southwest hub in North Texas.

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Linda Burns: Incentives Battle Heating Up
June 7, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

Are incentives more or less important today in the site selection process? The search for an answer is an ongoing debate, especially among economic developers competing for corporate relocations and expansions. My professional opinion is that they are every bit as important as they ever were and in many cases, more important.

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Linda Burns: In the Race to Prosperity, Nothing Matters More than Talent
May 2, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

In my last RealPoints blog post, I expressed a concern, shared by many, regarding the growing shortage of available, skilled manufacturing workers. Last week I attended a professional conference for industrial asset managers, corporate real estate executives, and their suppliers and service providers. This issue was raised throughout the conference by other site location consultants and corporate real estate executives sharing their case studies. The message was basically the same: The United States must emphasize math and science education by the time students reach middle school or junior high. Starting in high school is just too late.

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Slideshow: DBJ celebrates 20 years of Best Real Estate Deals
April 26, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

The best minds in real estate gathered at the Hilton Anatole last night for the 20th anniversary of our Best Real Estate Deals.
As one of the longest running events put on by the Dallas Business Journal, Best Real Estate Deals honors the top North Texas deals from the previous year in various categories including retail, headquarters move, green project, industrial and residential.

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Maxim Integrated’s New Campus Keeps 800 High-Tech Jobs in DFW
March 26, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its expanded Farmers Branch campus on March 23. The event marked completion of a new 138,000-square-foot facility at the 18.5-acre complex at 14460 Maxim Drive, near Belt Line Road and North Dallas Parkway.
Linda Burns with Burns Development Group served as incentives consultant for Maxim, a Fortune 1000 semiconductor company that designs, makes, and markets analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. She said Maxim evaluated sites near its California headquarters for its new R&D building, as well as multiple options in North Texas.

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New Farmers Branch Facility for Maxim Integrated Products
March 20, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. will mark the debut of its expanded Farmers Branch campus next week. The company has scheduled an event on March 23 to celebrate the opening of its 138,000-square-foot Lone Star Building at 14460 Maxim Drive (near Belt Line Road and North Dallas Parkway).

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MoneyGram expands to Frisco, hiring employees
March 16, 2012 | Dallas Business Journal

Dallas-based MoneyGram International (NYSE: MGI) is expanding quickly throughout the world, leading the global money transfer firm to expand its operations in North Texas. MoneyGram plans to hire, and relocate, 100 employees into its new compliance operations consisting of 25,287 square feet of office space at 3000 Internet Blvd. in Frisco.

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Linda Burns: Addressing the Shortage of Manufacturing Workers
March 8, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

As a national site location consultant, I find that an increasing number of the office and industrial clients for whom I’m securing economic incentives are manufacturers. The Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers’ Index measures monthly manufacturing activity data collected from purchasing managers across 18 industries, including chemicals, primary metals, machinery, petroleum/coal products, computers and electronics, paper products, plastics and rubber products, and electrical equipment/appliances.

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Linda Burns: Top Job Growth Sectors for 2012
January 11, 2012 | RealPoints, D Magazine

The recent job growth news is very encouraging, with Texas still at the forefront of recovery. Rising labor costs abroad and increased pressure from the federal government are resulting in the on-shoring of certain types of jobs like call centers, financial data entry and management, and manufacturing. Although slow to come on board, it’s a positive trend that’s continuing.

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Slideshow: Dallas real estate experts share mixed outlook for 2012
January 6, 2012 | Dallas Business Journal

Rising labor costs in countries like India, Singapore and China, coupled with anti-outsourcing lobbyists have opened the door for the re-importation of jobs to the United States.

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Barcel expanding in Coppell
December 30, 2011 | Dallas Business Journal

Coppell-based snack maker Barcel USA is expanding its operations by 50,000 square feet, bringing the company’s U.S. headquarters to 150,000 square feet of total office and warehouse space.

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National Default Exchange plans expansion
December 23, 2011 | Dallas Business Journal

Addison-based National Default Exchange LP plans to expand its 100,000-square-foot headquarters and consolidate its two office locations — bringing proposals for a build-to-suit project to the table.

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Annual Economic Development Summit a “Declaration of Inspiration”
November 8, 2011 | NHEconomy.com

Just as inspiration has led countless Granite State entrepreneurs to create products and services that are changing the world, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development is hoping its annual gathering will spark the ideas that result in business formation.

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Making a move: how your business can engineer a seamless transition into a new community
September 1, 2011 | Smart Business magazine

When considering a move to a new community, a company’s leaders may be influenced by the desirability of residing in a certain locale, or choose a city based on having heard good things about it. But there are a number of factors to consider to ensure the move is the right one for the company, and that it is pursuing all possible incentives, says Linda Burns, a site location consultant at Burns Development Group in the Dallas metropolitan area.

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Linda Burns: What Will Second Quarter Stats Reveal?
June 28, 2011 | RealPoints, D Magazine

When not consulting on business relocation incentives or helping communities enhance their business recruitment programs, my development partners in Colorado and I are busy identifying potential real estate opportunities for several private investor groups. Because we work with private funds, business has been good, with a lot of potential global opportunities. We’ve also seen an increase in our site location work nationally, and our North Texas economic development clients have been reporting more activity, too.

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Linda Burns: "STEM" Shortcomings a Growing Site Selection Concern
July 21, 2011 | RealPoints, D Magazine

Friends, colleagues and clients think of me in terms of corporate recruitment and relocation, my career of choice for more than 25 years. But economic development wasn’t my original field of work—it was education, and more specifically, science and technology education.

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Linda Burns: How Useful is Social Media in Site Selection?
May 13, 2011 | RealPoints, D Magazine

With the advancement of technology, are we communicating better with clients and prospects, or just more often? Is social media an effective tool in evaluating potential real estate sites and targeting prospective clients? Or is our message getting lost in all of the communication “noise” associated with social media?

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Linda Burns: The Relocation and Retention Battle
April 25, 2011 | RealPoints, D Magazine

While in Colorado recently for a speaking engagement at an industry conference, I was joined by some fellow site consultants and other attendees for an informal fireside chat on economic incentives. With most of the motivation for corporate real estate decisions still focused on cost reduction and consolidation, there was a consensus that the justification for incentives is stronger than ever.

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Maxim plans $22M building project in Farmers Branch
August 6, 2010 | Dallas Business Journal

Maxim Integrated Products, headquartered in California, announced plans to build a 200,000 square foot R&D facility, which will employ over 800 highly skilled workers. Burns Development Group is providing incentive consulting services to Maxim in their pursuit of local and state support.

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Cambium Learning eyes a move to Dallas
June 28, 2010 | Dallas Business Journal

Cambium Learning Group narrowed its corporate headquarters search and is focusing on a location within the city of Dallas. Burns Development Group provided site search services to Cambium Learning Group and Grubb & Ellis represented the company.

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Craig Ranch adding Business District
May 28, 2010 | Dallas Business Journal

Craig International assembled a planning team to work with them in developing the new Corporate Employment District in Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. The 2,200 acre master-planned mixed use development features the TPC golf course and Cooper Clinic center. Burns Development Group and KDC are part of the planning and development team.

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Vision North Texas unveils 2050 Plan
March 8, 2010 | Dallas Business Journal

Broad regional planning approach addressing such issues as transportation, development, education, health, the environment, housing, economic development, energy and lifestyles for the 16 county North Texas region. Linda Burns is involved in developing the plan as part of the Alternatives Research Team.

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Cambium Learning on the Prowl for HQ Space
February 12, 2010 | Dallas Business Journal

Voyager Learning of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Boston-based Cambium Learning, Inc. merged, creating Cambium Learning Group in search of a new corporate headquarters location. Burns Development Group provided site search services and Grubb & Ellis represented Cambium Learning Group.

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Baylor, US Oncology to hire 900
January 25, 2010 | Dallas Business Journal

A proposed laboratory testing and molecular diagnostics facility, affiliated with the Baylor Health Care System and US Oncology, selected Lewisville, Texas for their 172,000 square foot operation. Linda Burns provided advisory services to the City of Lewisville Economic Development and CBRE Consulting.

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Linda Burns to speak at CoreNet Global 2010 Summit in Phoenix
Phoenix 2010 Global Summit
Economic Development Roundtable – September 20, 2010

Moderator:
Andy Shapiro, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro
Speakers:
Linda Burns, Consultant, Burns Development Group
Chris Steele, President, CWS Consulting
Dennis Donovan, Principal, WDG Consulting
The Economic Development Roundtable is back! This highly popular, interactive format will enable you to connect, learn and participate in discussions with economic development professionals, corporate site selectors and location consultants on issues that our industry is facing for today and for tomorrow. Linda Burns will speak on the current role of financial incentives in site selection decisions, use of incentives to support expansion and retention, and innovative incentive strategies. Fellow consultants will address internet marketing strategies and touch upon growth industries. Be part of the discussion and join us for a session of thought-provoking ideas and knowledge sharing at the Summit.



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