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Manufacturing Hubs: What and Why? - Brookings Institution
Basically, the manufacturing hubs idea reflects an emerging consensus among a large number of industry leaders, technology analysts, and economic development professionals that regions are the place to work on technology-based development and that regions need to be anchored by hubs of collaborative R&D where industry can work with academia and government to solve tough problems and foment technology gains.
innovation-hubs  government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  around-the-web  advanced-manufacturing  research&development  this-week-202  additive-manufacturing 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Sale Leaseback: Weighing the Risks and Rewards For Your Business - Spaces Blog - Jones Lang LaSalle
In the ongoing pursuit to achieve maximum real estate performance at minimum costs, real estate executives are taking a fresh look at a long-established option: the sale leaseback or “sale and leaseback.”
commercial-real-estate  asset-management  around-the-web  this-week-202 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
10 Most Impressive Smart Cities On Earth - freshome
In case you’re not familiar with the term a smart city uses information combined with technology to improve quality of life, reduce environmental impact, and decrease energy demand. This list of the smartest cities on the planet takes those factors into consideration, as well as the ‘smart’ plans the city might have for the future.
innovation-hubs  around-the-web  metros  this-week-202  green-economy  smart-cities 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Silicon Valley - American Experience - PBS
In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman who would co-invent the microchip -- an essential component of nearly all modern electronics today, including computers, motor vehicles, cell phones and household appliances.
regional-reports  silicon-valley  around-the-web  california  this-week-202  high-tech  industry-clusters  video 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Outsourcing isn’t about low labor costs anymore - Lean Labor Strategies
There are two dynamics that are causing production locations decisions to change: Increasing labor costs are making outsourcing for lower labor costs less attractive. Secondly, politicians are increasingly using their power to create jobs in their own countries regardless of the cost of labor.
workforce-development  around-the-web  outsourcing  this-week-202  backshoring 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
EU, U.S. To Push For Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal - AP via
The European Union and the United States announced Wednesday that they have agreed to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal.
free-trade-agreements  europe  around-the-web  this-week-202  business-globalization 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Immigration and Innovation -
By any reasonable assessment, a clear majority of the world’s top universities are in the United States. These universities attract talent from all over the globe. Most engineering Ph.D.’s granted at American universities now go to people born abroad.
immigration-reform  startup-visa  this-week-202  eb-6-visa  education 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Tacoma: City Unveils Economic Development Strategy - The News Tribune
Tacoma’s new economic development director laid out the city’s plan for a growing economy Tuesday – a five-year guide with overarching goals that includes a more narrowly focused 18-month “action plan.”
washington  around-the-web  this-week-202  tacoma  economic-development  matt 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
What’s Behind the Declining Number of U.S. Factories? - News
Manufacturers continue to close facilities in the U.S., but new research suggests that factory closings are not due to a “runaway plant” epidemic. In fact, many companies are outsourcing parts, not labor, and opening new plants overseas to better target foreign markets. Domestically, they are harnessing efficiency methods to produce more from fewer plants.
u.s.-manufacturing  around-the-web  this-week-202  economic-indicator-reports  economic-indicator-reports-analysis 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Best cities for small-business vitality: Austin, Oklahoma City, Denver, Raleigh, Salt Lake City - The Business Journals
No state weathered the Great Recession in better shape than Texas. So it would seem the ideal place to launch a business, wouldn't it? That's certainly true of its capital city. Austin offers the nation's best conditions for small-business growth. Rounding out the top five in this year's ratings of small-business vitality are Oklahoma City, Denver, Raleigh and Salt Lake City.
around-the-web  small-business  metros  this-week-202  economic-indicator-reports  demographics  ranking 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Bruce Katz and Peter Hamp: The U.S. Must "Race to the Shop" to Spur Economic Growth - Ideas Lab
The vice president of the Brookings Institution, along with a policy analyst, outline investment opportunities for the American economy as the President embarks on his annual address to the nation.
brookings  manufacturing  workforce-development  around-the-web  skills-gap  this-week-202  obama 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
North Dakota Oil Boom Driving Economic Development - Fox Business
The lowest unemployment rate of any state. The highest rate of population growth. The Roughrider State is far from an afterthought. It’s become a destination in recent years as workers seek jobs in the oil industry there.
north  dakota  around-the-web  this-week-202  economic-development  matt  oil 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Five Supply Chain Forecasts To Set Your "Sites" On - 3PD News and Announcements
The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal will change the face of logistics.  But the jury’s still out on just how pronounced the change will be, according to 3PD’s Will O’Shea
around-the-web  supply-chain  this-week-202  site-selection  logistics 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Money Talking: Could a Manufacturing Boom in the U.S. Create a Million Jobs? - WNYC
American manufacturing got some much-needed buzz when Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in December that a line of Macs will be made in the U.S.A. in 2013.
manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  around-the-web  apple  this-week-202 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
University of Illinois to Open Chicago Manufacturing Institute - Crains Chicago Business
The University of Illinois is taking its second big step in a month to sharply increase its involvement in a Chicago-area economy that arguably could use some help.
manufacturing  illinois  around-the-web  this-week-202  chicago  university-economic-development 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
US Manufacturing is Key to Competitiveness -
US global competitiveness is slipping. But there is some good news: US manufacturing is in the midst of a revival.
manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  around-the-web  this-week-202 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
The Cities Winning The Battle For The Fastest Growing High-Wage Sector In The U.S. -
In an era in which many businesses that pay high wages have been shedding jobs, the wide-ranging employment category of professional, scientific and technical services has been a relatively stellar performer, expanding some 15% since 2001.
labor  silicon-valley  around-the-web  this-week-202  high-tech 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
After Loss of Its Only Solar Manufacturer, N.J. Prepares to Welcome a Wew One - NJBIZ
When MX Solar USA, the U.S. subsidiary of an Italian solar panel manufacturer, ceased production at its Somerset County plant last year, it left a gash in the state's bleeding industry — until another Italian solar manufacturing firm recently started reversing the hemorrhaging by opening a warehouse in Parsippany.
manufacturing  location-usa  new-jersey  around-the-web  this-week-202  site-selection  solar 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
World's Coolest Offices -
These 20 offices are some of the worlds best-designed and most awe-inspiring.
around-the-web  workplace-design  this-week-202  interior-design  office-design 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Tech Talkin' Govs Part V - State Science & Technology Institute
The fifth installment of SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Connecticut, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Utah. Our first four installments were in the Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 issues of the Digest.
government-policy  around-the-web  this-week-202  ICT  high-tech 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Progress Report: U.S. Metros Wage Growth & Trends - Garner Economics
Between December 2010 and December 2012, wages increased in 259 metro areas, or 70 percent before adjusting for inflation. However, after adjusting for inflation the number drops to just 159 metros or 43 percent
unemployment  around-the-web  metros  this-week-202  demographics  economic-indicator-reports 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
How High Speed Rail Could Transform The US By 2030, Map Of US High Speed Rail System - The International Business Times
While high speed rail is on the up-and-up in the state of California, advocacy groups such as the U.S. High Speed Rail Association are continuing their focus on countrywide expansion.
around-the-web  high-speed-rail  this-week-202  matt 
february 2013 by areadevelopment

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