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“Connected City” Study Ties Cities Smart Grid Use to Economic Drivers for CRE Health - Jones Lang LaSalle
A “Connected City” study by Jones Lang LaSalle revealed a correlation between municipal investment and application of smart grid technologies and three key economic indicators of the health of the commercial real estate (“CRE”) industry: strong employment, GDP growth, and positive office market occupancy.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  smart-grid  smart-cities  metros  urban-planning  sustainable-development 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Coming Home: A Look at the U.S. Reshoring Movement - SSTI Weekly Digest
Earlier this week, General Motors announced it will build a software development center in Michigan, joining a number of companies like Google, Caterpillar, GE and Ford who all have revealed plans to make products in the U.S. previously outsourced or purchased overseas. Although the prospect of a reshoring trend and resurgence in U.S. manufacturing has been a topic of debate, there are still skeptics who say the evidence of this movement is highly anecdotal and the U.S. still faces a future of offshoring.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  u.s.-manufacturing  reshoring 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
The Startup Revolution Starts With You - Forbes
Strong, sustainable entrepreneurial communities - such as those found in Boulder, Silicon Valley and Cambridge - share four critical characteristics that attract and foster startups: collisions, skills, mobility and density.
workforce  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  startup  Matt  around-the-web  This-Week-186 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Developing The Workforce Of Tomorrow - Manufacturing.net
In the next few years, thousands of Baby Boomers are going to retire, leaving factory jobs to Generation Y, who will be presented with dual challenges; increasing productivity and making the overall U.S. economy more competitive. However, the transition between the new generation of workers and the baby boomer generation workers will be difficult because the two generations are profoundly different in terms of attitude, skills and work styles.
twitterfeed  around-the-web  This-Week-186  manufacturing  workforce-development 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Shale gas potential and opportunities for the chemicals industry - PwC
Advances in horizontal drilling and fractionation of shale gas basins in North America are altering the chemicals industry value chain, constituting a potential game changer that could affect the entire energy industry. In PwC’s new publication, Shale gas: Reshaping the US chemicals industry, we examine the immediate and longer term effects on the chemicals industry.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  chemicals-industry  manufacturing  energy  natural-gas 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Manufacturer Helps Vets Turn Military Skills Into Jobs - US Business News - CNBC
Advanced Technology Services, a company that maintains manufacturing plant equipment, has fashioned a unique way to fill their vacant jobs - specifically recruit and hire America's returning veterans.
labor  workforce  manufacturing  around-the-web  This-Week-186  Matt 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
4 Innovation Strategies From Big Companies That Act Like Startups - Co.Design
Established companies have a reputation for being way too bureaucratic to be innovative. But taking a page from startup culture, some have figured out how to become agile and fast-moving despite their size
innovation  startup  Matt  This-Week-186  around-the-web 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Made in NYC: How Manufacturers Make Small Businesses Work in the City - DNAinfo.com New York
For some manufacturers, no matter how hard they squint at the ledger, they may not be able to justify the expense of making things in the city — at least not in terms their accountants could embrace.
new-york  new-york-city  manufacturing  This-Week-186  around-the-web  Matt 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
635,392 U.S. Road Miles Lack 3G or 4G - MIT Technology Review
Amid the recent release of new ultrafast smartphone models, two interactive maps provide a reminder of the United States' wireless divide and the incremental progress in closing it.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  infrastructure  logistics 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
At high-tech Wilson Tool, factory work is getting new life - StarTribune.com
The company is offering internships and scholarships to entice students and young workers to consider manufacturing as a career. It even provides employees an onsite health clinic where dozens of prescriptions are free.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  u.s.-manufacturing  skilled-labor 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
America’s Export Surge Is Just Beginning - Businessweek
Despite all the attention the trade deficit receives each month, little heed has been paid to the rapid expansion of U.S. exports, which have been growing nearly three times faster than gross domestic product since 2005. As a share of the U.S. economy, exports are at their highest point in 50 years.
automotive-industry  around-the-web  This-Week-186  u.s.-manufacturing  business-globalization 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Are Clusters the Future of Advanced Manufacturing? - ThomasNet.com News
Much as Silicon Valley became the center of the tech revolution, many manufacturing firms are beginning to cluster in key regions, bolstering advanced manufacturing and setting a path for the future.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  advanced-manufacturing  industry-clusters 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Consolidation in the Global Automotive Supply Industry 2012 -pwc
The global automotive supply industry is continuing to consolidate at a rapid pace. With all global automotive production markets growing, except for Western Europe, and many automotive supply assets still undervalued, merger and acquisition activity is anticipated to remain on a near record level high in 2012 with about 270 auto supplier deals globally.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  business-globalization  supply-chain  automotive-industry  industry-reports  studies 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Waterloo, Ontario, Morphs Into Magnet for Tech Start-Ups - WSJ.com
Waterloo boasted 302 new technology-focused start-ups last year, according to Communitech, a local nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs. That dwarfs the 85 companies that New York think tank Urban Futures figures opened their doors in the Big Apple last year.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  high-tech  industry-clusters  silicon-valley  ontario  canada  location-canada 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
28 Percent of U.S. Manufacturing Customers Have “Reshored” Jobs - Acorn Systems
Lower costs, better product quality and quicker “time-to-market” pressures among factors that are leading U.S. manufacturing customers to consider the “Made in the USA” stamp
around-the-web  This-Week-186  reshoring 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini Sees California on a Downhill Slide - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
Intel Chief Executive and San Francisco native Paul Otellini is not happy with the direction of his home state and worries that it could go the way of Greece.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  silicon-valley  industry-reports  regional-reports  high-tech  california 
october 2012 by areadevelopment
The best in the U.S. for entrepreneurship: Where does your state rank? - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Massachusetts is No. 1 in the SEI, an annual state-by-state measurement of entrepreneurial activity of all 50 states. The Bay State was followed by North Dakota, California, New York and Minnesota. Also in the Top 10 this year were Oregon, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Illinois. Texas, at No. 8, was the highest ranked southern state.
around-the-web  This-Week-186  startup  ranking  studies 
october 2012 by areadevelopment

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