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Opinion: Toyota Says It Is Not Welcomed After Trump Proclamation - Advanced Manufacturing
Toyota Motor Corp. is known for two things: It’s the largest Japanese automaker and one that is conservative in its messaging.
toyota  automotive-industry  china  trade-policy  business-globalization  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-454 
26 days ago by areadevelopment
Why cities should stop offering tax incentives to companies - FastCompany
In my own research as an economist studying corporate welfare, I have found and reviewed much evidence on the effectiveness of tax and other incentives. My conclusion: Incentives just don’t work.
taxes-incentives  government-policy  economic-development-news  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-449 
february 2019 by areadevelopment
Lessons from the Amazon HQ2 Tax Break Race - Tax Foundation
States and localities give away billions of dollars annually in tax incentives, so Amazon’s situation is nothing new. But they’re an extremely inefficient way to provide tax relief or grow the economy. When incentivized firms relocate, incumbent businesses and individuals end up footing the bill for the increased demand in public services.
corporate-tax  corporate-tax-reform  taxes-incentives  industry-organizations  HQ2  Around-the-web  this-week-442  opinion 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
Op-Ed: Ten New Ways to View A Career in Manufacturing - NJ Spotlight
The fact is that the United States and New Jersey in particular remain technical engines for our respective economies. That allows business owners to create and retain businesses and high-quality employees, which help support our positive education system, maintain our standard of living, and provide an above-average per capita income.

However, there are issues to be addressed, as the hold on this critical industry is tenuous. Here are 10 new ways to view a career in manufacturing
new-jersey  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-429  u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-development 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Foreign Carmakers in the U.S. - The New York Times
There are 12, soon to be 14, auto manufacturers producing cars in the United States. The American employees of international companies (excluding Ford, G.M., Fiat Chrysler) manufacture half of all American-made vehicles and export about a million American cars every year.
automotive-industry  business-globalization  fdi-USA  Around-the-web  this-week-429  opinion  sfp-insider-7-25-2018 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Texas benefits most in a collaborative U.S.-Mexico relationship. [Opinion] - Houston Chronicle
Because Texas is the origin, destination or transit territory for nearly two-thirds of bi-national trade — which stands at some $560 billion per year — the state could be deeply affected by any reduction in bi-national economic activity.
opinion  texas  mexico  NAFTA  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-427  free-trade-agreements 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Why Des Moines and Iowa business leaders support NAFTA - Des Moines Register
Iowa exports more to our two NAFTA partners – Canada and Mexico – than to the next 23 countries combined. Iowa stands to lose a great deal if the North American Free Trade Agreement is dismantled, rather than updated and improved.
NAFTA  iowa  opinion  free-trade-agreements  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-412  industry-organizations  economic-development-agencies  midwest  regional-reports  agribusiness 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Harley-Davidson is closing its KC plant. Who's to blame? - The Kansas City Star
Keeping existing companies often attracts less attention. The Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant, with 800 workers, slipped through everyone’s fingers.
missouri  kansas-city  harley-davidson  plant-closings  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-411  automotive-industry  industry-reports 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Letters: Dear Amazon, Please Build Here - The New York Times
Readers make pitches for the city it should pick for its second headquarters. But a Seattle reader cautions, “Be careful what you wish for.”
amazon  corporate-headquarters  Around-the-web  opinion  this-week-398 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Is America's digital leadership on the wane? - San Francisco Chronicle
Our most recent report, “Digital Planet 2017: How Competitiveness and Trust in Digital Economies Vary Across the World,” confirms that the U.S. is on the brink of losing its long-held global advantage in digital innovation.
opinion  STUDIES  innovation  competitiveness  business-globalization  high-tech  Around-the-web 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
For Michigan, competition is the name of the game - Crain's Detroit Business
J. Patrick Doyle is president and CEO of Domino's and chairman of the board of directors for Business Leaders for Michigan.
competitiveness  regional-reports  Michigan  economic-development-news  opinion  executive-leadership  Around-the-web  this-week-392 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Here's how your city can become the next Austin, Texas - TheHill
A symptom of success, cities like Austin are straining under rapid population growth. Improving physical infrastructure improves economic growth.
Metros  economic-development-news  urban-revitalization  Austin  texas  government-policy  infrastructure  urban-planning  Around-the-web  opinion 
june 2017 by areadevelopment
A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America - The New York Times
The big divide in America is not between the coasts and the interior. It’s between strong communities and weak communities. You can find weak ones along the coast and thriving ones in Appalachia, and vice versa. It’s community, stupid — not geography.
opinion  economic-development-news  Around-the-web  this-week-389  economic-analysis  skills-gap  STEM-workforce  Tennessee 
june 2017 by areadevelopment
Tim Pawlenty: We're at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution -
Quantum changes in technology will be coming at warp speed, posing challenges for every American to be genuinely prepared.
industry4.0  advanced-manufacturing  skilled-labor  opinion 
june 2017 by areadevelopment
Tennessee's tax model could save the U.S. economy - The Tennessean
Tennessee has no income tax, and instead funds its operations on a consumption-based sales tax. As a result, Tennessee has the following remarkable distinctions: lowest debt per capita in the country, top 10 for financial strength, fourth in long-run solvency and first in lowest cost of living.
opinion  Tennessee  taxes-incentives  corporate-tax  corporate-tax-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-388 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Opinion: What Tax Credits Did To Manufacturing Jobs In Wisconsin - Forbes
The competitive nature of the manufacturing industry is evident in the response of employment to tax changes. Firms that sell output in a competitive market have little control over prices, and firms that hire from a competitive labor market must pay the market wage to attract workers. Competitive firms thus react to cuts in business taxes by increasing production, investing more and hiring more workers. My results suggest that the MAC had these effects in Wisconsin.
opinion  economic-analysis  government-policy  taxes-incentives  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-387 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Immigration Is at the Heart of U.S. Competitiveness - HBR
I believe the U.S. draws its global competitive advantage from its openness to new people and new ideas. It’s an ability the country devalues at its peril. We risk impeding growth in sectors such as high tech and life sciences if we make it harder for top talent to arrive and compete for jobs. From my personal experience, including in the corner office, I firmly believe that curtailing immigration will make it harder to sustain America’s vibrant, creative mix.
immigration-reform  immigration  competitiveness  innovation  Around-the-web  this-week-386  opinion 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
With NAFTA, Mexico and the U.S. build things together - Dallas News
While "free trade" has been blamed for job losses in many parts of the nation, as of 2014 nearly five million jobs across the U.S. depend on trade with Mexico. These jobs are not just in Texas. In 2015, Mexico was the first or second export destination for 30 out of 50 states.
free-trade-agreements  mexico  canada  NAFTA  Around-the-web  government-policy  economic-analysis  texas  opinion  this-week-384 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
Like semiconductors, US solar needs government support - TheHill
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has taken a nuanced view that recognizes the different needs of various industries and individual firms. Secretary Ross can apply that nuanced view to raise the level of government protection for the PV industry to that of the semiconductor industry.     
opinion  free-trade-agreements  government-policy  business-globalization  solar-power  energy  industry-reports  semi-conductor  tech-transfer  research&development  Around-the-web  this-week-381 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
The Man Who Made Us See That Trade Isn't Always Free - Bloomberg View
So, I asked, how should trade policy be changed? Autor’s answers again surprised me. He suggested that the process of admitting China to the World Trade Organization back in 2000 should have been slowed down significantly. That would have given American workers and industries time to prepare for, and adjust to, China’s competitive onslaught. He also endorsed the border adjustment tax now being considered by Congress. That tax would probably benefit U.S. exporters at the expense of importers.

But Autor went quite a bit further. He told me that the U.S. government should focus attention on manufacturing industries, and even use industrial policy to bolster the sector.
business-globalization  free-trade-agreements  china  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-analysis  Around-the-web  opinion  this-week-380 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
What Trump Gets Right on Trade - The New York Times
Although cheap, labor-intensive goods often come to mind when Americans think of job-displacing imports, the more capital- and technology-intensive segments of manufacturing have hardly been immune. Sectors like motor vehicles and parts, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment, nonelectrical machinery (like machine tools, farm machinery and power-generating turbines) and industrial chemicals add up to nearly half of manufacturing’s enormous, chronic annual trade deficits nowadays.
opinion  government-policy  free-trade-agreements  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-379 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
How to Make America’s Robots Great Again - The New York Times
Industrial robots — which come in many shapes and perform a range of factory jobs, from huge, precisely controlled arms used to build cars to graceful machines that package delicate pastries — were invented in the United States. But in the last few years the Chinese government has spent billions to turn China into the world’s robotic wonderland.
robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  government-policy  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-375-top 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
Public-private partnership makes American manufacturing great - TheHill
Like other advanced industrial nations, the United States needs to get serious about incubating manufacturing innovation. That should start with a basic appreciation of today’s manufacturing economy.
public-private-partnerships  u.s.-manufacturing  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-366  opinion 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
The economy of manufacturing and community - TheHill
Advancements in technology and a globalizing economy have brought us more than just an iPhone 7. In the last several decades, the labor market has experienced a dramatic shift and America has failed to adapt accordingly, leading to an economically-devastating skilled worker shortage. Due to a misguided education system and public misperceptions, the labor market’s unprecedented need for highly-skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is not being fulfilled and American manufacturing is suffering.
Around-the-web  this-week-365  STEM-workforce  skilled-labor  government-policy  opinion  workforce-development 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Easing the Pain of Automation - Room for Debate -
Globalization and trade agreements have been blamed for costing millions of Americans well-paying jobs. But a far greater force in the gutting of middle-class life in the United States has been automation, which has replaced well-paid workers with robots and digital platforms. The greater efficiency fuels economic growth, produces cheaper products and makes life’s task easier. But in the process, many are left poorer and less secure.
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  automation  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-development  this-week-365  Around-the-web 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
How can we foster greater innovation in Alabama? -
Alabama has for years had a rich legacy of transforming research into new products, and that was reinforced in 2012 when the state of Alabama created the Alabama Innovation Fund with more than $17 million in competitive grants going to public colleges and universities to bolster high-tech research and innovative ideas, leading to more jobs for Alabamians.
economic-development-news  Around-the-web  this-week-363  alabama  innovation-hubs  competitiveness  research-commercialization  opinion 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
Q&A: John Grady of PIDC - The Philadelphia Inquirer
For someone like Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. chief executive John Grady, who has spent his entire career boosting cities, what's happening in Philadelphia now must be some kind of happy vindication, right?
economic-development-news  economic-development-agencies  Philadelphia  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-347 
march 2016 by areadevelopment
Why the US needs a new, tech-driven growth strategy -
Government policies shouldn't shy away from investments in technological innovation, new equipment, labor skills, and infrastructure in order to increase productivity.
government-policy  high-tech  STEM-workforce  innovation  competitiveness  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-341 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
The H-2B temporary foreign worker program: For labor shortages or cheap, temporary labor? - Economic Policy Institute
While Congress debates whether to expand existing temporary foreign worker programs and whether to create a larger new program, it should note the lack of credible evidence that there are labor shortages in lesser-skilled jobs.
h-2b-visa  skilled-labor  workforce-development  government-policy  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-339 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
Europe is lagging the US in innovation, but that’s about to change - Quartz
The digitalization of manufacturing is at the forefront of today’s remaking of the business world. US firms have a big advantage in the service sector because of their digital advances over the last two decades, but Europe still holds a slight lead in manufacturing expertise. Within a few years, manufacturing will be fully digitalized too. If we don’t innovate our manufacturing quickly with massive investment and a greater appetite for new approaches that carry a high risk and high potential return, there is a real possibility that Europe will be left behind the US for generations.
innovation  advanced-manufacturing  europe  business-globalization  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-338 
january 2016 by areadevelopment
Bipartisan highway bill offers hope for infrastructure - TheHill
Congress has displayed an eagerness and a commitment to the creation of a bipartisan, bicameral, multi-year bill and bypassed partisan politics, indicating a real change in Congress and, we hope, a real change in American infrastructure.
transportation  government-policy  infrastructure  2015-transportation-bill  Around-the-web  this-week-334  opinion 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
How to Stop Turning U.S. Corporations Into Tax Exiles - The New York Times
Our international tax code is disadvantageous to companies based in the United States, as most countries now employ a territorial tax system, which allows companies to pay taxes only where the money is earned.
tax-shelters  inversion  business-globalization  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-334 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Bridges, Broadband, Water Mains -- What to Fix First? - Room for Debate -
All of these systems in the United States are overburden by use, inattention, congestion and lack of funding. Which requires most urgent care: roads, bridges, power grids or something else altogether? And what’s the best way to finance it?
infrastructure  logistics  government-policy  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-322 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
Growing biohealth cluster a high-tech game-changer for Northeast Ohio: Aaron Pitts (Opinion) -
Northeast Ohio residents know their community is home to some great health care centers, but many of them may not realize the extent to which Cleveland is a recognized as a powerful brand in live-saving biotechnology.

Biohealth is a global economic game-changer, representing a growing industry with good salaries for talented, creative people who are dedicated to making a difference.
regional-reports  regional-economic-development  northeast-ohio  ohio  opinion  industry-clusters  biotech  Around-the-web  this-week-332 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
Can – and Should – Western Manufacturing be Saved? - Supply Chain Digest
As a quick note, The "and should" part of these titles came from some legitimate questions as to whether the US and other Western economies were simply headed down a "post manufacturing" economic path, with the ability to compete on a low cost world stage certainly in question. And with the added question of whether a future of low-skill, repetitive manufacturing work is really what is wanted. Maybe Western countries would be better off to just to dispense with the idea and move on.
u.s.-manufacturing  economic-recovery  business-globalization  economic-analysis  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-330  supply-chain  global-supply-chain 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
‘National Manufacturing Month’ is about Oshkosh - - Oshkosh Wisconsin
National Manufacturing Month gives all of us pause to consider what manufacturing is, its value to our regional and U.S. economies, and the work that such businesses and their workers engage in — all while energizing a future pipeline of skilled workers.
Around-the-web  wisconsin  economic-development-news  opinion 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Making a case for Enterprise Florida - Up Front, the Publisher's Column - Florida Trend
Gov. Rick Scott has made jobs the centerpiece of his administration, and it's no surprise that he wants to fill Florida's quiver with lots of arrows to attract businesses. What is surprising is that the Republican Legislature isn't 100% supportive of the plan put forward by the Republican governor.
opinion  government-policy  Florida  economic-development-news  this-week-324  Around-the-web 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
Misguided patent legislation threatens American leadership - TheHill
For more than two centuries our legal system has protected the owners of intangible property such as patents with the same rigor as it has protected owners of physical property against wrongful taking or trespass.  That protection has bolstered innovation by universities, research foundations, small and large businesses, and individuals across a broad array of endeavors.  Nearly 40 million America jobs are now directly or indirectly attributable to ‘IP intensive’ industries, which pay higher wages to their workers and account for approximately 90 percent of U.S. merchandise exports and a substantial share of services exports.  
opinion  patent-law-reform  innovation  competitiveness  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-323 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
DuVal: Natural gas infrastructure is critical to economic growth - Roanoke Times: Commentary
One of the other essential cornerstones of economic growth is a modernized energy infrastructure that can meet the growing needs of our energy economy. Virginia is fortunate to have a diverse mix of energy sources to affordably and reliably power our businesses, heat our homes and fuel our manufacturing operations.
economic-development-news  energy  natural-gas  infrastructure  government-policy  virginia  Around-the-web  this-week-321  opinion 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
Strong patent system essential to strong innovation economy - TheHill
Opponents of patents suggest that incentives to innovate exist without patents, and the absence of the property right would make the fruits of innovation more accessible.  Among the problems with this narrative is that it relies on a false assumption—that in the absence of patents, innovation will simply occur in the open, freely available to all.
patent-law-reform  innovation  Around-the-web  this-week-318  opinion  government-policy 
august 2015 by areadevelopment
How to spread the wealth of California innovations - The Sacramento Bee
Yet, while I was inspired by California’s capacity to create world-altering products and services, I was also disturbed by cities struggling with stalled industrial economies. These communities are dealing with poverty that is growing at an alarming rate, in part because too many people lack access to 21st-century infrastructure, a prerequisite for participation in the new global economy.
economic-development-news  regional-reports  california  this-week-314  Around-the-web  opinion 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
Ex-Im still deserves our support, now more than ever - TheHill
Ex-Im has unquestionably equipped small- and medium-sized businesses with the means for succeeding in exporting and should be reauthorized before uncertainty and delays can further harm U.S. exporters.
opinion  ex-im-bank  Around-the-web  this-week-313  government-policy 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
Re-authorize Ex-Im Bank to keep a level playing field - TheHill
Since it was founded in 1934, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is one tool the federal government has used to maintain American competitiveness. Congress must reauthorize the bank’s charter before it expires on June 30, or we are in danger of losing the field entirely.
Around-the-web  government-policy  ex-im-bank  business-globalization  opinion  this-week-311 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
Our View: Is N.C. serious about luring manufacturing? - Fayetteville Observer: Editorials
The other Carolina thumped us again. This time it's a Volvo plant, which will sit just outside Charleston, not far from the Boeing plant that North Carolina also tried to win but couldn't.
This state's leaders insist that they want projects like these, which bring billions of dollars in capital investment and thousands of good-paying jobs. But they're not willing to pay the price - which in the case of Volvo was more than $200 million in state and local incentives, including $120 million in state-issued economic-development bonds.
north-carolina  south-carolina  economic-development-news  opinion  government-policy  volvo  BMW  Boeing  michelin  furniture-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-307  textiles-clothing-industries 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Tom Still: Uncertain about mission of state economic agency? It’s called competition : Wsj
While some policymakers in Wisconsin have talked of doing away with state business loan programs or WEDC altogether, other states continue to march ahead with their own loan programs – and much more – in the race to create companies and jobs.
wisconsin  economic-development-news  government-policy  opinion  this-week-307  Around-the-web 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Best solutions for workforce will come from Michigan, not Washington - Rep. Tim Walberg -
The rise of top-down federal mandates was a reoccurring theme at a panel discussion I recently hosted at the Jackson Area Career Center with local business leaders from Alro Steel, Elm Plating, The Enterprise Group of Jackson, and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

As the panelists pointed out, the Washington knows best approach leads to large scale government programs and burdensome regulations that stifle jobs and economic growth.
government-policy  workforce-development  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-305 
may 2015 by areadevelopment
Jeff: Innovation changing world, and Mississippi - The Clarion-Ledger
As innovation has obviously changed the world, ask yourself this: How has innovation changed Mississippi?
mississippi  innovation  economic-development-news  opinion  around-the-web  this-week-302 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
U.S. Needs a More Competitive Corporate Tax System - Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
The United States holds the unenviable position of having a higher statutory corporate tax rate than any of our major trading partners—and all OECD countries.
opinion  corporate-tax  competitiveness  government-policy  this-week-301  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Beware the Soaring Dollar - Jerry Jasinowski - Huffington Post
Of late, it really has seemed like manufacturing was at long last on the rebound fulfilling its potential. Since the bottom of the recession, manufacturing has been expanding at an accelerating clip, leading the overall economic recovery and creating more than 700,000 jobs. But the soaring dollar is beginning to rain on the manufacturing parade.
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-recovery  economic-analysis  this-week-297  around-the-web  industry-organizations 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Michigan must divide in order to conquer - Michigan Radio
Amidst all of the complex economic challenges our state faces, we must look for ways to support our varied regions in a manner that’s more tailored to their strengths. How can we divide the dollars and decision-making in a way that the tier-one auto parts supplier and the cherry farmer have more equal access to the help they need?
regional-reports  economic-development-news  opinion  michigan  this-week-296  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Bipartisan cooperation needed to improve state, national infrastructure problems -
Two thousand dollars - that's the additional expense each New Jersey driver incurs from driving on deficient roads each year. When government fails to invest in our infrastructure, drivers pay for it with higher congestion, more accidents and more trips to the mechanic. Crumbling infrastructure also impedes the flow of nearly $750 billion in goods that travel to and from New Jersey businesses annually, stifling economic growth.
government-policy  infrastructure  economic-development-news  opinion  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Patent system encourages American innovation - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Congress, I would caution against adopting overly broad changes so soon after the America Invents Act. Hopefully, our lawmakers will work together to keep the current patent system while suppressing bad behavior afflicting our innovators. Inventors’ Day, Feb. 11, is ideal for Congress to consider the patent system to continue American innovation and success now and in the future.
innovation  patent-law-reform  government-policy  opinion  this-week-292  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Here's how the state and industry are working together to create jobs: Robert G. Garraty -
If there's one phrase that sends shivers down the spine of business owners, it's "Hello, I'm from the state government and I'm here to help you." But what if we turned that statement around?
this-week-291  around-the-web  workforce-development  government-policy  opinion 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Our Crisis Is One of Infrastructure, So Let's Roll Out the Gas Tax - Brookings Institution
The biggest reason to be concerned about polarization in the nation's capital is that much of the public's business lies dormant. Most observers believe that there are public benefits to be had by enacting new trade authority, an immigration bill, debt-reduction, Medicare reform, and many other improvements. But one of the most important opportunities relates to the nation's infrastructure - its roads, bridges, ports, airports, and other investments that help the the private sector and government to conduct its business. We have a lot to gain by maintaining or even improving these public goods, and a lot to lose if we don't.
taxes-incentives  government-policy  infrastructure  road-infrastructure  logistics  opinion  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Wal-Mart’s manufacturing recovery? - TheHill
Wal-Mart is the largest buyer of consumer goods in the world and is the nation’s largest importer of goods. Wal-Mart’s public relations campaign about U.S. manufacturing aims to distract Americans from two core aspects of Wal-Mart’s business model.
opinion  wal-mart  u.s.-manufacturing  offshoring  backshoring  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Congress should make the R&D tax credit permanent - TheHill
Enacting legislation is seldom pretty. However, Congress has an opportunity now to permanently extend the research and development (R&D) tax credit. While neither the timing nor the substance of the proposed legislation is perfect, Congress and the president should enact the legislation this year. Although it would be preferable to treat this business provision on its own, political realities dictate that Congress should take the best deal that it can and make the credit permanent.
opinion  government-policy  taxes-incentives  research&development  r&d-tax-credit  corporate-tax-reform  this-week-285  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
U.S. leads in technology innovation; don’t let other countries steal our secrets - Las Vegas Sun News
Innovative uses of the Internet and information technologies including effectively managing Big Data in cloud storage, 3-D printing, and the growing communication between electronic devices (known as the Internet of Things) are poised to transform our industrial base. The automation and robotization of U.S. manufacturing plants are further increasing productivity, efficiency and precision.
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring  manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  innovation-hubs  this-week-283  around-the-web 
november 2014 by areadevelopment
Viewpoint: Can Walmart's 'Made in America' Campaign Last? - ThomasNet News
Some say the cost of producing anything in the United States is prohibitive, but others, like me, argue that, ultimately, you get what you pay for, and we’re seeing that every day as supply chains that went offshore are dealing with major time and quality issues.
walmart  opinion  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  global-supply-chain  this-week-281  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
With skilled workforce, manufacturing can be America’s arsenal of growth - TheHill
Federal policymakers recently took an important first step toward addressing this situation when Congress enacted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This bipartisan legislation streamlines existing workforce development programs. But much more needs to be done, and manufacturers cannot afford to wait.
industry-organizations  u.s.-manufacturing  opinion  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
How to fix skills gap in U.S. manufacturing sector -
The feds can't address our nation's shortage of skilled labor on their own. Private-sector firms — especially those in manufacturing — must also invest in training the next generation of workers. Indeed, without qualified staff fluent in the technology that runs today's factories, manufacturers will not be able to survive. Modern manufacturing is more than pulling levers and navigating forklifts throughout a plant. Consider the workflow of, say, an engineer at a facility making chairs.
skills-gap  workforce-development  u.s.-manufacturing  opinion  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
David Cicilline and Joe Kennedy III: Congress can boost U.S. manufacturing - Providence Journal
Across the United States, industry experts and economists are increasingly optimistic about a resurgence in American manufacturing. Of course, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where the Industrial Revolution was born, we know manufacturing never really left. Just last year Rhode Island gained over 1,000 manufacturing jobs and ranked ninth in the country for job growth in this sector. In Massachusetts, 100,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing are expected to open up in the next decade. As representatives of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we recognize the manufacturing sector is a critical economic bright spot for our country. Luckily, domestic manufacturing is an area where there have been signs of bipartisan effort in Washington.
opinion  government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
How to Lead a Manufacturing Revolution - IndustryWeek
Siemens Industry CEO opens up about his role in the American Manufacturing Renaissance and what it means for manufacturing, the workforce and the industries of the future.
siemens  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  opinion  CEO  this-week-276  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Room for Debate: 3-D Printing Will Be a Manufacturing Engine for the Economy -
How will the rise of 3-D printing in manufacturing affect the American economy and how will we fare as consumers and workers?
3d-printing  opinion  additive-manufacturing  this-week-274  around-the-web 
august 2014 by areadevelopment
3D Manufacturing: New Weapon For US Economy - InformationWeek
We can turn a hobby into real economic power if we start using 3D on an industrial scale.
3d-printing  additive-manufacturing  opinion  this-week-273  around-the-web 
august 2014 by areadevelopment
America must invest in a skilled workforce - TheHill
Maintaining our competitive edge begins with putting Americans back to work, and ensuring they have the skills they need to succeed. Fortunately education and job training are areas where policymakers can come together on a bipartisan basis.
government-policy  skilled-labor  workforce-development  STEM-workforce  opinion  this-week-273  around-the-web 
august 2014 by areadevelopment
The Bring Jobs Home Act won't - TaxVox
The ideas in this bill, or variations on their themes, have been floating around the policy world for years and have rarely gotten traction. At first glance the measure looks a bit like an employment subsidy, and its title certainly implies that it is. But look closely, and this bill is quite different. It doesn’t subsidize firms that create U.S. jobs at all. Rather, it rewards them for merely moving business units to the U.S.
government-policy  corporate-tax  opinion  this-week-272  around-the-web 
july 2014 by areadevelopment
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform -
Signs of a more productive attitude in Washington — which passage of a well-designed immigration bill would provide — might well lift spirits and thereby stimulate the economy.
government-policy  immigration-reform  opinion  this-week-270  around-the-web 
july 2014 by areadevelopment
Viewpoints: Manufacturing is the New IT Career - Manufacturing Engineering
Changing the national mindset proves more difficult. Yet if we know “manufacturing” is a dirty word to the majority of Americans, why not consider a new name that defines today’s reality? A better label is industrial technology. Positioned as the “new IT,” industrial technology is digitally-driven, smart production. It is the future of America, ripe with opportunities for a new generation digital-savvy talent.
opinion  labor  workforce-development  this-week-255  around-the-web 
april 2014 by areadevelopment
Stephen Gray: Why Henry Ford's Assembly Line No Longer Exists - Gray Construction
Nearly everywhere you turn, people are speculating about the fate of U.S. manufacturing. Some of this talk is geared toward positive reinforcement of a manufacturing renaissance, while other talk is mostly negative with some even calling it a myth. So, what is really going on? I spoke recently with Area Development magazine on this very issue but wanted to dig into it further since there are so many conflicting reports.
u.s.-manufacturing  opinion  this-week-252  around-the-web  backshoring  3d-printing  robotics-manufacturing  walmart  siemens 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
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