Is apparel manufacturing coming home? - McKinsey
Tomorrow’s successful apparel companies will be those that take the lead to enhance the apparel value chain on two fronts: nearshoring and automation. Both must be addressed, and in a sustainable way. Apparel brands and retailers in Europe and the United States can no longer do business as usual and expect to thrive.
global-supply-chain  last-mile-delivery  logistics  reshoring  nearshoring  textiles-clothing-industries  business-globalization  Around-the-web  this-week-439-top 
1 hour ago
High Speed Rail: Considerations for a Future in the U.S. - ideas + buildings
While there are many lessons we can learn from Europe, the unique culture, history and physical attributes of U.S. cities require tailored strategies. Here are three to consider...
high-speed-rail  infrastructure  transportation  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
1 hour ago
Additive manufacturing on the brink of industrialization — Roland Berger
The metal additive manufacturing industry is expanding and innovative new technologies are shaking up the market. Companies need to stay on the ball when it comes to the latest developments to avoid missing important opportunities.
additive-manufacturing  3D-printing  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
1 hour ago
When Is a Public/Private Partnership the Right Choice? - Urban Land Magazine
Between 2016 and 2025, state and local governments are projected to spend an estimated $1.88 trillion on building and rebuilding public infrastructure. But the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that in addition to this significant amount of infrastructure spending, a $1.4 trillion gap in needed infrastructure will remain. The ASCE estimates that the aggregate economic impact of the failure to fund this gap would add up to a loss of nearly $4 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. Many pundits have hailed access to private capital through public/private partnerships (PPPs) as the Holy Grail with the power to unlock private sector infrastructure delivery efficiencies, which will provide the impetus for state and local governments to fill the gap.
infrastructure  public-private-partnerships  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
1 hour ago
Laying a foundation for success in the era of the connected building - McKinsey
ommercial real estate has long depended on incremental advances in interior and exterior design, construction methods, and energy savings to keep pace with the evolving needs of owners and occupants. These improvements have accelerated over the past several years, with flexible workspace designs expanding employee collaboration, digital tools enhancing the construction process, and energy intelligence bringing new visibility into building efficiency.
asset-management  facility-planning  construction  smart-buildings  workplace-trends  workplace-design  Around-the-web  this-week-439  commercial-real-estate 
1 hour ago
Your Clothes Could Be Made in the USA Again - Bloomberg
Europeans and Americans have grown used to buying clothes made in Asian countries. But apparel-industry sourcing executives are sure that’s changing: By the middle of the next decade, much more of our clothes will be made closer to home.
reshoring  this-week-439  Around-the-web  nearshoring  textiles-clothing-industries  industry-reports  business-globalization 
1 hour ago
State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018 - Brookings
The State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018 benchmarks the performance of the 19-state American “Heartland” on 26 socioeconomic measures and is intended to help Heartland leaders and citizens better comprehend the region’s current trajectory at a time of rapid economic and social change.
midwest  plains-states  regional-reports  state-rankings  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  demographics  Around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports  this-week-439  south 
2 hours ago
Individuals in Science and Engineering Occupations as a Percentage of All Occupations |- National Science Foundation
Policymakers and scholars consistently emphasize innovation based on S&E research and development as a vehicle for economic growth and competitiveness. In the increasingly interconnected 21st-century world, workers with S&E expertise are integral to a nation’s innovative capacity because of their high skill level, their creative ideas, and their ability not only to advance basic scientific knowledge but also to transform advances in fundamental knowledge into tangible and useful products and services.
STEM-workforce  demographics  maps  labor  workforce-data  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
2 days ago
The Trade War with China Could Accelerate 3-D Printing in the U.S. - HBR
As companies rethink their supply chains, they ought to seriously consider embracing a new manufacturing technology that’s now ready for prime time: 3-D printing.
china-trade-war  backshoring  3D-printing  additive-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  global-supply-chain  Around-the-web  government-policy  this-week-439 
3 days ago
With nearshoring, garment production may move from China to Mexico and Turkey - Quartz
But shifts now taking place in China and across fashion could eventually redraw the world’s garment-manufacturing map. A new report by the management consultancy McKinsey finds that rising costs in China and the imperative for fashion brands to deliver goods faster than ever are making it more cost-effective for Western brands to produce their simple styles in low-cost countries nearer at hand.
china  industry-reports  global-supply-chain  textiles-clothing-industries  mexico  turkey  nearshoring  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
3 days ago
Treasury Releases Highly Anticipated Rules for ‘Opportunity Zones’ - Route Fifty
Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said he expects that $100 billion of private investment in economically distressed areas could occur under the program.
taxes-incentives  government-policy  opportunity-zones  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
3 days ago
The new geopolitics of artificial intelligence - World Economic Forum
The multilateral system urgently needs to help build a new social contract to ensure that technological innovation, in particular artificial intelligence (AI), is deployed safely and aligned with the ethical needs of a globalizing world.
this-week-439  Around-the-web  Matt  AI  advanced-industries  advanced-technology  tech  high-tech  technology  robotics 
3 days ago
White House Approves a Tax Rule Meant to Help Distressed Areas - The New York Times
The Treasury Department is poised to outline new rules stemming from the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year that are aimed at giving investors confidence to pour billions of dollars into distressed economic areas across the United States.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  economic-development  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  opportunity-zones 
3 days ago
From Honda to Volvo: New U.S. auto transplant transcends tariffs - The Detroit News
Learning from successful Japanese and European manufacturers over four decades of expansion, Volvo’s Charleston plant is the 17th non-union transplant to embrace American-made production advantages: lower costs, expanded global capacity, massive supplier infrastructure and proximity to the richest auto consumers in the world.
south-carolina  organized-labor  right-to-work  labor-costs  cost-of-doing-business  business-climate  fdi-USA  volvo  automotive-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
4 days ago
Is Your New Economy Workforce Hiding Where You Least Expect It? - Area Development
To get a complete picture of a location’s workforce, site selectors need to look beyond costs to educational attributes and quality of life among other factors.
area-development-features  Matt  economic-development  site-selection  manufacturing  workforce  skilled-labor  labor  education 
4 days ago
Largest Foreign Direct Investors in the U.S. - OFFI
The United Kingdom was the single largest international investor, constituting 15 percent of total cumulative FDI holdings. Canada made up 13 percent followed by Japan, which made up another 12 percent in 2017. Recent large investments from Canada pushed the Great White North up to second place.
fdi-USA  canada  united-kingdom  business-globalization  Japan 
4 days ago
Operation Rescue: Navigating Project Pitfalls from Start to Finish - KSMLA
Site selection projects can have their pitfalls and drawbacks. And while many issues that arise can be tricky and unpredictable, anticipating the unknown obstacles throughout the project is the key to success.
site-selection  government-policy  taxes-incentives  incentives-negotiation  economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
4 days ago
U.S.-Italy Collaboration Helping to Advance Manufacturing Innovation - Area Development
The Italian Trade Agency’s Innovation Days events further strengthen U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing ties by inspiring partnerships among academic and industry innovators.
area-development-features  Matt  business-globalization  manufacturing  location-USA  FDI 
5 days ago
Operation Rescue: Navigating Project Pitfalls from Start to Finish - Area Development
You can help to keep your project on track and bring it to a successful conclusion by anticipating the unknown obstacles that may occur.
area-development-features  Matt  site-selection  economic-development  manufacturing  facilities-management  facility-planning  construction 
6 days ago
Greenhouse growers turn to cannabis to cash in on lucrative crop - CBC News
Move over tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. It's time to make room for your popular new cousin in the agriculture business: cannabis.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  cannabis  agribusiness  agriculture  canada  location-canada 
6 days ago
M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion - The New York Times
Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence — how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfully weigh its ethical and social implications. A.I. courses, conferences and joint majors have proliferated in the last few years.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  AI  tech  high-tech  technical-center  advanced-industries  advanced-technology  university-economic-development  education  advanced-manufacturing 
6 days ago
Expedia’s ‘have job, will travel’ workplace - Lens
Expedia Group’s decision to move its headquarters from Bellevue across Lake Washington to Seattle at the 40-acre former Amgen waterfront campus may further solidify the city’s status as a major tech hub.
corporate-headquarters  seattle  high-tech  industry-clusters  innovation-hubs  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
6 days ago
Sears, which helped shape a nation's shopping habits, was also a pioneer of the reverse commute - Chicago Tribune
Sears was not the first big company to set up camp in a suburban office park — Motorola, Ameritech, Siemens and Pfizer had all gone before it. But it was one of the largest, and the move from downtown prompted innovations in regional transportation planning.
corporate-headquarters  sears  chicago  suburbs  urban-planning  transportation  workforce-mobility  Around-the-web  this-week-439 
6 days ago
Amazon’s HQ2 announcement is coming - Recode
After more than a year of fanfare, competition and city government prostrations, Amazon’s announcement of its second headquarters location is imminent.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  amazon  headquarters  HQ2  site-selection  economic-development  jobs  tech  high-tech  technology  STEM 
6 days ago
How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever - WSJ
What if you could store and deliver goods as easily as data? Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery. Welcome to the physical cloud
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  retail  e-commmerce  ecommerce  AI  robotics  advanced-technology  advanced-industries  data  drones  amazon 
6 days ago
As U.S. Cracks Down on H1-B Visas, Latin America Adds Fast-Track Alternatives for Entrepreneurs and Investors - Entrepreneur
More and more entrepreneurs are setting up offices in Latin America where they can still hire talented foreigners without any visa hassle.
Around-the-web  this-week-439  H1-B-visas  startup-visa  immigration-reform  government-policy 
7 days ago
Can the U.S. Keep Its High-Tech Edge? - WSJ
America still leads the world in innovative start-ups, but other countries are gaining fast. If we don’t act, the next big thing will come from Beijing or Berlin.
startup  competitiveness  Around-the-web  small-business  this-week-439-top 
7 days ago
Planning for the Unexpected - strategy+business
Typical crisis planning focuses on specific potential shocks. But how do you prepare for an unforeseen “asymmetric” threat — one that comes out of nowhere, with no rule book to follow?
disaster-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-438-top 
10 days ago
A Map of Every Building in America - The New York Times
These images are drawn from a huge database that Microsoft released to the public this year. The company’s computer engineers trained a neural network to analyze satellite imagery and then to trace the shapes of buildings across the country. Such information has been available before in some places, but this is the first comprehensive database covering the entire United States.
maps  gis  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
10 days ago
CFO Signals: Fading Optimism, Led by Trade, Tariffs, and Talent Concerns - Deloitte US
This quarter, CFO optimism, while still strong, appears to be on the retreat, amid concerns around global trade and the evolving challenge to both identify finance talent and equip teams with the analytical skills they need.
economic-forecast  executive-surveys  CFO  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
10 days ago
Federal government releases new advanced manufacturing strategy - SSTI
In honor of National Manufacturing day last week, the Trump administration released the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing. Developed in partnership with the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the report is intended to outline the administration’s vision for American leadership in advanced manufacturing across industrial sectors. It advocates pursuing three goals: develop and transition new manufacturing technologies; educate, train, and connect the manufacturing workforce; and, expand the capabilities of the domestic manufacturing supply chain.
government-policy  advanced-manufacturing  industry-organizations  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
10 days ago
Editor’s Note: Rising Above the Flood of Data - Area Development
Companies are dealing with a deluge of data, but only necessary data should be collected and, importantly, it needs to be analyzed in order to be useful.
area-development-features  Matt  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  data 
10 days ago
Great Recession aftermath: 28 US cities that never recovered - USA TODAY
From the end of 2007 through mid-2009, the United States went through one of the worst recessions in its history. During the recession and in the months that followed, the U.S. labor market shed millions of jobs, and the unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  cities  recession  economic-development  jobs 
10 days ago
NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster - MIT Technology Review
Traditionally, aerospace organizations have replied upon thousand-page paper manuals to relay instructions to their workers. In recent years, firms like Boeing and Airbus have started experimenting with augmented reality, but it’s rarely progressed beyond the testing phase. At Lockheed, at least, that’s changing. The firm’s employees are now using AR to do their jobs every single day.
augmented-reality-shop-floor  shop-floor  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  Aerospace  lockheed-martin  this-week-438 
11 days ago
Alabama Checked All the Boxes to Land $1.6B Toyota-Mazda Plant - Area Development
By providing a large parcel of land ready for development, a skilled workforce, cooperative and responsive local resources, and competitive incentives, Alabama was able to land another high-profile auto manufacturer.
alabama  area-development-features  automotive-industry  economic-development  site-selection  manufacturing  toyota  mazda 
12 days ago
Designing the Aircraft Manufacturing Facility - Area Development
Everything about an aircraft manufacturing and assembly building must be driven by the manufacturing process.
area-development-features  math  Aerospace  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  facility-planning 
12 days ago
Goodbye Toronto, hello Winnipeg: Are Canada’s young giving up their big city dreams? - The Globe and Mail
Stats around whether younger Canadians are choosing to stay closer to home are still sparse, though Statistics Canada did find that between 2012 and 2017 Toronto’s net interprovincial migration – the difference between the number of people moving into Toronto and moving out of it and into different areas of the province – was minus 142,465.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  workforce  jobs  canada  location-canada 
13 days ago
Commercial Real Estate Outlook 2019 - Deloitte US
New business models and competition, extensive use of technology, and changing tenant and investor expectations are redefining the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. As investors increasingly favor newer business models and the tech-enabled ecosystem, companies in the commercial real estate industry will have to realign business priorities and adapt to new demands. The most agile will win away customers and top talent—along with investment dollars.
market-reports  economic-forecast  commercial-real-estate  executive-surveys  Around-the-web  this-week-438-top 
13 days ago
Brad Porter, VP of Robotics at Amazon, on Warehouse Automation, Machine Learning, and His First Robot - IEEE Spectrum
Amazon's chief roboticist discusses the latest advances in the field and how his team is using machine learning to make its robots smarter
robotics  warehouse-facility  Around-the-web  this-week-438  amazon  automation 
13 days ago
Oil Company Headquarters Make a Powerful Statement - The New York Times
Striking headquarters have long been synonymous with energy companies for canny, unabashedly capitalist reasons, said Marc Kushner, a partner at the architecture firm Hollwich Kushner. “Great architecture by great architects is a way to physically manifest success, because big buildings equal big profits in people’s minds,” he says, adding that their permanence is a swaggering statement more powerful than any advertisement.
corporate-headquarters  energy  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
13 days ago
Automotive Manufacturers Thriving in Central, Southern Indiana and Southeastern Illinois - Area Development
With its proximity to large industrial markets and an established workforce, the region served by the 18 electric distribution cooperatives of Hoosier Energy has been found to provide an economic climate ready to support automotive businesses.
area-development-features  Matt  indiana  illinois  midwest  automotive-industry  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection 
13 days ago
Trump Booted Foreign Startup Founders. Other Countries Embraced Them - Bloomberg
Flair is hiring in Vancouver, where AlMasoud was one of the first people accepted to a startup visa program that looks a lot like the fast-track Obama plan Trump blew up. In the past 18 months, similar programs with a range of perks have sprung up in at least a dozen countries, including the U.K., China, Japan, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Australia, and New Zealand.
startup-visa  immigration-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-438  government-policy 
13 days ago
Automakers seek new ways to collaborate and innovate - Industrial Insights - PwC
New investments into electrification, autonomy and mobility are being announced almost daily it seems, and those investments are remaking the auto industry. Carmakers today face a serious dilemma – if they don’t invest substantially in electric and self-driving technology, they won’t curry favor with Wall Street. But as they continue to sink more dollars into these technologies, they risk wasting billions as the electric vehicle (EV) segment to-date remains unprofitable.
automotive-industry  this-week-438  Around-the-web  electric-vehicle  autonomous-vehicles  industry-reports 
16 days ago
NAFTA By Any Other Name Is Just Fine with Corporate America - IndustryWeek
New regional value content requirements could push production from Mexico’s cheaper labor market to the U.S.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  NAFTA  trade  trade-agreements  exports  imports  mexico  manufacturing 
17 days ago
Kentucky Aluminum Supplier to the Auto and Aero Industries Teams with Local College to Develop a Skilled Workforce - Area Development
To ensure its workforce is equipped with the necessary skills upon opening in 2020 in northeastern Kentucky, Braidy Industries has partnered with Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) to offer the Advanced Integrated Technology (AIT) degree track.
area-development-features  Matt  kentucky  south  automotive-industry  Aerospace  manufacturing  workforce  skilled-labor 
17 days ago
Some Car Companies Will Have To 'Fine-Tune' Their Supply Chain Under New NAFTA
One challenge for Daimler is the Mercedes Benz GL-class SUV made in Alabama because it relies on German imports
NAFTA  free-trade-agreements  mexico  canada  automotive-industry  daimler  nissan  alabama  Around-the-web  this-week-438  insider-10-5-2018 
17 days ago
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  china  tech  high-tech  technology  innovation  manufacturing 
17 days ago
Building a Framework for Automotive Success in Mississippi - Area Development
Since 200, Toyota has investment more than $1 billion in Mississippi, with production of the 12th-generation Corolla slated to begin next year.
area-development-features  Matt  mississippi  south  automotive-industry  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  toyota 
17 days ago
Amazon to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Workers - The New York Times
Amazon said on Tuesday that it would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for its United States employees, a rare acknowledgment that it was feeling squeezed by political pressure and a tight labor market.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  amazon  labor-costs  labor  workforce 
18 days ago
Growth in International Aerospace Markets Spurs Increased Production in New Hampshire - Area Development
SAFRAN Aerospace Composites and Albany International have co-located in a 343,000-square-foot facility in Rochester, New Hampshire, which will provide the lightweight composite components required by the aerospace industry.
area-development-features  Matt  new-hampshire  new-england  Aerospace  manufacturing 
18 days ago
Maine’s Mill Towns Search for New Life - WSJ
Once reliant on the paper industry, towns look to diversify and draw new businesses
Around-the-web  maine  regional-reports  paper-industry  new-england  this-week-438 
19 days ago
The Canadian Labor Force Works for Success - Area Development
A highly educated, diverse, low-cost workforce is drawing businesses to set up their facilities in Canada.
area-development-features  Matt  canada  location-canada  workforce  economic-development  site-selection  skilled-labor 
19 days ago
Companies in Virginia’s I-81/I-77 Region Partner With Colleges to Design Customized Training Programs - Area Development
Virginia’s I-81/I-77 region’s manufacturing base of automotive-related and other high-tech companies is taking advantage of its ability to mobilize and customize workforce development programs.
area-development-features  Matt  virginia  south-atlantic  automotive-industry  high-tech  innovation  workforce  workforce-development  workforce-training  labor  skilled-labor 
19 days ago
Nashville to put freeze on new development incentives - The Tennessean
Metro Nashville leaders have agreed to place a moratorium on issuing new development incentives known as tax-increment financing over the next year as part of a compromise with the Metro Council where the development tool is under scrutiny.
this-week-437  Around-the-web  Matt  taxes-incentives  nashville  Tennessee  south  economic-development 
19 days ago
The Promise of Predictive Analytics in Site Selection - Area Development
Data science that encompasses analytically rigorous predictive models has the ability to disrupt the conventional location decision process.
area-development-features  Matt  data  site-selection  economic-development 
20 days ago
Why Those Who Lose Their Jobs In A Recession Must Retrain - Forbes
During a recession or period of economic disruption, employment nearly always drops, often quite considerably. As the economy recovers, some of those jobs return, but some do not.
this-week-437  Around-the-web  Matt  jobs  workforce 
20 days ago
How Your Company Can Thrive If It’s Not Located in a Talent Hub - HBR
Leading cities have long had an outsize influence on the global economy, but today the impact that top talent clusters like Boston and San Francisco have on innovation is especially pronounced. In 2017, America’s 10 largest tech hubs accounted for 58% of U.S. patents.
this-week-437  around-the-web  Matt  tech  technology  high-tech  innovation  innovation-hubs  economic-development 
20 days ago
Competitive R&D Ecosystems, Quality Workforce Draw Auto Companies to Ontario - Area Development
Companies like Toyota have been choosing Ontario for new investments for a variety of compelling reasons, including the quality of the workforce and a very favorable tax treatment of R&D activities.
area-development-features  Matt  ontario  central-canada  location-canada  canada  economic-development  site-selection  manufacturing  automotive-industry 
20 days ago
Innovation, Disruption and the Value of Time: The Next 10 Years in Logistics Real Estate - Prologis
What’s next for logistics real estate? That question has been central to our three-part series on supply chains, which launched in April. In this final installment, we study how the following mega trends across the broader logistics ecosystem could affect logistics real estate in the next decade.
logistics  warehouse-facility  automation  industry-reports  prologis  Around-the-web  this-week-437-top 
20 days ago
Relationships, Partnerships, and Connections Are Key to Attracting Investment - Area Development
Relationships are key to knowing what site selectors and investors are seeking, to learning their needs, and to helping them succeed.
area-development-features  Matt  ontario  central-canada  canada  location-canada  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection 
21 days ago
Canada, U.S. reach tentative NAFTA deal; Trump approves pact - The Globe and Mail
Canada and the U.S. have reached a tentative deal to overhaul the North American free-trade agreement after intensive weekend talks, trading access to Canada’s protected dairy market for the preservation of a key dispute-resolution system and exemption from threatened auto tariffs.
this-week-437  Around-the-web  Matt  canada  location-canada  NAFTA  trade  trade-agreements  exports  trump  automotive-industry 
21 days ago
An Introduction to Robotic Process Automation for Manufacturers - BDO
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is transforming the way organizations across different industries do business. It allows organizations to automate certain types of work processes to reduce the time spent on costly manual tasks and increase efforts to deliver mission critical work.
u.s.-manufacturing  industry4.0  process-automation  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
21 days ago
NISSAN IN MISSISSIPPI BEGINS MANUFACTURING NEW ALTIMA - Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Employees and other dignitaries are celebrating the start of the production of the new 2019 Nissan Altima during a ceremony at  the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton. Nissan Motor Company says it invested an additional $170 million at the plants in Mississippi and Tennessee- the only two sites in the U.S. tasked with building the sixth generation sedan.
mississippi  nissan  Around-the-web  this-week-437  automotive-industry 
22 days ago
Meet the Woman in Charge of Building the Best-Selling Pickup Truck in America - The New York Times
Much has been made of corporate America’s glass ceiling, and the number of top female executives has slumped after climbing in recent years. In manufacturing, the gender gap is far more basic: Women are underrepresented at every level.
women-in-manufacturing  cf-women  u.s.-manufacturing  skilled-labor  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
23 days ago
Grimy, Glorious, Gone. The Divergent Paths of 7 Train Stations - The New York Times
The middle of the country has a tortured romance with its train stations, often grandiose structures that shaped local history but stopped serving a purpose. The announcement this summer that Detroit’s crumbling train terminal — among the best-known symbols of that city’s decline — would be turned into futuristic offices brought new attention to the problem of what to do with aging depots.
rail  midwest  urban-revitalization  adaptive-re-use  Around-the-web  this-week-437  detroit  Cincinnati  ohio  kansas-city  joplin  missouri  arkansas 
23 days ago
VCs await regulatory clarity on Opportunity Zones, the latest tactic to draw capital to the Heartland - VentureBeat
It’s an oft-cited statistic that 75 percent of venture capital in the U.S. goes to just three states: New York, California, and Massachusetts — and it has for years. If it’s going to take years to close that gap, why not offer an incentive for investors to put their money in other places?

That’s the thesis behind Opportunity Zones, a tax incentive program laid out by Congress in last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
economic-development-news  opportunity-zones  government-policy  taxes-incentives  corporate-tax-reform  venturecapital  capital-access  TCJA  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
23 days ago
Georgia Named Top State For Business for 5th Year in a Row - YouTube
Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business for the fifth year in a row by Area Development, a leading corporate site selection and facility planning publication. Deal was joined by Area Development publisher and president Dennis J. Shea to make the announcement at the 2018 State of the Ports Address in Savannah.
Around-the-web  top-states-for-business  Georgia  area-development-mentions  this-week-437 
24 days ago
Developer proposes STEM school for 723-acre IBM Somers site - Westfair
A more than 700-acre Somers campus that once hosted thousands of IBM employees could become home to a private high school focused on science, technology, engineering, math and arts studies.
Around-the-web  this-week-436  Matt  STEM  education  STEM-workforce  skilled-labor  workforce 
25 days ago
Industry 4.0: The Influence of Big Data on the Manufacturing Floor - Area Development
By effectively embracing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the manufacturing sector can analyze processes and identify optimization possibilities.
area-development-features  Matt  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  internet-of-things  IOT  additive-manufacturing  3D-printing  data 
25 days ago
Xconomy: In Boston's Shadow, Rhode Island Fights for Life Science Jobs, Respect - Xconomy
The state, and especially its capital city, have many pieces in place to help a tech-savvy cluster take off: a revitalized downtown with exquisite architecture, thriving food and arts scenes, and a welter of academic centers, including the top-notch Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and the University of Rhode Island. The centerpiece is a swath of reclaimed downtown land where a freeway once ran, now dedicated to health organizations and innovation.
biotech  innovation-hubs  industry-clusters  rhode-island  new-england  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
25 days ago
Warehouse of the future: Nine features transforming industrial properties - JLL
Multilingual voice controls, the Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging technologies are adding new efficiencies to the modern warehouse in a climate of rising costs, according to a new JLL report.

Even as operators introduce more warehouse technology, many are also adding employee quality-of-life enhancements to counteract labor shortages.
warehouse-facility  internet-of-things  automation  robotics  labor-shortages  Around-the-web  this-week-437-top  insider-10-17-2018 
26 days ago
Technology Upending the Location Decision Process - Area Development
Technology’s radical transformations of industry are changing not only company operations but also how sites are selected.
area-development-features  high-tech  tech  technology  economic-development  site-selection  manufacturing  data 
27 days ago
Megahubs International Index 2018 - OAG
The OAG Megahubs International Index 2018 reveals the 50 most internationally connected airports in the world.
this-week-437  Around-the-web  Matt  intermodal  airports  supply-chain  logistics  infrastructure  globalization 
28 days ago
2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Can Trailing States Catch the Southern Coastal States Leading the Pack? - Area Development
Those states not rated highly by the responding consultants have an opportunity to create policy to get on the leader board, but the implementation timeline must be longer than any incumbent political administration in order to achieve meaningful results.
area-development-features  top-states-for-business  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  jobs  south-atlantic 
28 days ago
Why an obscure tech firm plans to resurrect Bon-Ton - Retail Dive
CSC Generation bought the bankrupt retailer's IP for $900,000 thinking it could run a profitable operation. That's plenty ambitious in its own right, but the firm's plans only get bigger from there.
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28 days ago
Why millennials are flocking to Rust Belt real estate - CNBC
As real estate prices in major U.S. cities continue to soar, some young buyers and renters have decided to take their business elsewhere. They're investing in homes in such states as Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, experts say, in search of more affordable living and new places to plant down roots.
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28 days ago
In Focus: Make Way for the Game-Changers - Area Development
Organizations that encourage and foster innovation — at all levels — will stay ahead of the curve.
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