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American Competitiveness Demands Immigration Reform - Harvard Business Review
There is wide recognition that we must fix our immigration system, but the many ways in which more open immigration would help build the economy are still not fully appreciated.
around-the-web  this-week-251  immigration-reform  government-policy  entrepreneurship  competitiveness  visa 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
How to Make a Cheap Battery for Storing Solar Power - MIT Technology Review
A new kind of battery invented by Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science at Carnegie Mellon University and founder of the startup Aquion Energy, could make renewable electricity more practical and economical around the world. Aquion is about to start full-scale production of the batteries at a new factory in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
shop-floor  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  batteries  electric-vehicle  automotive-industry  green-economy  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
McKinsey’s factory planning and design initiative - McKinsey & Company
Why is factory planning so difficult? Potential reasons range from a prevailing bias toward building factories without ensuring they can adapt to market volatility, to having planning teams that lack business mindsets and capabilities, to a functional silo mentality that deters collaboration.
events  facility-planning  manufacturing  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
The sheer size of Tesla’s massive battery factory could be a game-changer in many ways - GIGAOM
Teslas huge battery factory would not only be the biggest of its kind in the world (and perhaps even the biggest factory in the world), it could change international relations, and disrupt both cars and the electric grid.
advanced-manufacturing  electric-vehicle  automotive-industry  tesla  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Innovation Districts Appear in Cities as disparate as Montreal and London - Brookings Institution
For years, corporate campuses like Silicon Valley were known for innovation. Located in suburban corridors that were only accessible by car, these places put little emphasis on creating communities where people work, live and go out. But now, as the economy emerges from the recession, a shift is occurring where innovation is taking place.
diaspora  metros  suburbs  corporate-headquarters  high-tech  innovation-hubs  silicon-valley  urban-planning  research-center  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Meet Your Maker: The Third Industrial Revolution Will Be Crowdsourced and Digitized - GE Reports
Furstoss says that designers, production engineers, and supply chain partners will soon collaborate on crowdsourcing platforms and virtually test the manufacturing process without touching materials or machines.
advanced-manufacturing  additive-manufacturing  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Sustainability@Work: Attitudes across roles and around the world - Johnson Controls
Employees want to work for organizations that enable them to behave sustainably, but they don’t want it to burden them or change their work patterns.
sustainable-development  workforce-development  labor  green-economy  studies  facility-planning  this-week-251  around-the-web  green-facilities 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
NAFTA, 20 Years Later: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? - Knowledge@Wharton
Even now, 20 years after NAFTA was enacted in 1994, the trade agreement’s legacy remains enshrouded in controversy, not only in the United States, but in Canada and Mexico as well.
NAFTA  free-trade-agreements  business-globalization  mexico  canada  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
What America’s Fastest-Growing Economies Have in Common -
For one thing, none are huge population magnets. They’re also either at the center of the energy boom or indirectly benefiting from the advances in fracking technology. And they share another common trait, too: along with Columbus, Ind., also in the top 10, most of these metro areas depend on one major, export-oriented industry sector to bring in outside income and drive growth.
metros  demographics  ranking  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
The Top 5 Opportunities in Your Supply Chain - Supply Chain 24/7
Supply chain management is no longer a cost center for business. To many manufacturing companies, it is now considered the most important part of the business.
this-week-251  around-the-web  supply-chain  manufacturing  matt  data 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
UW-Madison a partner in national effort to retool U.S. manufacturing - University of Wisconsin-Madison News
Funded with $70 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, the newly formed Digital Lab for Manufacturing will develop an innovative suite of digital tools that will enhance the efficiency and lower the cost of manufactured products, from conception to production.
research-center  advanced-manufacturing  high-tech  wisconsin  university-economic-development  this-week-251  around-the-web  research&development 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Apple Warns Arizona Governor Anti-Gay Bill Will Hurt Highly Anticipated Sapphire Glass Factory - ThinkProgress
Twenty-one states have bills in place that protect against sexual discrimination. Other states, including Kansas, Idaho and Ohio have failed to implement similar anti-gay bills that give businesses license to refuse service based on religious convictions.
this-week-251  around-the-web  matt  arizona  southwest  apple  manufacturing 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
How to Recruit & Fill Today's Manufacturing Jobs - Industry Market Trends
Gone are the days of manufacturing lines with manual processes overseen by several employees. Gone too are the days of a high school education being sufficient to secure and maintain one of these positions. Today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs require employees to be computer savvy, able to multi-task, and able to transfer seamlessly between production processes. Recruiters for these manufacturing jobs thus need to revamp their mentality and methods in attempting to fill these positions.
skilled-labor  workforce-development  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  humanresources  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Bringing lean thinking to energy - McKinsey & Company
Beset by rising costs, resource-intensive manufacturers are applying lean-management thinking in new ways to reduce the amount of energy used in production, to increase resource productivity—or both.
facility-planning  energy  industrial-production  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Do You Live in One of America's Most Innovative States? - The Motley Fool
Americans are proud of their innovative heritage, and rightly so. But innovation isn't equally distributed across the country -- it thrives in pockets of high-tech development and withers where state and local governments fail to provide adequate support. Everyone knows about California's Silicon Valley, but that area isn't the only part of America, or even of California, where innovation is a fact of life for residents and workers.
innovation-hubs  ranking  state-rankings  innovation  STEM-workforce  this-week-251  around-the-web  high-tech  research&development 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Blue-Green Opportunities: Energy Efficiency and Jobs Impacts in the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence - World Resources Institute
U.S. manufacturing—and the jobs that go with it—have been steadily increasing since 2010. As President Obama mentioned during last month’s State of the Union address, the U.S. economy added 568,000 new manufacturing sector jobs between January 2010 and December 2013.
this-week-251  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  energy-efficiency  economic-development  environmental-policy 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
$140M Prize: State wins Manufacturing Institute; Will be Built in Canton - Detroit Free Press
A Michigan-based consortium of businesses, universities and other organizations has won a $140-million competition to become one of the first three manufacturing innovation institutes in the nation, the White House announced Saturday.
this-week-251  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  innovation  detroit  michigan  manufacturing-Institute  obama 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Honda Opens Second Plant in Rising Auto Power Mexico - IndustryWeek
Honda unveils a second factory in Mexico, seizing on the nation's rising power in the sector to boost the Japanese car giant's foothold in North America.
this-week-251  around-the-web  honda  automotive-industry  matt  mexico  manufacturing 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Powering Advanced Industries: A Bipartisan Dialogue on State Strategies - Brookings Institution
Innovation and STEM-worker intensive advanced industries drive regional and national economic development in the United States. For that reason, states like Colorado and Tennessee are increasingly taking the lead in fostering these crown-jewel industries in the face of inaction in Washington.
colorado  tennessee  mountaiin-states  south  this-week-251  around-the-web  brookings  economic-development  advanced-industries  STEM  STEM-workforce  workforce 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Sustainable Manufacturing System to Better Consider the Human Component -
Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new approach toward "sustainable manufacturing" that begins on the factory floor and tries to encompass the totality of manufacturing issues – including economic, environmental, and social impacts.
this-week-251  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  sustainable-manufacturing  workforce  labor  facility-planning  factories 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
New York opens its Green Bank - MuniLand
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the state’s Green Bank to provide financing for in-state alternative energy projects.
green-economy  government-policy  sustainable-development  new-york  this-week-251  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment

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