Critical Site Selection Factor #3: Quality of Life

November 28, 2016

What constitutes quality of life depends largely on the eye of the beholder, and that eye may gaze through different lenses at different times.

  • Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble

Q4 2016

This series examines the top-10 location factors from Area Development’s Q1/2016 Corporate Survey that determine where our readers will locate and/or expand their facilities. Availability of skilled labor is their primary concern, followed by highway accessibility. Our readers are also concerned about prospective locations’ quality of life. Find out what else companies like yours should consider when making your next location/expansion decision. The question is, what exactly does “quality of life” mean, and to whom is it particularly important? As it happens, back in the day, those involved in economic development often viewed quality of life in terms of golf courses designed by Pete Dye or Jack Nicklaus; temperate climate (to allow more golfing); high-end housing (preferably in golf-course communities); great beaches, if possible, or at least sailing options; decent parks; very good schools.

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble has written for Area Development for nearly 20 years. His work has also appeared in numerous other magazines, newspapers, and online publications, as well as broadcast media. He has authored several books and has worked extensively in corporate and internal communications, including creating annual reports. An Indianapolis resident, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Indiana University.