Feature Article - June 2011
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends

By Emily Tipping


Construction Plans

For the most part, regional respondents were more likely to indicate that they had no construction plans for the next three years in this year's industry report survey than in last year's survey. The one exception is in the West, where 45.1 percent of last year's respondents said they had no construction plans. This year that number fell to 41.1 percent. That said, respondents in the West are still the least likely to have plans to build new facilities or make additions or renovations to their existing facilities over the next several years. Respondents from the Northeast were the most likely to be planning construction of some kind. (See Figure 32.)

Respondents from the South were most likely to be planning new construction, with 26.8 percent of those in the South Atlantic and 26 percent in the South Central states indicating that they have plans for new construction over the next three years. Respondents from the South Central states were most likely to be planning additions. Nearly a third (33.1 percent) of respondents in this region reported that they are planning to make additions to their existing facilities. Respondents from the Northeast were most likely to be planning renovations. Nearly half (47.6 percent) of these respondents are planning renovations at their facilities over the next three years.