Infrastructure/Site Development SWOT Analysis Considerations
- What is the condition of the existing physical infrastructure and logistical services (e.g., transportation systems—roadways, transit, bikeways and pedestrian access; waste water and drinking water systems, sewage systems, broadband, electricity and other utilities, etc.) in the area where you would like to attract manufacturing (or better support existing manufacturing businesses)?
- Is there capability for on-going analysis to identify appropriate sites for new manufacturing activity, and efforts necessary to make them “implementation ready?”
- How can planned or future infrastructure investments be strategically used to attract manufacturing in the area?
- Which sites or areas need environmental remediation (e.g., brownfields site assessment and cleanup)?
- Do circulation and site access issues need to be addressed so the manufactured goods can be shipped off site?
- How can the infrastructure be improved so that potential workers can easily access the job sites (e.g., can safe workforce housing be located nearby; are there public transit or convenient biking and walking opportunities)?
- Is community resiliency a priority? Is the community prepared to adapt to environmental hazards and natural disasters?
- Can cleaner and greener approaches to infrastructure improvements (e.g., green infrastructure for managing stormwater run off; use of cleaner fuels to help minimize air quality impacts) be put in place?
Mitigating the impact of unexpected disruption is more than a loss avoidance strategy. It is becoming a strategic competency to sustain competitive advantage. While impossible to predict, communities should consider creating a capacity for resilience—an ability to adapt to the unexpected, respond quickly and mitigate the impacts of disruption. Please find useful resources from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and the U.S. Resilience Project.