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What It Takes to Reshore Manufacturing Successfully - MIT Sloan Management Review
The data on comparative labor and energy costs may seem compelling. But the process of bringing assembly work back to domestic factories from abroad is substantially more challenging than the economics alone would predict.
Total-Cost-Ownership  backshoring  business-globalization  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Energy Department Takes Major Steps to Increase U.S. Energy Productivity and Manufacturing - Department of Energy
By advancing the development of innovative manufacturing technologies, investing in substantial energy efficiency upgrades at production plants across the country, and training American workers for the advanced manufacturing jobs of tomorrow, the Department of Energy is helping make America’s manufacturing sector even stronger in an intensely competitive global market.
energy  government-policy  public-private-partnerships  this-week-277  around-the-web  green-economy  clean-energy  sustainable-development 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
David Cicilline and Joe Kennedy III: Congress can boost U.S. manufacturing - Providence Journal
Across the United States, industry experts and economists are increasingly optimistic about a resurgence in American manufacturing. Of course, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where the Industrial Revolution was born, we know manufacturing never really left. Just last year Rhode Island gained over 1,000 manufacturing jobs and ranked ninth in the country for job growth in this sector. In Massachusetts, 100,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing are expected to open up in the next decade. As representatives of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we recognize the manufacturing sector is a critical economic bright spot for our country. Luckily, domestic manufacturing is an area where there have been signs of bipartisan effort in Washington.
opinion  government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Which 3D Printing Innovations Will Make it a Game Changer? - PwC Emerging Technology Blog
Despite its enormous potential, the challenges of 3D printing facing the industry are many. Rapid prototyping, which has been the industry’s center of gravity, isn’t enough to change the game.  The industry needs to pivot to printing fully functional and finished products with speed and quality. Based on our research to date, the future of the industry rests on addressing three key concerns: (1) Printer performance; (2) Multi-material capability and material diversity; (3) Printing finished products
3d-printing  additive-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Is Georgia serious about rail? - Atlanta Forward Blog - AJC
The Georgia Department of Transportation has been updating citizens on the state rail plan, a federally mandated blueprint for passenger and freight. Though the state has little passenger rail service to speak of — two Amtrak lines — Georgia has to be current and prepared should opportunities arise, and to capitalize on federal dollars for projects. Today, a GDOT director outlines the strategy, while a transportation policy veteran refers to it as just so much lip service.
georgia  freight-logistics  rail-logitsics  infrastructure  government-policy  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Shipbuilders Pump $36 Billion Annually into Economy - Material Handling & Logistics
Rising shale oil production is contributing to the surging health of America’s commercial shipbuilding industry, according to Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA).
this-week-277  around-the-web  matt  transportation-industry  economic-development  manufacturing  shale-gas  marine-industry 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
2014 International Tax Competitiveness Index - Tax Foundation
The Tax Foundation’s International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) measures the degree to which the 34 OECD countries’ tax systems promote competitiveness through low tax burdens on business investment and neutrality through a well-structured tax code. The ITCI considers more than forty variables across five categories: Corporate Taxes, Consumption Taxes, Property Taxes, Individual Taxes, and International Tax Rules. The ITCI attempts to display not only which countries provide the best tax environment for investment but also the best tax environment to start and grow a business. The ITCI finds that the United States has the 32nd most competitive tax system out of the 34 OECD member countries.
studies  international-location-reports  taxes-incentives  corporate-tax  government-policy  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Art of the Tesla deal: How Nevada won a gigafactory - Reno Gazette-Journal
In the litany of stories that will now be shared among site selectors and economic development circles, the deal for Tesla's Gigafactory and the upstart state that won it will hold a place up high, said Dennis Donovan, principal for New Jersey-based site selection firm Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting. "It will go down in the annals of history as one of the biggest economic development and manufacturing wins for any area," Donovan said.
gigafactory  tesla  reno  nevada  economic-development-news  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Survey: State's Economy 'Greatest Challenge for Business' - The Litchfield County Times
Connecticut business leaders say the state's economic competitiveness is the single greatest challenge facing economic growth and job creation according to a new survey released today. The 2014 Survey of Connecticut Businesses did reveal cautious optimism, with 35 percent of respondents saying their companies were growing, and 54 percent reporting they were "holding steady." Produced by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and the accounting, tax, and consulting firm BlumShapiro, the annual survey identifies issues and trends within the state’s economic, fiscal and regulatory climates.
regional-reports  connecticut  executive-surveys  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Weight Control: West Michigan automotive suppliers adapt as automakers embrace lightweighting - MiBiz
Automakers are increasingly finding ways to remove weight from their vehicles in the pursuit of greater efficiencies. For example, the Dodge Viper sources a carbon fiber hood, roof and liftgate assembly from Plasan Carbon Composites in Walker, Mich. The components removed 150 pounds from the vehicle compared to using traditional steel. To date, the labor-intensive carbon fiber material has been used mostly on high-performance sports cars, but suppliers like Plasan are moving to cut costs by reducing cycle times.
michigan  automotive-industry  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Economic Development Officials Call for Special Tax Incentive Session in North Carolina - Tax Foundation
After North Carolina’s general assembly adjourned without renewing several tax credits or offering funding for several economic development programs, municipalities and economic development offices have begun calling for a special session. The main programs in question are the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG), which allows qualifying businesses to be rebated a share of withholding taxes paid by new employees, the film tax credit, the historic preservation tax credit, and the renewable energy tax credit. All of these programs have been reduced or allowed to expire as part of North Carolina’s landmark base-broadening tax reforms in the last few years.
government-policy  taxes-incentives  north-carolina  economic-development-news  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions to Maximize Innovation and Growth - Brookings Institution
Since their inception in the 1940s, the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories have been in the vanguard of America’s global research and development leadership. However, the national innovation system has changed in the past 70 years.
government-policy  public-private-partnerships  research&development  tech-transfer  this-week-277  around-the-web  research-commercialization 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy - Harvard Business Review
By 2013 more than half the top 50 companies were talent-based, including three of the four biggest: Apple, Microsoft, and Google. (The other was ExxonMobil.) Only 10 owed their position on the list to the ownership of resources. Over the past 50 years the U.S. economy has shifted decisively from financing the exploitation of natural resources to making the most of human talent.
skilled-labor  natural-resources  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
The Editor’s Desk: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana had highest employment in manufacturing among areas, July 2014 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Following Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California, areas with the highest employment in manufacturing were Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI (408,100), New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA (356,100), and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (261,000). Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, had the highest share of total nonfarm employment in manufacturing (47.8 percent). In contrast, Laredo, Texas had 0.7 percent of total nonfarm employment in manufacturing.
economic-indicator-reports  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  demographics  maps  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
U.S. Industrial Outlook: Growth Mode - Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Manufacturing production is forecast to grow 3.4% in 2014, 4.0% in 2015, and 3.6% in 2016 Growth drivers are energy infrastructure, the housing supply chain, transportation infrastructure, medical care expansion, widespread growth abroad, and less domestic policy uncertainty Manufacturing will continue to grow faster than the overall economy
economic-analysis  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity - Manufacturing Business Technology
For decades, manufacturers have located close to supply and demand. These strategies have shifted to address market trends: from on shoring to maintain greater control, to off-shoring in order to reduce labor and energy costs, to re-shoring with the desire to lower logistics costs and increased speed-to-market. A new concept of next-shoring, introduced by McKinsey thought leaders earlier in 2014, highlights the trend of moving manufacturing close to demand and innovation to develop the agility required to enable product variety and customization.
next-shoring  backshoring  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Turning your environment into a productivity machine - CFO Insights - Deloitte
Corporate real estate is undergoing a revolution. Companies are tearing down their walls, and the result is that shared spaces like “huddle zones” are crowding out individual workspace – including the corner office, in some cases. Such overhauls tend to yield big cost savings in the form of rent and construction costs. What many companies fail to take into account, however, is that physical space is just one component of today’s workplace. Two other components, namely virtual interactions and management practices, also play critical roles in shaping how people work and how productive they can be.
workplace-design  workplace-trends  CFO  workforce-development  humanresources  collabarative-workspace  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Collaborative Robots in Automation - Industry Market Trends
There is a misconception that robotic work cells are not compatible with custom or small-batch manufacturing common with small and medium-sized enterprises. But human-robot production environments, made possible with safer and collaborative-style robots, are tangible and lower-cost entrees to automation for such companies.
manufacturing-automation  robotics-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
3 Things Reno Can Expect From Tesla's Gigafactory - Forbes
Having been to every city in the Southern United States with a new car plant from a foreign manufacturer, I’ve noticed a pattern to what occurs when a big manufacturer arrives. Here, realistically, is what Reno can expect the gigafactory to bring.
tesla  gigafactory  reno  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Gateway City: Miami, Everyone Else, Await Panama Canal Expansion -
In the end, the larger ships, when fully laden, will not have too many options. While there are non-port issues that will have an impact as well — customs clearance, road and rail infrastructure, warehousing options — South Florida is well positioned to garner additional import business when the Panama Canal expansion is completed.
this-week-277  around-the-web  matt  florida  miami  south-atlantic  panama-canal  infrastructure  ports 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
An Energy Boom Lifts the Heartland -
The turnaround is part of a transformation spreading across the heartland of the nation, driven by a surge in domestic oil and gas production that is changing the economic calculus for old industries and downtrodden cities alike. Here in Ohio, in an arc stretching south from Youngstown past Canton and into the rural parts of the state where much of the natural gas is being drawn from shale deep underground, entire sectors like manufacturing, hotels, real estate and even law are being reshaped. A series of recent economic indicators, including factory hiring, shows momentum building nationally in the manufacturing sector.
rust-belt  regional-reports  midwest  fracking  natural-gas  energy  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-277  around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports-analysis 
september 2014 by areadevelopment
Stratasys: 3D-Printing Will Bring Manufacturing Back to Europe and US - IBT
"We'll see factories producing end-user parts and end-user products in various locations around a certain geography, so instead of centralised product development and distribution, we will have centralised product development and distributed manufacturing."
additive-manufacturing  3d-printing  this-week-277  around-the-web 
september 2014 by areadevelopment

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