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Artisanal Manufacturing: Creating Jobs To Produce Things In America Again - Forbes
Today a new type of artisanal manufacturer is on the verge of carving out a meaningful place in the market, offering broader access to a level of quality that can’t be achieved by traditional mass-scale businesses.New artisanal manufacturing companies take advantage of changing consumer dynamics and developing technologies in order to create value in the market, achieve long-term sustainability and build the capacity to grow in aggregate to a scale significant enough to become a meaningful source of 21st century production jobs.
u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  micro-factories  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
A tale of tech and energy--and brains - Milken Institute
The Milken Institute’s annual Best-Performing Cities index ranks American cities based on economic outcomes, not the business climate and quality of life factors that might help create them, so there is no checklist of determinants for success. But if there were, Austin, Texas, would probably tick all the boxes.
ranking  austin  metros  economic-indicator-reports  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Fixing the Skills Gap: Getting Americans Back to Work via Workforce Development Programs - Brookings Institution
Employers routinely cite the “skills gap,” or lack of qualified, trained candidates, as a primary hiring hurdle. Talented workers are at the heart of a company’s economic success and key drivers for broader economic prosperity. Moreover, skilled workers command higher wages, plus enjoy greater potential for upward economic mobility than their less-skilled counterparts.
workforce-development  government-policy  skilled-labor  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
‘Worker Leadership’ - a Revolution on the Production Floor - Ideas Lab
Empowering workers to make their own business decisions, while breaking down barriers with management, not only increases worker happiness but improves the bottom line.
manufacturing  labor  skilled-labor  workforce-development  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
How View Is Reinventing Your Windows - Forbes
The six-year-old company is one of those in the vanguard of bringing high-tech manufacturing back to the U.S. It is evident in the company’s Milpitas headquarters—a reconditioned Seagate disk drive manufacturing plant—that Mulpuri repurposed to coat glass and even more so in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that recently went online in  Olive Branch, Mississippi.
california  mississippi  u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  nanotechnology  adaptive-re-use  sustainable-development  green-economy  this-week-241  around-the-web  case-studies 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Is Reshoring A Viable Option? - manufacturing.net
There have been concerted efforts by various players to incentivize American manufacturing.  According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, more than 30 states have introduced Buy America bills.  Federal and state officials in Michigan, New York, Virginia, Minnesota, and others are committing to build their infrastructure with American steel and iron.  And the Made in the USA mentality of American consumers is influencing manufacturers production decisions.
reshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-241  around-the-web  government-policy 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Governor Cuomo Announces $715.9 Million in Economic Development Funding Through Third Round of Regional Councils - ny.gov
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $715.9 million has been awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
this-week-241  around-the-web  matt  new-york  cuomo  economic-development  funds 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Possible Boeing Move Worries Washington State - NYTimes.com
With a deadline looming this week for best offers, and a decision promised by the company early next year, tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wages and taxes are a stake, along with the identity of a region that long ago claimed the jet age as its symbol, in Seattle’s revolving Space Needle.
washington  aerospace  site-selection  boeing  economic-development-news  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
New project could generate thousands of jobs in Charlotte - www.wsoctv.com
The Airport Intermodal Facility will link up planes, trains and trucks as they transport goods along the East Coast at the site near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
intermodal  freight-logistics  north-carolina  supply-chain  this-week-241  around-the-web  infrastructure 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
The 10 Worst Things About Working In An Open-Office--In Your Words - Fast Company
WE ASKED YOU WHAT YOU HATE ABOUT YOUR OPEN-OFFICE LAYOUT. AND YOU TOLD US. OH BOY, DID YOU TELL US.
workplace-design  office-design  labor  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Boeing’s wish list for 777X asks for ‘no cost’ site - The Seattle Times
Boeing documents say its 777X facilities will require total investment of up to $10 billion, but states are invited to provide the site and facilities at no cost, or very low cost.
taxes-incentives  site-selection  aerospace  washington  alabama  california  boeing  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Lawmakers Consider Changes to Incentives Program - chicagotribune.com
Failure of legislation benefiting ADM, 2 other companies has state legislators looking at ways to alter the system.
this-week-241  around-the-web  taxes-incentives  matt  economic-development  site-selection  illinois 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing, Exports, and the R&D X-Factor - Newgeography.com
The U.S. needs an export strategy led by research and development, and it needs it now. A serious federal commitment to R&D would help arrest the long-term decline in manufacturing, and return America to its preeminent and competitive positions in high tech. At the same time, increasing sales of these once-key exports abroad would improve our also-declining balance of trade. It’s the best shot the U.S. has to energize its weak economic recovery.
u.s.-manufacturing  economic-recovery  this-week-241  around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports-analysis 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party - NPR
Over the years, have suggested most Americans don't much like NAFTA, and unions remain sharply critical. But economists generally say Clinton's prediction came closer to hitting the mark than Perot's.
economics  government-policy  business-globalization  mexico  canada  NAFTA  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States - Center for American Progress
Apprenticeships are not a familiar concept to many Americans, but expanding the use of this highly effective training model can help our nation meet the demand for skilled workers, create pathways to well-paying careers for unemployed young workers, and give American businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
workforce-development  labor  skilled-labor  u.s.-manufacturing  competitiveness  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Trends 2013 Preview: Cities, States Invest in High-Tech Hubs - SSTI Weekly Digest
Eager to attract investment and spur startup activity, city and state officials launched entrepreneurship programs, high-tech R&D centers, and sector-specific facilities as part of the innovation hub trend in 2013.
high-tech  innovation-hubs  economic-development-news  government-policy  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
Chicago's Tech Scene Faces Competition From All Sides - Mashable
in addition to battling the coasts, Chicago has serious opposition from other smaller hubs in the region
chicago  illinois  high-tech  innovation-hubs  this-week-241  metros  regional-reports 
december 2013 by areadevelopment
What’s Behind the Well-Known Purchasing Managers Indexes - ThomasNet.com Industry Market Trends
Every month, a deluge of data on manufacturing and production is released, which businesses rely on to make important decisions. However, the data from a variety of sources do not always paint the same picture, even when they are supposedly tracking the same metrics.
economic-indicator-reports  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  this-week-241  around-the-web 
december 2013 by areadevelopment

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