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Site Selection Stories: Toyota/Mazda, Part 4

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Over the past few decades, Toyota has been a key player in creating a thriving foreign auto industry on U.S. soil. In 2017, the auto industry giant needed a site for a new, multimillion-square-foot plant. With a hard deadline of going online in 2021, they needed it fast. After years of partnership, our team was already well-versed in Toyota’s priorities, and we mobilized overnight. Our data-driven analyses of real estate, labor and incentives requirements set the foundation for an expedited site search executed with precision.

Click below for our Project Profile on Toyota Mazda’s historic, $1.6-billion investment in a new auto plant in Huntsville, Alabama.

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When Toyota found a like-minded partner in Mazda, this undertaking was elevated to historic proportions, and we pivoted with it. Mazda shared Toyota’s philosophies around innovation and productivity, and both firms stood to benefit from the efficiency of working together in one facility.… Read More

Site Selection Stories: Toyota/Mazda, Part 3

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Toyota MazdaWelcome to the third episode of our new, three-part miniseries, Site Selection Stories: Toyota Mazda. We’re taking you behind the before, during and after of Toyota Mazda’s historic, $1.6-billion investment in a new auto plant in Huntsville, Alabama. Meet the key players:


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Site Selection Stories: Toyota/Mazda, Part 2

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Toyota/MazdaWelcome to Part 2 of our new, three-part miniseries, Site Selection Stories: Toyota Mazda. We’re taking you behind the before, during and after of Toyota Mazda’s historic, $1.6-billion investment in a new auto plant in Huntsville, Alabama. Meet the key players:


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Site Selection Stories: Toyota/Mazda, Part 1

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Welcome to a special episode of JLL Chicago Industrial – Real Time. Our new, three-part mini-series, Site Selection Stories: Toyota Mazda, will take you behind the before, during and after of Toyota Mazda’s historic, $1.6-billion investment in a new auto plant in Huntsville, Alabama. Meet the key players:


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Top 10: Finding quality labor during a workforce shortage

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At a recent NAIOP Chicago event, the topic wasn’t real estate; it was labor. February saw the highest monthly level of job creation since mid-2016 and unemployment sits at just 4.1 percent as skilled talent becomes increasingly difficult to recruit and retain.

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JLL’s Meredith O’Connor and Keith Stauber

“Job growth continues rapidly even with talent shortages and employment occurring faster than the labor force can expand,” said JLL Managing Director Keith Stauber, moderator. “These trends also mirror consumer confidence, which has been at its highest levels since 2000.”

Greater competition for labor has pushed occupiers to look at long-term workforce productivity and sustainability (including metrics like net migration and population growth) rather than short term affordability.

The NAIOP panel of experts featured JLL International Director Meredith O’Connor, Co-Chairman of JLL’s Headquarters Practice Group and a Business and Economic Incentives lead. Her top 10 takeaways:… Read More

Getting to know Meredith O’Connor

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Thanks to her innate talent, drive and uncompromising work ethic, Meredith O’Connor is without equal in the city. Her secret superpower? She’s a connector. By building relationships with likeminded and equally motivated individuals, no matter their career or industry specialization, she’s built a business to be reckoned with and lifelong friends along the way.

A key player in helping corporations uncover often overlooked business and economic incentives, Meredith’s work continues to change skylines and bolster economies across the country. Let’s take a look at how it all began.

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Meredith and her family of seven

Career beginnings

Government was the perfect start for Meredith, doing great things for the city she grew up in and loves. After she got her MBA, she was promoted from sergeant at arms in the City Council into the Planning Department. Under the inspiring leadership of Mayor Daley and in partnership with a team passionate about economic development, she jump-started her career working on exciting projects from the ’96 Democratic National Convention to the 2016 Olympic bid.… Read More

JLL wins big at 29th Annual Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

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Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards

JLL Chicago took home six awards, the most of any company, yesterday at the 29th Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Commercial Real Estate Awards. The evening brought together nearly 2,000 of Chicago’s top commercial real estate professionals to celebrate this past year’s outstanding achievements across the industry.

As one of the industry’s most high-profile and longstanding awards program, the evening raises more than $1 million to provide more than 3.84 million meals for hungry Chicago area residents.

“To receive this recognition from our commercial real estate peer group is an honor and a reflection of JLL’s industry leadership and our best-in-class Chicago team,” said Dan Ryan, our Central Region Market Director. “To be involved with the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s important work in our local community makes this even more meaningful for all of us at JLL.”

JLL Chicago’s 2016 award recipients include:… Read More

Project Profile: mHUB

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JLL was on the scene last week for the grand opening of mHUB and as you can see, sparks were flying. Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing, mHUB is a collaboration among Chicago’s leaders in business, innovation and research.

“Developing and manufacturing physical products is a capital intensive process and involves a steep learning curve,” said Haven Allen, mHUB co-founder and executive director. “Our industry partners will help fund crucial physical assets for mHUB that our early-stage innovators need to improve their odds of getting to market faster.”

Take a look at mHUB’s story below, where our Tenant Representation and Project and Development Services teams partnered to deliver manufacturing’s future:… Read More

Chicago 2025: Dynamic Expansion

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JLL’s Bruce Miller; GLP’s Paul Loosmann; Magellan’s David Carlins; JLL’s Dan Ryan, Ryan Severino and Meredith O’Connor; Oxford Capital Group’s John Rutledge; and The John Buck Company’s Dirk Degenaars at Chicago 2025: Dynamic Expansion.

Hundreds of industry leaders joined JLL Chicago last week to discuss Chicago 2025 and the city’s dynamic expansion. With 4,300 new hotel rooms planned, the lowest office vacancy in 16 years (10 percent), 4 million square feet of speculative industrial construction in the pipeline and 3 million square feet of office space headed to market, the next decade is going to be one for the books.

JLL Chief Economist Ryan Severino kicked things off with a broad-based market outlook, factoring in challenges of the past year from Brexit to an unexpected election result. Despite entering a 2017 filled with elevated policy uncertainty, the Chicago market’s universal truths are bolstering its investment appeal. Chicago’s still the third-largest metro economy in the U.S., with above average annual gross metro product growth and a diverse economy where no single industry comprises more than 20 percent of total employment. Going forward, our unusually high percentage of adults with undergraduate or graduate degrees will be of paramount importance in building on this economic momentum.

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JLL’s Chicago 2025 gallery wall, featuring the market’s hottest projects.

We’re definitely living in interesting times, agreed JLL International Director and panel moderator Bruce Miller. … Read More

Project Profile: Zurich North America

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Today’s headquarters decisions are more important than ever, driving companies’ recruitment, retention and brand strategies. When available space in the market doesn’t fit with the corporate vision, some companies are choosing to build new to create a truly personalized workplace of the future.

Build-to-suit projects are inherently complicated and risky. That’s why we have a dedicated team that takes an entirely different approach, offering our clients greater transparency and control.

Take a look at JLL client Zurich North America’s story below, where our Build-To-Suit Practice Group partnered with JLL’s Project and Development Services team to deliver a state-of-the-art headquarters campus in Schaumburg:… Read More

JLL supports the Chicago Blackhawks: Part 2

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The JLL Chicago team is still in shock, reliving the final seconds of our iconic Stanley Cup win last week.

Check out this footage from JLL’s Steve Stratton, who was there to capture history.… Read More