Here’s some decidedly good news for economic developers.
According to CFO Journal, an online section of The Wall Street Journal, companies are now starting to loosen the purse strings and invest in new factories and equipment.
Two factors are driving the change: 1) a strengthened U.S. economy, 2) pressure from long-term investors for companies to invest in their own growth. On the latter point, here’s a quote from Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, Inc., one of the world’s largest money managers, in an open letter to C-suite executives:
“Too many companies have cut capital expenditure and even increased debt to boost dividends and increase share buy-backs. When done for the wrong reasons and at the expense of capital investment, it can jeopardize a company’s ability to generate sustainable long-term returns.”
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