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Michigan could add 100,000 jobs as auto technologies hub, study says - Detroit Free Press
Michigan is poised to gain up to 100,000 new jobs from advanced mobility technologies in the auto industry — but only if the state acts now to meet competitive threats from other U.S. regions and emerging nations, plus established automotive powers Germany and Japan.
automotive-industry  detroit  michigan  workforce-development  labor  innovation-hubs  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Zappos' CEO on Using Corporate Relocation to Preserve Customer-Led Culture - Tony Hsieh - Harvard Business Review
In the years since Zappos was founded, we’ve had to make some big decisions. One of the most significant came in early 2004 when we decided to relocate from San Francisco to Las Vegas.Our biggest problem then was customer service—specifically, finding the right employees to staff our call center.
executive-leadership  corporate-headquarters  site-selection  call-centers  las-vegas  nevada  this-week-244  around-the-web  ecommerce 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
U.S. Struggles to Keep Pace in Delivering Broadband Service - NYTimes.com
The United States, the country that invented the Internet, is falling dangerously behind in offering high-speed, affordable broadband service to businesses and consumers, according to technology experts and an array of recent studies.
broadband  ICT  infrastructure  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Enrich office space and see productivity rise - HC Online
Employees who have control over the design and organisation of their personal workspace are happier, healthier and up to 32%* more productive.
productivity  workplace-design  workplace-trends  office-design  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Lancaster, CA: U.S. ‘Model City’ for Alternative Energy - Ideas Lab
How Lancaster, a city of 157,000, attained this distinction was through the mayor’s determination to save the city money and jumpstart job creation.
regional-reports  california  economic-development-news  green-economy  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Foresight: A Global Infrastructure Perspective - KPMG
Enabling people and goods to move efficiently and safely is critical to just in time delivery and other critical economic drivers and is the cornerstone for many of societys basic quality of life functions. With public sector budgets falling year-on-year, US state transportation authoritys are struggling to maintain the quality of their assets, which comprise of roads and highways, airports, bridges, ports and real estate, as well as buses, trains, ferries and fleets of cars and trucks. Many are looking to leading practices from around the globe to address their program needs.
economic-development-news  infrastructure  logistics  government-policy  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Is There a Skills Gap? It’s Less Clear-Cut Than You Think - Renewing America
Closing the “skills gap” is high on the list of priorities for Washington policymakers. But the debate behind the skills gaps—whether it exists, how large it might be, and what to do about it—is much less clear-cut than a casual reading of the papers would suggest.
skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-development  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Clean Technology: Remaking Auto Alley - Mother Earth News
In Small, Gritty, and Green (MIT Press), Catherine Tumber takes a look into America’s once thriving industrial cities throughout the Rust Belt. This excerpt considers how clean technology throughout Auto Alley could contribute to a shift toward low-carbon economy and benefit all levels of the auto industry.
sustainable-development  green-economy  automotive-industry  rust-belt  regional-reports  midwest  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
How to Build a Productive Tech Economy - Richard Florida - The Atlantic Cities
Technological innovation is a key factor – if not the key factor – in economic growth and job generation.
this-week-244  around-the-web  technology  economic-development  jobs  tech  innovation  matt 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
US Energy Boom Continues To Surprise - Business Insider
Economists have recently been scrambling to crank up their U.S. GDP growth forecasts.
this-week-244  around-the-web  energy  economic-development  oil  matt  gas 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Collegiate Design: The New Driver for Workplace Design - HOK
By incorporating campus design concepts into the workplace, organizations can improve recruitment and employee retention while supporting evolving work styles, believe HOKs Brett Shwery and KI’s Jonathan Webb. In this new publication, Shwery and Webb examine how to integrate campus design principles into the workplace and predict factors that will influence the continuous evolution of workplace design.
workforce-development  collabarative-workspace  workplace-design  interior-design  office-design  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
This time, auto makers approach 16 million units responsibly - RubberNews.com
New U.S. light-vehicle sales are widely expected to surpass 16 million in 2014 for the first time since 2007, the culmination of a long recovery from the disastrous recession. But little else about the auto industry today resembles the last 16 million-unit year, when auto makers regularly overproduced and artificially raised demand by throwing blowout sales to get rid of the excess.
automotive-industry  economic-analysis  this-week-244  around-the-web  industry-reports 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Four U.S. Markets Ranked Among Top Five Global Picks for CRE Investment - CoStar Group
Foreign commercial real estate investors ranked four U.S. markets among their top five global picks for acquiring commercial property, according to the results of the 22nd Annual Survey taken among the members of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE).
commercial-real-estate  ranking  metros  executive-surveys  san-francisco  houston  los-angeles  new-york-city  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Beating Competitors with High-Speed Innovation - strategy+business
With the help of the boutique consulting firm ExploLab, SNCF set up TGVLab, a small unit responsible for identifying, prioritizing, piloting, and validating innovative service ideas that carried a high risk but also held great potential for revenue growth in TGV.
research&development  research-commercialization  innovation  high-speed-rail  france  manufacturing-value-added  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Puget Sound Region must appeal to innovation generation - The News Tribune
The Puget Sound metro area finished 2013 well positioned for growth in the coming year. That’s according to two reports released last month. With Friday’s vote securing the 777X for the region, Boeing machinists make the predictions a certainty.
innovation  metros  seattle  washington  boeing  boeing-777  this-week-244  around-the-web  workforce-development  high-tech 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Boeing's Victory in Labor Fight Hurts Pensions, Helps the 777x - Businessweek
Boeing’s (BA)new labor contract with Seattle-area aerospace workers will leave production of the company’s new 777X jumbo jet in the region. The narrow vote—approved 51 percent to 49 percent—deeply split the local and national chapters of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and will save Boeing tens of millions in long-term wage and benefit costs. After three months of acrimony, here’s what we learned:
aerospace  boeing-777  boeing  washington  organized-labor  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
New York's Budget Surplus Good News for Manufacturers - Industry Week's Manufacturing Savvy
Thanks to a $2 billion state surplus, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that manufacturers will benefit from this positive economic status.
u.s.-manufacturing  economic-development-news  new-york  government-policy  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
China Has a Dominant Share of World Manufacturing - MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
China displaced the United States as the world’s largest manufacturing nation in 2010 and widened its lead in 2012, according to recently published data from the United Nations.
china  u.s.-manufacturing  business-globalization  ranking  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Will ICT Transform Resource Use in 2014? Five Sustainability Predictions for 2014 - Microsoft Green Blog
Better clean-energy systems, smarter building-management tools and new ways of using information technology to boost sustainability will all be factors in business this year, Microsoft's Robert Bernard predicts.
ICT  infrastructure  sustainable-development  facility-planning  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Slowly, Asia’s Factories Begin to Turn Green - NYTimes.com
Intel’s $1 billion plant, about 10 miles from downtown Ho Chi Minh City, embraces environmental and sustainability measures far beyond those required by Vietnam’s laws.
sustainable-development  green-manufacturing  LEED  facility-planning  asia  business-globalization  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
In 2014, Cities Take the Lead - Entrepreneurship.org
How are city leaders now moving beyond dated “cluster and technology park” thinking to appeal to entrepreneurs and investors?
small-business  startup  metros  economic-development-news  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Five Predictions for 2014 - National Real Estate Investor
As 2014 gets underway, David Lynn, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief investment strategist at Cole Real Estate Investments Inc., takes the opportunity to make fold bold predictions for the year.
commercial-real-estate  economic-forecast  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Abolish the Corporate Income Tax - NYTimes.com
I, like many economists, suspect that our corporate income tax is economically self-defeating — hurting workers, not capitalists, and collecting precious little revenue to boot.
opinion  corporate-tax  economic-analysis  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Why Factory Jobs May be Returning to America - Macleans.ca
With its 1.5 million factory workers earning as little as $300 a month to make iPhones, laptops and PlayStations, the Chinese behemoth Foxconn has become a potent symbol of America’s manufacturing decline and the transfer of jobs to Asia.
this-week-244  around-the-web  matt  economic-development  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
How the United States is reinventing itself yet again - Washington Post
Because the United States continues to lead the world in its ability to adapt to, incorporate and develop new systems and new technologies, we are uniquely poised to reap a disproportionate share of the benefits of technological shifts.
competitiveness  advanced-manufacturing  additive-manufacturing  innovation  this-week-244  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment

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