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Derelict in Detroit, and Hard to Sell -
Now with the city awaiting court approval of the biggest municipal bankruptcy in history, the decrepit plant, often referred simply as the Packard, has somehow become a hot commodity for would-be developers from as far away as South America.
adaptive-re-use  redevelopment  automotive-industry  detroit  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Flexibility is the Key to Growth: Accenture Global Manufacturing Study 2013 - Accenture
The study, which included a survey of 250 senior executives from global manufacturing companies, shows that manufacturing companies’ business performance has improved since the recession.
manufacturing  executive-surveys  studies  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Gross Metropolitan Product Growth Slows in 2013, Report Finds - Governing
More metro areas this year appear headed in the wrong direction. The analysis forecasts 119 metros (about a third of all examined) will record flat or negative economic growth, compared to 73 metros last year. Several mostly smaller metro area economies slated to decline after expanding last year include Casper, Wyo., Muncie, Ind. and Prescott, Ariz.
demographics  metros  ranking  economic-indicator-reports  leading-locations  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Building for the Future: Exploring Einstein’s New LEED Silver Medical Center - ideas+buildings
Einstein Healthcare Network’s newest medical center, the largest healthcare facility built in southeastern Pennsylvania in over a decade, earned LEED NC Silver certification a few months ago – just in time for Greenbuild, which is being held this year in nearby Philadelphia. Below are the details behind a handful of the project’s exceptionally sustainable qualities.
sustainable-development  LEED  facility-planning  green-economy  architecture  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Amazon Constantly Audits its Business Model - Harvard Business Review
Amazons recent decision to further develop its fulfillment capabilities (by spending close to $14 billion to build about 50 new warehousing facilities) to bring a large fraction of the US population in the same day delivery catchment area reflects that, for Amazon, the Internet retail model has now come full circle.
logistics  warehousing  this-week-239  around-the-web  ecommerce  amazon 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Private companies expect to outperform GDP forecast, projecting 9% revenue growth for next 12 months - PwC Trendsetter Barometer
PwC's quarterly Private Company Trendsetter Barometer tracks the growth expectations, investment focus, and economic views of privately held US businesses and incorporates the views of 226 chief executive officers. The majority of private companies feel optimistic about the US economy and uncertain about the world economy. Most private companies (82%) continue to expect revenue growth for the next year, despite ongoing concern about lack of demand (63%).
executive-surveys  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
U.S. Metro Economies Outlook – Gross Metropolitan Product, with Metro Employment Projections -
Big business is still booming in Texas, where Midland’s economy grew the most, by 14.4 percent. Odessa (14.1 percent) and Victoria (8.7 percent) also snuck into the top 10. (Austin came in at 11 with a GMP spike of 6.5 percent.) But the bulk of the nation’s production is concentrated in the top 10 metro areas.
studies  economic-indicator-reports  metros  demographics  ranking  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Seven Insights Gained from 30 Years of Land Use Permitting Battles - Saint Consulting
When someone asks why land use battles need a campaign strategy and tactics to win, seven points come to mind
facility-planning  land-use-permits  permitting  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
FedEx Freight Chief Says Transportation System Is Headed for Gridlock - Forbes
The nations network of highways, roads and bridges isnt equipped to handle the huge growth in traffic thats expected in coming years, said Bill Logue, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight
freight-logistics  supply-chain  infrastructure  competitiveness  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
The implications of shale energy growth on the transportation & logistics industry in the US - PwC
The shale energy revolution is gaining speed in the United States, transforming the way we do business. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal called it one of the biggest forces to hit the US economy in modern history. Transportation and logistics (T&L) companies are experiencing the immediate and dramatic impact of this revolution.
logistics  natural-gas  energy  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Data centers of the future might be their own power plants - Scientific American
The data center of the future might do more than crunch and store information. In addition to serving web pages, streaming Netflix videos, and hosting social networks, data centers might produce their own power.
energy  sustainable-development  facility-planning  data-centers  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Schneider revamps intermodal service on U.S.-Mexico corridor – DC Velocity
The newly revamped service is an effort to tap into intermodals value in one of the worlds fastest-growing trade lanes. Intermodal containers travel in-bond and clear customs at the destination rail ramp. As a result, intermodal users bypass the massive truck congestion at border crossings. Shipping by intermodal also avoids the time-consuming scenario of handing off trailers to different drivers at the border.
global-supply-chain  freight-logistics  intermodal  mexico  this-week-239  around-the-web  logistics  rail-logitsics 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
2013 Digital Cities Winners Announced - Digital Communities
Showcasing this years top practices in public-sector information and communication technology, the 2013 Digital Cities Survey announced its 2013 winners with Boston; Irving, Texas; Avondale, Ariz.; and Palo Alto, Calif., taking first place in their respective population categories.
metros  ICT  innovation-hubs  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
2013 UPS Change in the (Supply) Chain Survey - Supply Chain 24/7
Factors such as increasing globalization of the high-tech industry, competition coming from new places, the rising influence of the end consumer and the pressure to innovate and get to market faster while containing costs have all put strains on the high-tech supply chain.
supply-chain  global-supply-chain  nearshoring  business-globalization  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Chicago Wants to Know What Companies Seeking Aid Pay in State Taxes - Chicago Tribune
A proposed city ordinance to be introduced Wednesday would require publicly traded corporations applying for incentives or contracts with the City of Chicago to disclose their Illinois tax liability.
this-week-239  around-the-web  matt  chicago  illinois  taxes-incentives  economic-development  site-selection 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
American Economy Reaps the Benefits of Foreign Investments - Industry Market Trends
Several weeks ago, President Barack Obama touted the benefits of foreign companies investing in U.S. businesses, declaring that the U.S. is open for business. A new study shows that foreign companies that have made investments in the United States have had an outsized impact on the American economy.
fdi-usa  this-week-239  around-the-web  government-policy 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
NYSERDA, Skidmore College Team on Statewide Program to Create Energy Companies - Albany Business Review
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is partnering with Skidmore College to launch a new clean energy program to boost business investments in the industry.
this-week-239  around-the-web  matt  energy  new-york  clean-energy  economic-development  jobs 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
President Obama Advocates for Strength in US Manufacturing - IndustryWeek
President Barack Obama called for more success stories in U.S. manufacturing like ArcelorMittal's Cleveland facility, which shut down in 2009 and now is the most productive mill in the country.
this-week-239  around-the-web  matt  obama  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  jobs 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Cheap Natural Gas Is Driving Heavy Investment In Heavy Industry - Manufacturing & Technology News
The U.S. chemical industry is experiencing a surge of new production capacity due to cheap natural gas. Other industries that use natural gas as a feedstock or energy source are also adding factories, according to a weekly tally of new plants and expansions conducted by Thomas Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director at the American Chemistry Council.
u.s.-manufacturing  natural-gas  this-week-239  around-the-web  energy 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
10 trends shaping future of Wisconsin's tech-based economy - Journal Sentinel
While Wisconsin continues to lag in the creation of net new companies, directions in sectors that are sources of young, high-growth companies promise to help over time. Here are 10 trends shaping the future of Wisconsin's tech-based economy
wisconsin  high-tech  startup  small-business  university-economic-development  STEM-workforce  skilled-labor  researchparks  business-accelerators  capital-access  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Boeing Launches Search For 777X Airliner's New Home - Forbes
If you think Boeing executives are reeling from union rejection of a proposed contract extension on Wednesday that would have kept production of the new 777X widebody airliner in Washington State, guess again. Boeing representatives are already on the ground in other states discussing what kind of tax breaks and other concessions they can get to build the 777X there. I talked to one of them yesterday; rather than being indiscreet about which state that exec was visiting, let’s just say it is west of the Mississippi and well south of Washington.
boeing  washington  south-carolina  boeing-777  government-policy  organized-labor  labor  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, Designed by Selldorf -
The city’s first big, state-of-the-art plant for processing discarded plastic, metals and glass, it promises jobs to nearby residents and, as the cost of exporting garbage out of state rises, some savings for the city. Did I mention that it’s an architectural keeper?
facility-planning  sustainable-development  roof-top-solar  green-facilities  urban-planning  recycling-industry  this-week-239  around-the-web  new-york-city 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Traditional Retailers Opening Tech Labs Across Silicon Valley - San Jose Mercury News
Target, Kohl's and home-shopping network QVC are among a half dozen retailers opening technology test labs in the San Francisco area to do things like improve their websites and create mobile shopping apps.
this-week-239  around-the-web  silicon-valley  california  san-francisco  retail-industry  online-retail  target  walmart  economic-development  technology 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Americas - Urban Land Institute
Commercial real estate is reaching an inflection point where valuations will no longer be driven by capital markets. In 2014, Emerging Trends interviewees expect space market fundamentals and property enhancements to emerge as the primary drivers of total returns, reducing the reliance on falling capitalization rates and high amounts of leverage.
commercial-real-estate  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
The 10 Smartest Cities In North America - Co.Exist
Todays cities demand 21st century solutions to accommodate their growing populations in ways that not only maintain the quality of life, but also improve it. That's where smart cities come in.
smart-cities  energy-sustainable-development  metros  urban-planning  studies  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
NY, WI, IN Initiatives Address Region-Specific Barriers to Commercialization - SSTI Weekly Digest
Follow-on funding, access to technology, talent and resources all can be barriers to commercialization and successfully spinning off sustainable companies. Always seeking a quicker, more viable path to market for technologies and products, university-based programs and public-private partnerships try to tackle these hurdles, which often times are region-specific.
commercialization  business-accelerators  university-economic-development  tech-transfer  this-week-239  around-the-web 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
Apple Move May Hinge on Gilbert Vote -
Apples plans to open a manufacturing plant in Mesa may be halted if a majority of Gilbert Public Schools board members don’t vote to join seven other government agencies in signing on to a potential tax deal for the company.
this-week-239  around-the-web  matt  apple  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  foreign-trade-zones  taxes-incentives  mesa  arizona 
november 2013 by areadevelopment
U.S. Oil Exports Surpass Imports as Production Rises Rapidly - Businessweek
Last month, for the first time since February 1995, the U.S. produced more crude oil than it imported: 7.7 million barrels per day in October, versus 7.6 million of imports.
this-week-239  around-the-web  energy  oil-industry  economic-development 
november 2013 by areadevelopment

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