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Next step for U.S. manufacturing is ‘mass customization,’ Siemens exec says - Charlotte Business Journal
American manufacturing is in the middle of a software revolution that will lead it to the “mass customization” of products around the globe. So instead of ordering products from a fullfilment center somewhere, they will be made on an advanced-manufacturing production line somewhere else.
advanced-manufacturing  micro-factories  u.s.-manufacturing  siemens  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
The Value of Deep Retrofits - Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency
Deep building retrofits are attractive investments, yet they are often not completed because the full value of the retrofit isn’t taken into account. Such retrofits are typically evaluated based on energy savings alone, leaving the non-energy benefits out of the investment decision making process.
facility-planning  green-retrofits  sustainable-development  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Boeing’s Long Shadow -
The Seahawks 12th Man paint job that Boeing workers put on a brand new 747 freighter just before the Super Bowl brought back a glimpse of the Boeing connection that we used to take for granted. The challenge for Boeing and for regional leaders is to rebuild that connection. In Seattle we will always live in the "Jet City."
regional-reports  industry-clusters  aerospace  washington  seattle  boeing  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
China Export Prowess Wanes in U.S., Europe - Bloomberg
The Made in China label is losing traction with its two biggest customers. After three decades of gains, China’s share of U.S. imports has plateaued and in Europe it’s in decline.
china  labor  business-globalization  manufacturing  backshoring  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Workplace Innovation Today: The Coworking Center - NAIOP
All indicators point to the continued growth and diversification of coworking centers, which also are beginning to impact the functions and facilities of mainstream corporate workplaces.
coworking-space  workplace-design  workplace-trends  office-design  facility-planning  this-week-253  around-the-web  studies 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Top 30 U.S. markets wield more economic clout than China - The Business Journals
The new national rankings show that 31 U.S. metros have local economies larger than $100 billion, as measured by GMP. Another 21 areas are between $50 billion and $99 billion.
GMP  economic-indicator-reports  ranking  this-week-253  around-the-web  metros 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
DHA Holdings, supplier to GE and Mitsubishi, bets big with manufacturing expansion - Albany Business Review
DHA Holdings won business from GE because Dussault's employees created a new way for GE to make c-coils, layers of copper that are intricately wound and bound together inside turbines that generate power.
contract-manufacturing  new-york  site-selection-factors  heavy-machinery  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Reversing the LeBron Effect: Cleveland Looks to Attract Young Talent - Free Enterprise
A small market city on the chilly banks of Lake Erie, Cleveland has suffered an exodus so substantial that the population has withered by more than 17% since 2000. So what are Cleveland boosters doing to lure back young talent? The answer is a cocktail of affordable housing, heavy-duty renovations, and professional upward mobility.
workforce-development  metros  cleveland  this-week-253  around-the-web  economic-development-news 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Shedding Light: Should the U.S. Export Crude Oil and Petroleum Products? - MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Exports of petroleum products have benefited the economy by contributing to a reduced trade deficit. Exports of crude oil would do likewise. Exports provide incentives for continued development of U.S. energy resources, an activity that benefits manufacturers as well as the overall economy
industry-organizations  u.s.-manufacturing  energy  natural-gas  business-globalization  economic-analysis  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Regional Powerhouses Driving The US Economy - Business Insider
The concept of mega-regions dates back to 1957, when the economic geographer Jean Gottmancoined the term “megalopolis” to describe the emerging economic hub that stretched from Boston to D.C.
this-week-253  around-the-web  matt  megaregions  economic-development 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
U.S. Manufacturing Is Back. Sort Of. - Bloomberg View
Ford Motor Co. says it will be moving production of its F-650 and F-750 pickup trucks from Escobedo, Mexico, to Avon Lake, Ohio. This may seem like a triumph for U.S. competitiveness, but as usual, the truth about modern American manufacturing is more complex.
u.s.-manufacturing  nearshoring  backshoring  automotive-industry  ford  ohio  mexico  NAFTA  free-trade-agreements  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
GE builds a home for domestic manufacturing in Kentucky - Plastics News
GE Appliance has aggressively recruited engineers, designers and skilled manufacturing specialists. Now, people from all functions work together, as designers, machine operators and molding technicians sit in the same room to plan new products. The company has greatly increased worker training.
GE  consumer-goods  electronics-industry  kentucky  research-center  innovation-centers  u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring  this-week-253  around-the-web  research&development 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers' Skill Gap - NPR
Not enough Americans are training for the jobs industry needs to fill. Nationwide, about 4 million job openings are going unfilled, but 10 million people are unemployed, according to Labor Department statistics. The phenomenon is puzzling to some European companies that have expanded to the U.S. and are used to a more skilled workforce.
germany  skilled-labor  STEM-workforce  workforce-development  labor  industry-organizations  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Survey Shows Manufacturers Upbeat About Future - National Association of Manufacturers
Manufacturers are showing the highest level of business optimism since late 2012, according to the latest National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers.
economic-indicator-reports  executive-surveys  manufacturing  this-week-253  around-the-web  industry-organizations 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
The Mega-Regions of North America - Martin Prosperity Institute
Cities have always been the natural economic units of the world. But over the past several decades, clusters of cities and city regions have grown outward and into each other, forming mega-regions. More than just a collection of cities or one giant city, a mega-region is greater than the sum of its parts.
megaregions  metros  demographics  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
ALMMII Is Obama Manufacturing Hubs' LM3I Innovation Institute - News
The latest initiative to emerge from the Obama administration’s efforts to assist the progress of U.S. advance manufacturing is the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or ALMMII.
government-policy  research-center  innovation-hubs  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing Coming Out of Hibernation - ThomasNet News
U.S. factory orders in January slipped for the second straight month, and the brutal winter proved a drag on manufacturing as shipments of goods also fell.
this-week-253  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-development 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
In Reviving Made in USA, the Value Proposition is Top of Mind - Apparel Magazine
Old brands, new brands and even a blue brand are reinforcing the importance of American manufacturing in the apparel ecosystem.
apparel  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-253  around-the-web  textiles-clothing-industries 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
The Super Region, from the View of a Site Selection Professional - FORWARD Florida
In the ultra-competitive world of corporate relocation and economic development, the Super Region is positioned quite well. Here’s why, according to John H. Boyd, founder of Princeton, N.J.-based The Boyd Co. Inc.
this-week-253  around-the-web  matt  florida  south-atlantic  super-region  warehousing  panama-canal  site-selection  infrastructure 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
The top 15 cities for biotech venture funding - FierceBiotech
Anyone looking to start a biotech company should pay close attention to this list. Venture groups, entrepreneurs and increasingly Big Pharma have been concentrating their money and their attention in a few key places, only occasionally straying from the beaten path when funding a high-risk drug development effort.
venturecapital  capital-access  biotech  pharmaceuticals  industry-clusters  this-week-253  around-the-web  raleigh-durham  boston  san-francisco  san-diego  Philadelphia  chicago  Cincinnati  denver  seattle 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
High Tech Leaves NYC Behind -
While some urban boosters such as Richard Florida and Bruce Katz predict that new tech centers will not be the traditional suburban nerdistans, but instead the dense places where “smart” people cluster, there’s reason to be skeptical.
metros  demographics  innovation-hubs  high-tech  new-york-city  this-week-253  around-the-web  suburbs 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
Cisco to open one of four global innovation centre in Toronto; invests $100M - The Windsor Star
The California-based company, which is the world's largest maker of computer-networking equipment, said it will invest $100 million in the Toronto centre over the next decade.
research&development  semi-conductor  high-tech  electronics-industry  advanced-manufacturing  research-center  this-week-253  around-the-web  cisco 
march 2014 by areadevelopment
California launches successor to enterprise zone program - The Sacramento Bee
Hundreds of local governments and businesses across California will be eligible for various hiring credits, sales-tax exemptions, and tax credits meant to attract or retain employers that constitute a new initiative championed by the Brown administration that began taking shape last month.
economic-development-news  taxes-incentives  government-policy  california  this-week-253  around-the-web 
march 2014 by areadevelopment

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