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Automakers Talk about what Drives their Industry -
The heads of auto plants in Alabama and Mississippi spoke candidly about the challenges and successes of building cars in the South during the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
this-week-280  around-the-web  matt  automotive-industry 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition - Harvard Business Review
Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways.
this-week-280  around-the-web  matt  information-technology  manufacturing  technology 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Industrial Robotics Paving the Way for Factory of the Future - Todays Medical Developments
Advanced robotics to revolutionize the manufacturing industry, according to PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute.
this-week-280  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  robotics-manufacturing 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
The U.S. as One of the Developed World's Lowest-Cost Manufacturers: Beyond the American Export Surge - bcg.perspectives
The growing supply of domestic, low-cost natural gas is playing a critical, contributing role in the nascent U.S. manufacturing renaissance and is translating into economic benefits for U.S. companies in industries beyond energy and related sectors.
energy  natural-gas  international-location-reports  natural-resources  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
8 Simple Strategies to Maximize Energy Savings - Buildings
Nothing helps an initiative get off the ground like some easy victories, so the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council has shared 8 tips (including some you can do to save money today) that can help your energy-reduction efforts score big on the electricity bill.
sustainable-development  facility-planning  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
How to Get the Most Out of Your Industrial Assets - GE Ideas Lab
Assets do the heavy lifting of industrial operations; they’re directly responsible for production. Their efficiency impacts overall efficiency, and their failure can result in huge — and costly — unplanned downtime. Getting the most out of your assets is the first step in transforming your industrial operations.
asset-management  industrial-operations  sustainable-development  this-week-280  around-the-web  big-data 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Census Bureau Completes Release of All 364 Manufacturing Reports from Economic Census Industry Series - Department of Commerce
In recognition of Manufacturing Day on October 3, the Census Bureau presents descriptions of its wide array of data products on the manufacturing sector of the economy. Additionally, statistics on all 364 industries in the manufacturing sector are now available from the 2012 Economic Census.
this-week-280  around-the-web  u.s.-manufacturing  demographics  economic-indicator-reports 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
A Newer Geography of Jobs: Where Workers with Advanced Degrees Are Concentrating the Fastest - The Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University
In 1963, nearly 75% of America’s top 50 companies owned and extracted natural resources. By 2013, only 20% of top firms were natural resource-based. Today, knowledge-focused industries such as IBM comprise over 50% of America’s top 50 firms. Translation: talent is the new oil.
demographics  metros  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
The Cities That Are Benefiting The Most From The Economic Recovery -
It is painfully clear that the current U.S. economic recovery has been a meager one, with the benefits highly concentrated among the wealthiest. The notion that “a rising tide” lifts all boats has been sunk, along with the good ship middle class.
this-week-280  around-the-web  demographics  metros  ranking  economic-indicator-reports 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
U.S. Broadband Speed Ranking: We're No. 14! We're No. 14! - ReadWrite
Akamai’s "State of the Internet" report for the first quarter of 2014 revealed a sorry fact: Compared to other nations, the United States can’t cut the mustard when it comes to broadband speeds.
ICT  broadband  ranking  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
How Does Your State Score on Property Tax Administration? Probably Not Very Well - Tax Foundation
Though the amount of taxes we pay is important, the manner in which we pay them is equally worth considering. Last month, the Council on State Taxation (COST) and the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) released a scorecard grading countries (and the states, which I’m most interested in) on their property tax administration practices.
government-policy  property-tax  business-climate  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Intermodal links will define US port success post-Panama Canal expansion -
Big gateway ports like New York/New Jersey, Charleston and Savannah, which are deepening their harbors and expanding terminals to handle bigger ships, will be big winners in the battle for cargo coming through the Panama Canal. But smaller ports could also see benefit from containers transshipped onto smaller ships in Colon, Panama and other Caribbean transshipment hubs like Kingston, Jamaica.
intermodal  panama-canal  freight-logistics  port-of-newark  port-of-charleston  port-of-savannah  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
3D printing: Could it cut supply chains to one link? - PwC
This scenario is not lost on manufacturers, even though it seems futuristic. About 30% of manufacturers believe that, potentially, the greatest disruption to emerge from widespread adoption will be “restruc­tured supply chains,” according to a PwC survey published in one of our recent white papers, 3D printing and the new shape of industrial manufacturing. Logistics companies see this coming. UPS is testing 3D printing services aimed at start-ups, small businesses, and retail customers at six test locations including San Diego and New York City.
3d-printing  additive-manufacturing  supply-chain  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Three Reasons Tesla Picked Nevada for Gigafactory - EV WORLD.COM
Perhaps just as important as proximity is the question of energy. Musk has promised that the Gigafactory will be powered by renewable energy. The rendering at the top of the page is an illustration of what the plant may look like. It includes giant solar panel fields and on a distant ridge filled with wind turbines. What it doesn't show is maybe the deal clincher: geothermal.
geothermal-energy  wind-energy  solar  electric-vehicle  automotive-industry  tesla  nevada  site-selection-factors  energy  around-the-web  this-week-280  maps 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Make It Work: The future of workplace design - Warren and Mahoney Architects
With the rise of flexible working, workplaces need to be ‘sticky’; they need to help people to work to their best potential by offering better opportunities for collaborating and concentrating than anywhere else.
this-week-280  around-the-web  workplace-design  workplace-trends  collabarative-workspace  office-design 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Dallas Company Sues GO-Biz Over Tax Credits - Sacramento Business Journal
A Dallas-based economic and tax consultant has sued Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development over the governor’s recent ban on commissions for economic development work.
this-week-280  around-the-web  matt  taxes-incentives  california  pacific-states  economic-development  site-selection  consultants 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Canada One of the Most Popular Destinations for Job Seekers - The Globe and Mail
The U.S., the U.K. and Canada are the world’s most popular country destinations for job seekers, a Boston Consulting Group global survey of more than 200,000 people released Sunday showed.
this-week-280  around-the-web  matt  jobs  canada  united-kingdom  location-canada 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
The Strategic Sourceror: Mineral deposits a huge factor in US manufacturing - Source One Management Services
While the U.S. manufacturing economy continues a slow, but progressive upward trend, National Mining Association CEO and President Hal Quinn maintains that a "gross structural mismatch" exists between the country's mineral supply and demand. As a result, this imbalance hinders the U.S. production sector from growing at a faster rate.
natural-resources  supply-chain  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
If No End to Incentives for Jobs, then What? - Brookings Institution
Nevada’s recent incentive package, valued at $1.25 billion, to bring Tesla’s battery production near Reno has reignited a longstanding debate about the merits of state and local economic development subsidies to attract or retain firms and whether to ban the practice all together.
this-week-280  around-the-web  matt  taxes-incentives  nevada  tesla  mountain-states  automotive-industry  economic-development  site-selection  jobs 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Advanced Manufacturing: Incubating Innovation - MIT Technology Review
The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise.
advanced-manufacturing  this-week-280  around-the-web  virginia 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
How A National Network Can Spur Manufacturing Innovation - Forbes
A formerly abandoned warehouse in Youngstown, Ohio is home to the latest 3D printing technology; at North Carolina State University next generation power electronics are being developed; in Chicago a consortium of companies, non-profits and research institutions is working on digital manufacturing and design innovation; in Detroit new processes to make lightweight metals are being developed.
advanced-manufacturing  this-week-280  around-the-web  ohio  illinois  michigan  north-carolina  government-policy  innovation-hubs  industrial-ecosystem 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
How to fix skills gap in U.S. manufacturing sector -
The feds can't address our nation's shortage of skilled labor on their own. Private-sector firms — especially those in manufacturing — must also invest in training the next generation of workers. Indeed, without qualified staff fluent in the technology that runs today's factories, manufacturers will not be able to survive. Modern manufacturing is more than pulling levers and navigating forklifts throughout a plant. Consider the workflow of, say, an engineer at a facility making chairs.
skills-gap  workforce-development  u.s.-manufacturing  opinion  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
FDA Invents: How Technology Transfer Gets FDA Inventions from Lab to Marketplace - FDA Voice
If you think the term “government invention” is an oxymoron—well, think again. You may be surprised to learn that many of the breakthrough technologies that shape our lives today are the brainchildren of government researchers—including those at FDA.
government-policy  tech-transfer  research-commercialization  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
Breaking research out of the lab: Canada doesn’t lack innovators, it lacks entrepreneurial innovators - Financial Post
Canada needs more innovation. Or so recent news headlines across the country would have you believe. And yet many of the country’s universities, colleges and hospitals are ranked among the best globally in terms of research. Canada’s problem is not a lack of innovation. What we are terrible at is commercializing that research. Most innovations in Canada are either commercialized abroad, or worse, never make it out of the lab.
research-commercialization  innovation  canada  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment
'Innovation District' Could Bring 1 Million Square Feet Of New Office Space To Durham - WUNC
Downtown Durham has undergone a major transformation over the past decade.  And economic development projects are not slowing down with new hotels, office space and housing under construction.
metros  raleigh-durham  north-carolina  innovation-hubs  research-center  biotech  this-week-280  around-the-web 
october 2014 by areadevelopment

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