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Preparing the Workforce for Tomorrow - Camoin Associates Blog
Over the past ten years in my work for regions and localities on economic development and targeted industry strategies, I have had the opportunity to interview more than 1,000 company leaders. One theme has consistently emerged: regardless of the sector, geography, or size of the companies, the top issue is workforce.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  workforce-development  skilled-labor 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Manufacturers Struggle with Mounting Insurance Costs - News
The average cost of insuring employees in the manufacturing sector continues to rise at a dramatic pace, putting considerable pressure on smaller companies in particular. How are manufacturers dealing with these mounting expenses and what strategies can they implement to help reduce rising costs?
around-the-web  This-Week-190  healthcare  manufacturing  insurance-costs 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Restarting the US small-business growth engine - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Growth
Reinvigorating small business starts with identifying the high-growth firms that disproportionately drive economic activity and jobs. In an accompanying video, AOL cofounder Steve Case explains how big businesses can benefit too.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  jobs  small-business  economic-recovery 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
The Revival of American Manufacturing: An Update - Business Insider
You know those little throwaway plastic red cups that you see at parties? You can buy a case of 288 of these Solo red plastic cups for about $36. I’ll do the math for you: That’s about 12.5 cents per cup. It’s a cheap, low-end item. Made in China, right? Nope. Made in the USA.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  industry-reports  plastics  u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Colorado, Oregon, Kansas and Iowa governors push for wind tax credit - The Denver Post
A bi-partisan group of governors — including Colorado’s John Hickenlooper — are pushing Congressional leaders to extend the wind Production Tax Credit that is set to expire at the end of the year and is already causing layoffs in the industry.
tax-credits  renewable-energy  wind-energy  This-Week-190  around-the-web  matt  regional-reports  iowa  kansas  oregon  colorado 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
How States and Localities Can Get Off the Economic Development Treadmill - Governing
Portrayed in ballads like Billy Joel’s “Allentown” or Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown,” places that had become industrial powerhouses now faced shuttered factories, boarded-up homes, and shattered lives. But while these areas struggled, regions like the Rocky Mountains and the West boomed, growing 37 percent and 27 percent faster than the nation, respectively.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  economic-development-news 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Small manufacturers join to tame monstrous insurance costs - Manufacturing Weekly
Small manufacturers face an uphill battle for survival against a variety of challenges — some fiscal, some physical. But it turns out that simple cooperation can help tame the steadily rising cost of health insurance and help the businesses.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  manufacturing  small-business  insurance-costs 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Real Manufacturers Are From Mars Everyone Else is From Venus - Evolving Excellence
If MIT wants to learn the right way to manufacture things they don't need to go to China. There are plenty of far better teachers in their own Boston backyard.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  apple  u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Building Your Company’s Capabilities Through Global Expansion - MIT Sloan Management Review
To create and sustain a global competitive advantage, companies need a systematic approach to exploiting, renewing and enhancing their core capabilities.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  business-globalization  business-expansion 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Emerging Innovations: Gig City, U.S.A. – Next American City
Right now, Kansas City, on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri line, is serving as a test bed for Google’s groundbreaking experiment in bringing ultra-high-speed Internet to homes at an affordable price.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  infrastructure  ICT  kansas-city  google-fiber  broadband 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
What Canada Can Teach Us about Corporate Taxes - Tax Foundation
Corporate tax reform has become a major issue in the fiscal policy debate, with widespread disagreement over what impact various reform proposals would have on job growth in the U.S. One of the most discussed reforms – moving to a “territorial” system in which corporations are no longer double-taxed on profits earned abroad – has raised concerns that it would undermine domestic growth and employment. Real life evidence from Canada contradicts these worries, however, according to our newest analysis on international tax systems.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  canada  corporate-tax-reform  corporate-tax  taxes-incentives 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
How the smart grid makes buildings more sustainable -
Buildings consume significant amounts of energy. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that buildings accounted for 72 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption in 2006 and this number will rise to 75 percent by 2025. This is split almost 50/50 between commercial and residential buildings.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  energy  energy-efficiency  smart-grid  facility-planning  sustainable-development 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
A New Marketplace is in Store for Building Efficiency Apps
Johnson Controls, long known for building control systems and hardware, is hoping change that by launching a marketplace of its own and a strong push into the software and services arena. Recently the company made available application programming interfaces (APIs) for its Panoptix energy management platform, giving developers access to a software kit and encouraging the creation of custom applications to be made available for sale in a JCI marketplace.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  green-economy  facility-planning  sustainable-development 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Most major U.S. metros still short of pre-recession job levels - The Business Journals
Four-fifths of America's major metropolitan areas still have fewer private-sector jobs than they did before the recession.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  jobs  metros  economic-indicator-reports 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Made (again?) in the USA - fedgazette
A shrinking cost gap reportedly has more manufacturers "coming home." Whether that's happening is hard to say, but any employment effects would likely be modest
around-the-web  This-Week-190  midwest  regional-reports  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Skills Gap: No Big Deal, If ... - Businessweek
The much talked-about “skills gap” in the U.S. is more limited than many people think and shouldn’t prevent, or even stall, the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, at least for a while.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  u.s.-manufacturing  skilled-labor 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Dallas-Fort Worth manufacturing ready to compete with the world – Dallas Morning News
The glowing metal of steel and welded pressure vessels brightens the night skies above Denton and Midlothian. There’s a canal to widen in Panama. There are refineries needing gas scrubbers along the Houston Ship Channel. There are pipelines to be built in the Permian Basin, Navy destroyers that need ventilation doors, European nuclear plants that need steam dryers.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  metros  regional-reports  texas  dallas  manufacturing 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Innofacturing, the Real Innovation in Manufacturing - Innovation Excellence
We have been confronted again and again with the message that Manufacturing must evolve to Mind-facturing or Talent-facturing. But according this criteria, where is the future of manufacturing headed? What is the new-growth factory for a company?
around-the-web  This-Week-190  manufacturing  innovation 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
America’s Most Competitive Metros Since 2010 - - Innovation America
The San Jose metro is adding jobs at a faster clip than any other large metro area in the U.S. since the recession. Houston, Austin, Detroit — and a handful of other metros — have also been stellar performers the last few years. But how much of the job growth in these and other metros can be explained by unique regional factors rather than national trends?
around-the-web  This-Week-190  economic-indicator-reports  demographics  metros  ranking 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Oklahoma City goes 4-for-4 in national economic rankings - The Business Journals
The capital city of Oklahoma again holds first place in the On Numbers Economic Index, a monthly measure of the economic health of all 102 metropolitan areas with populations above 500,000.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  economic-indicator-reports  metros  oklahoma  ranking 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Setting Targets and Encouraging Behaviors That Work -
In my consulting practice, the biggest flaw I see in energy management initiatives is ignoring the human element. You can do a lot to minimize energy use from a building or facility perspective, but at some point you are going to have to address employee behavior in the workplace.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  sustainable-development  facility-planning  facilities-management 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
New Master Plan for North Carolina's Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development - Inhabitat
The 7,000-acre RTP hosts more than 170 companies employing more than 39,000 knowledge workers. Companies with facilities at RTP include IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, NetApp, Credit Suisse, BASF, Fidelity Investments, Bayer CropScience, and EMC. Government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), also have centers in RTP.
architecture  urban-planning  biotech  around-the-web  This-Week-190  high-tech  north-carolina  regional-reports  researchparks  sustainable-development 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
Experts say Memphis has the best connections for moving the nation's freight - The Commercial Appeal
Dunavant Enterprises is betting heavily on Memphis and its transportation and logistics strengths, president and CEO William B. Dunavant III said Thursday.
around-the-web  This-Week-190  memphis  regional-reports 
november 2012 by areadevelopment

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