Friday, February 26, 2010


Check out our new website design update:

We have been very busy helping communities, non-profits and business that our blog postings have slowed. It is indeed good to know that our services provide value for our clients.

Please go to our website and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Business of Geography

Specialized M.B.A.’s
The Business of Zeroing In
Published: December 29, 2009
New York Times

...Some niche programs, such as the energy concentration at the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business, capitalize on geography...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sweet Tea & Business Geography - Poetry to our ears...

Business banking holds opportunities to expand on East Coast
By KAREN MRACEK • • October 3, 2009

Dean Slagle is leading the strategic planning integration for Wells Fargo’s business banking divisions.....meeting with business bankers from both Wells Fargo and Wachovia...Slagle said. “It is different in terms of how people approach things, the diversity of the people, and of course, geographical more:

It’s also different in the local cuisine, including the meaning of “sweet” tea, Slagle found out.

Sweet tea and geography...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Website

Our new website is finally up and running but still needs a few final touches.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Crescent Corridor a maturing concept

Norfolk Southern Caps Rail Yard Plans With Few Objections

Memphis Daily News - TN, USA

Phil Bredesen, Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman and landowner William Adair (from left) at last week's event to announce the site selection....

...The facility will be able to accommodate more than 327,000 containers and trailers annually, and up to 2,177 parked containers and trailers on chasses...

...It will serve as a key component of the railroad’s Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile, $2.5 billion public-private rail network linking the southeastern and northeastern U.S. and designed to take 1 million long-haul trucks off the road...

...Construction should begin on the Memphis Regional Intermodal Terminal once a few hurdles are cleared, including rezoning of the land to industrial plus the requisite site plans and building permits. Also, the railroad and the state will need to build an overpass on Tenn. 57 under which the rail spur into the intermodal yard can pass. “This is a great site for us,” Moorman told The Daily News. “The Crescent Corridor is a concept that’s matured over the past six or seven years...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Helping Others...

Jobs and Internships - We are associated with a number of individuals and firms representing almost every profession from financial to environmental. From time to time we need help outside our current circle of associates. Submit your resume or letter of interest to us for jobs and internships.
Volunteer – Join a Team – Give Back - We like to help communities and non-profits when we can. If you are an individual that would like to use your professional training or area of expertise to assist as a valuable team volunteer, please let us know by describing what you do, the time you have and any other limitations or skills. Helping others just makes good sense. Please contact us with your information.
Submit Your Project - The need now seems greater than ever before. There are more community projects, non-profits and individuals that need a helping hand. We enjoy helping and help when we can. Do you have a community project? Submit a letter describing your project, how it helps your community and your estimated level of need to our attention.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Data Center and Site Selection - IT IS A PROCESS

Inside Yahoo's Site Selection Process

Data Center Knowledge - Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

July 13, 2009 : Rich Miller

Yahoo officials would ultimately make five site visits to the area before deciding on the Lockport site, which will feature an innovative energy-efficient...It was an effort that involved more than 100 officials from 31 different entities, with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise directing traffic.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Farmers are some of our best clients

A Buffett Turns to Farming in Africa

Wall Street Journal - USA

Africa's geography is so diverse that its population has to depend on far more than two crops for its calories. Many of Africa's farmers are poorer,...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What Advance Planning Associates, LC does...

Advance Planning Associates, LC has expertise that encompasses the design and creation of location strategies for business; industry, government and the growing segment of not-for-profits in the global market and economy of today. Our core area services include:

Site Selection
Business Geography
Community Development

Site Selection is a designed process that results in the site choice best suited to the environment of the business or industry and that leads to the successful perpetuation of qualities to that particular organization. Site selection is the spatial location of an actual or planned structure or set of structures using criteria defined by the client coupled with carefully measured due diligence.

Business Geography synthesizes analysis, technology and practical experience to improve real estate development and investment activities. Business Geography utilizes the power of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies, analysis, and data. Region, movement, human-environmental interactions, place and location are the geographic themes considered essential to the well being of an organizations future.

Planning is an analytical process that considers the physical, social and economic aspects of communities while examining the connections between them. The planning process includes the consideration of existing conditions and the future trends of an area or region. The planning process includes detailed analysis and strategic alternatives for solving problems in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. The tools of planning implementation include such things as land use controls and economic develop strategies. Planning is the application of foresight to action.

Community Development is the process of helping a community and region strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential. We work in partnership with local people and organizations to meet identified needs. We help find funds with grant and loan applications, self-help and long term commitment to sustaining business support. We believe that self-activation, leadership, education and sustainable community and economic goals are key components of sustainable development.

Advance Planning Associates, LC applies years of experience with the defined process of our core services to provide you with choices that perpetuate your business goals. Our InSite Selection System, which can be applied to each core area, helps provide the foresight you need to bring plans into action

Our Services
Custom Site Selection - Site Selection Analysis - Site Selection Scoping - Due Diligence -Project Management Services - Business Geography - Geographic Information Systems - Business Location Analysis - Business Location Assistance - Planning & Community Development - Comprehensive Planning - Strategic Planning· Land Use Concerns - Conceptual Planning - Zoning Matters - Subdivision - Project Planning - Town Planning - Downtown Planning - Entitlements - Grant Applications - Community Sessions - Community Strategies - Presentations - Workshops - Public Presentation Strategies - Workshops and Retreats - EDA & EDC Evaluations - Marketing Assistance - Real Estate Development - Adaptive Re-use Strategies - Adaptive Design Programming - Retrenchment Approaches - Downtown Development - Land Asset Management

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Business Geography and Site Selection

The critical importance of business geography and custom site selection is evident in the business decisions that we are all reading about these days. Click on the link and read how decisions were not based just on financial metrics but on GEOGRAPHY AND SERVICE AREAS....

Dealers dealt blow, but also opportunity - Detroit News and ...
...Indicating the decisions were not based on financial metrics but on geography and overlapping service areas. He said the goal was to avoid situations where a Dodge dealer is across the street from a Chrysler dealer.

Monday, May 11, 2009

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
Marcel Proust

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Consider your figurehead

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."
Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Figureheads on ships conveyed a sense of prosperity that reflected favorably on the vessel's owners, crew, builders, and often it’s community. When the owners ordered a ship for construction, they often decided on a figurehead that was an additional cost. The carving was placed in the bow so that its eyes could find the way and the positive properties, directly or indirectly, further the purpose of the journey.

Today, more than ever, we engage our clients in an initial conference about the purpose of their project. This first meeting that we call a "scoping session" helps identify the purpose of the project and provides the eyes or vision. Not unlike the journeys of a tall ship, projects today require financial risk, plenty of "up-front" money and a journey or project time-line that can last years. To achieve a sense of prosperity the development projects of today need the same attention. The project, it's owners, staff as well as the community all need a constant “figurehead” vision to guide the often, long journey of their project from start to finish.

Advance Planning Associates, LC wants you to think about purpose. We are prepared to help you consider that figurehead, guiding the way and further the purpose of your journey.

We love what we do, many of our clients we count as our friends, and like the pangs of disappointed love we understand that the journey to success does not come without disappointment along the way.