Karen Hensley-Chelstowska Speaks on the Changing Equation for International Location Decisions

Karen Hensley-Chelstowska, Managing Director and International Leader in Duff & Phelps’ Site Selection and Incentives Advisory practice, recently shared her views in the Q3 2020 issue of Area Development titled, “FDI in Turbulent Times.”

Overseas site selection has always been complex, especially today, as shifting economic factors are changing the equation for international location decisions. Whether a company is a U.S.-based enterprise seeking new sites overseas or is a company based overseas seeking U.S. sites, the process today involves anticipating the unknown.

During the 2019 Women in Economic Development Consultants Forum, Area Development had interviewed Karen about foreign direct investment (FDI) in an uncertain economic environment.

Watch the video interview to learn more about how today’s low-cost locations may be more costly in the future, the top factors to consider in overseas site selection, the learning curve for companies seeking U.S. sites, and more.

Read excerpts from the full interview in Area Development here.

Disclaimer: This interview was conducted in October 2019, before COVID-19, which disrupted the already complex equation for international investment and location decisions.

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