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Building the Agile Workforce - Harvard Business Review
Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of ManpowerGroup, on finding the talent you need in an unpredictable world.
workforce-development  workforce-mobility  labor  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Q1 2014 City Momentum Index - Cities Research Centre - Jones Lang LaSalle
The combined forces of urbanisation, globalisation and technology are recasting the commercial geography of real estate – offering new opportunities and challenges in a fast-changing hierarchy of cities. In this world of rapid transformation, Jones Lang LaSalle has launched this new City Momentum Index (CMI) which tracks the speed of change of a city’s economic base and its commercial real estate market.
metros  ranking  economic-indicator-reports  commercial-real-estate  studies  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Why State Economic Development Strategies Should Be Metro-Centric -
Globalization, technology, productivity improvements, and the resulting restructuring of the world economy have led to fundamental changes that have destroyed the old paradigms of doing business. Whether these changes are on the whole good or bad, or who or what is responsible for bringing them into being, they simply are. Most cities, regions, and US states have extremely limited leverage in this marketplace and thus to a great extent are market takers more than market makers. They have to adapt to new realities, but a lack of willingness to face up to the truth, combined with geo-political conditions, mean this has seldom been done.
metros  economic-development-news  economic-development  regional-economic-development  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Tech Talkin’ Govs: Part III - SSTI
The third installment of SSTIs Tech Talkin Govs series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Delaware, Michigan, Missouri and New Mexico.
technology-based-economic-development  government-policy  high-tech  ICT  infrastructure  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Economy is Trending Up, Says Survey of Entrepreneurs -
Respondents report increased access to credit and greater use of personal savings in annual Kauffman Foundation/LegalZoom survey
executive-surveys  surveys  small-business  this-week-246  around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports  economic-forecast 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
MAPI Business Outlook: Most Indexes Show Continued Improvement - MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
The Composite Business Outlook Index increased from 66 in September to 67 Most individual indexes showed continued improvement in December, including those for Current and Prospective Shipments, Annual Orders, Export Orders, Backlog Orders, U.S. Investment, and Profit Margins The Capacity Utilization Index edged down from 30.0% to 27.3% while the Inventory Index jumped from 49 to 61. The latter indicates that inventories are rising
economic-indicator-reports  executive-surveys  manufacturing  economic-forecast  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Budget Round Up: States Address Higher Ed Affordability, Research Capacity, Workforce - SSTI
Several common themes surrounding higher education have emerged as governors across the country unveil investment priorities for the upcoming fiscal year or biennium. In many states, governors have proposed more funding to increase affordability by freezing tuition or creating new scholarship funds. Support for expanding research capacity, technology-related infrastructure and job training in high-demand industries are some of the proposed measures aimed at competitiveness.
workforce-development  education  innovation  competitiveness  government-policy  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
The American Underground -
The epicenter of entrepreneurship in the Research Triangle is the basement of a former tobacco factory in downtown Durham. Home to startups, accelerators and economic development organizations, the American Underground already has added two locations and been singled out by Google.
technology-triange  raleigh-durham  regional-reports  business-incubators  startup  north-carolina  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
CEOs' Confidence Rises for 2014 - PwC
Twice as Many Say Global Economy to Improve; 39% Strongly Predict Company Growth - Worries about over-regulation, fiscal deficits, tax policy higher than ever - Half of CEOs plan to increase the size of their workforce
executive-surveys  economic-forecast  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Energy Reforms Spur Foreign Interest in Oil and Renewable Energy - The Offshore Group
One of the most crucial aspects of manufacturing is having inexpensive and reliable access to energy.
mexico  renewable-energy  manufacturing  oil  energy  this-week-246  around-the-web  matt 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Scott: Spend $30 Million to Train Workers in STEM Occupations - Tampa Bay Times
Scott wants the Legislature to allocate $30 million next year for a new workforce training initiative focusing on careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations.
economic-development  florida  this-week-246  around-the-web  workforce  workforce-development  matt  south-atlantic  STEM 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Report Released on Megatrends Reshaping Logistics Through 2025 - Forbes
Gary Forger at MHI made me one of a number of expert reviewers of a recently released document they call “Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap.”
this-week-246  around-the-web  matt  logistics  ecommerce  robotics  automation  big-data  workforce  sustainability 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Why Hiring Lags Behind Even as U.S. Factories Hum -
Across the country, companies have been slow to add capacity to meet growing demand as the U.S. economy has picked up. And even when they are investing, they often take pains to add as few jobs as possible. Xerox Corp. has broken ground on a $35 million expansion of a sophisticated plant making high-tech toner for printers and copiers. It decided to make the investment at an existing Xerox facility in Webster, N.Y., about 12 miles outside Rochester, in part because it would require adding fewer jobs than at the other sites it considered. Fertilizer maker Mosaic Co. had planned to build a $700 million ammonia plant. But last fall it dropped those plans and decided to buy the product from a supplier instead.
site-selection  business-expansion  asset-management  adaptive-re-use  labor  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Boeing Adding Workers to Address Dreamliner Production Problems -
Reversing Some 2013 Layoffs, Contract Workers Are Added to Cope With Hiccups on Assembly Line
labor  aerospace  boeing  south-carolina  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Jindal Wants to Set Aside Funding for Workforce Development in 2014-2015 Budget -
Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to carve out a pool of money for workforce development in higher education as part of his 2014-2015 budget proposal that will be unveiled Friday.
louisiana  workforce  education  this-week-246  around-the-web  workforce-development  economic-development 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Big Michigan schools lead in degrees, lag in startups - Detroit Free Press
An alliance of Michigan's three largest universities awards more degrees than any other such network, but it lags rivals in the prized mission of transferring technology out of the classroom and into commercial ventures, according to a report released Tuesday.
university-economic-development  tech-transfer  startup  michigan  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Fracking: A Supply Chain Logistics Game Changer? - Supply Chain 24/7
Oil dependency will vary in three aspects of SCM: 1. materials, components, and packaging; 2. energy used to operate manufacturing & distribution equipment and facilities; 3. transportation services.
supply-chain  energy  natural-gas  plastics  logistics  economic-forecast  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Three things biotech entrepreneurs should know about St. Louis - MedCity News
A new district for entrepreneurs, researchers and investors is drawing in local and transplanted companies. And, investors are starting to appreciate the economics of deals done in the Midwest.
biotech  industry-clusters  st-louis  midwest  economic-development-vc  industry-organizations  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers -
The average U.S. manufacturing worker is in their late 40s or early 50s, so many will be retiring in the next 10 to 15 years. While many states and universities have developed programs that train some workers in specific industries or for specific companies, there is no major program to point to that has solved the industry-wide issue.
skilled-labor  workforce-development  skills-gap  labor  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
America’s Real Manufacturing Advantage - strategy+business
A new wave of software innovation is about to transform industry—and give the United States the chance for a lasting edge.
advanced-manufacturing  high-tech  competitiveness  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Forecasting a Supply Chain Talent “Perfect Storm” - Supply Chain 24/7
In the rush for talent, a storm may be brewing that will contract the pool for supply chain talent. There are strategic actions that enterprises can take before the winds and waves hit shore.
this-week-246  around-the-web  supply-chain  skilled-labor  workforce-development 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Charlie Brock: Tennessee builds unique accelerator network - The Tennessean
Tennessees nine regional startup accelerators — which form a statewide network that is unique in the nation — harness the power of cooperation through statewide engagement and support to ultimately create companies that can effectively compete in the global marketplace. Since January 2013, Tennessee’s accelerator network has screened more than 1,600 companies, engaged more than 600 mentors and helped launch 348 businesses.
business-accelerators  business-incubators  tennessee  startup  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Semiconductor technologies key to revitalizing U.S. manufacturing industry - The Pendulum
President Obamas Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute plans to shift the industry from producing silicon semiconductors to relying on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors.
semi-conductor  electronics-industry  advanced-manufacturing  government-policy  north-carolina  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Economic Development Policy: Moving from Incentives to Co-Investment - Ed Morrisons Garage
S o much of our obsession with economic development in local and state government focuses on incentives. By some accounting, state and local incentives total over $60 billion a year, and there’s a business in enabling businesses to grab these goodies.
this-week-246  around-the-web  matt  taxes-incentives  economic-development  site-selection 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Made in the USA: Manufacturing is back - The Boston Globe
Companies have five key criteria when deciding where to locate factories: first, they want a manufacturing site that’s close to developers and suppliers to reduce the time from design to production; second, they want to be near technology development so they can take advantage of process innovations and facilitate product variety; third, they want proximity to their consumers; fourth, they want a place with low transportation costs to suppliers and markets; and finally, they want a location with reduced production costs, essentially where labor is cheap. The United States wins on most of these fronts — a reality that many companies grasp.
u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring  labor-costs  innovation  tech-transfer  innovation-hubs  supply-chain  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Clean Tech Crash? Google, Boeing and Cisco Beg to Differ - Supply Chain 24/7
While government-funded clean tech investments have been of value, it’s increasingly obvious that the private sector is driving the technology solutions we require.
clean-tech  green-economy  this-week-246  around-the-web  high-tech 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Technology: What's Next for 3-D Printing? - IndustryWeek
It is safe to say that in 2013, 3-D printing has changed manufacturing. Its impact is clear from product development to finished goods, from innovation to production. But that's only the beginning...
additive-manufacturing  3d-printing  economic-forecast  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Favorable Forecast: Five Manufacturing Trends to Be Thankful For - IndustryWeek
Judging by the data and the trends, 2014 is shaping up to be the sort of year North American manufacturers can be grateful for.
this-week-246  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  3d-printing  additive-manufacturing  data  reshoring 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
The real future of U.S. manufacturing - The Edgy Optimist
These factory workers bear little resemblance to the 1950s line workers doing rote tasks. They are more like Silicon Valley engineers or lab technicians. These are high-skill jobs — and not nearly as plentiful as the factory jobs of the past. That is, of course, no reason to dismiss the importance of cultivating these centers. Promising that they will be job engines, however, is dicey at best..
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
9 Tactics to Build a Best in Class Manufacturing Safety Program - Cerasis
Setting a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations with major bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image impact.
this-week-246  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  facility-planning 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Echelon Snowboards Announces US Manufacturing; Product Redesign - Transworld Business
From the beginning, it has been our desire to produce in the US. Why did it take this long? Well because we didnt set out to just compete with a cookie cutter product based solely on where it was made, we set out to dominate on innovation, quality, and performance. It has always been our mission to find a US production partner that shared our mindset and understood you can’t get 21st century results from complacent thinking and outdated materials while using thirty-year-old equipment. Point blank, that isnt how we roll.
onshoring  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  michigan  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
How China can counter revitalisation of US manufacturing - South China Morning Post
He Yafei says Beijing needs a strategy to deal with the challenges created by the revitalisation of American manufacturing and the US rebalancing towards Asia that aim to curb Chinese influence
china  opinion  business-globalization  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Proposed Arizona tax Breaks Teed up for Apple, other Big Businesses - Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer proposed new energy tax breaks at her State of the State speech Monday that could aid Apple Inc.'s new production plant in Mesa, plus other large manufacturers.
around-the-web  this-week-246  matt  apple  economic-development  site-selection  mesa  taxes-incentives  arizona  southwest  manufacturing 
january 2014 by areadevelopment
Tech Talkin’ Govs: Part II - SSTI
The second installment of SSTI’s Tech Talkin’ Govs series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Virginia.
technology-based-economic-development  government-policy  high-tech  ICT  innovation  this-week-246  around-the-web 
january 2014 by areadevelopment

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