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Driving energy, water, and material efficiency in your global supply chain - McKinsey & Company
Many companies have made strides in gaining resource efficiency in their own operations. But few have been able to achieve similar improvements in their supply chains. This is despite the fact that for many industries suppliers account for over 90 percent of a company’s resource footprint (e.g., most of the energy and water you buy is embedded in the products and services you procure, not bought directly for your own operations).
energy  water-availability  natural-resources  supply-chain  green-supply-chain  sustainable-development  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Retrocommissioning: Getting Back to Efficiency - FacilitiesNet
Which institutional and commercial facilities can benefit most from retrocommissioning?
green-retrofits  facility-planning  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
End-of-Year Economic Outlook: The U.S. Leads the Way - Duke CFO Survey
Nearly 60 percent of U.S. chief financial officers say their firms are not adapting to attract millennial workers – those under age 35. While millennials offer technological and creative advantages, they tend to be less loyal to the company and require more management oversight, some CFOs say.
executive-surveys  CFO  skills-gap  workforce-development  this-week-286  around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Buildings as Human Resource Tools - Future Cities
While we know intuitively that the design of buildings has a substantial impact on health, well-being, and productivity, that intuition has yet to translate into large-scale design and financing decisions -- certainly in most parts of the world.
sustainable-development  facility-planning  workforce-development  workplace-trends  workplace-design  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Buffalo pitched as site for graphene manufacturing - Buffalo Business First
Composed of pure carbon, graphene has the potential to play a vital role in the development of advanced technologies in such industry segments including computing, electronics, energy, defense, health care, telecommunications and transportation.
advanced-manufacturing  advanced-materials  buffalo  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Tenn. VW Plant Closer To Unionizing With UAW Agreement - NPR
The United Auto Workers secured recognition to represent workers at a Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Tennessee on Tuesday. It's the first time a foreign car manufacturer in the South has agreed to have its employees represented by a union.
UAW  automotive-industry  organized-labor  workforce-development  volkswagen  tennessee  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh's Revitalization - The Atlantic
The role of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, founded by a wealthy band of visionaries 30 years ago, is central—but hard to replicate.
pittsburgh  this-week-286  around-the-web  metros  urban-planning  urban-revitalization 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Volvo's electricity produced completely by landfills - Roanoke Times
Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, VA is now completely powered by methane gas, making it carbon neutral, the company announced Wednesday. The gas that produces the plant’s electricity comes from 13 landfills in the region.
volvo  automotive-industry  sustainable-development  landfill-gas  virginia  around-the-web  this-week-286 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Obama to announce $390M funding to boost manufacturing - TheHill
The funding, equal parts federal dollars and private investment, will underwrite the creation of a smart manufacturing hub run by the Department of Energy and a flexible hybrid electronics hub run by the Pentagon. They will be the seventh and eighth such institutes launched during Obama’s presidency.
government-policy  public-private-partnerships  advanced-manufacturing  innovation-hubs  research-commercialization  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
America's Oil Boom and the Role of Keystone XL - Brookings
With the United States poised to pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer, American transportation networks are straining to safely and efficiently move all this energy between different markets. Overall, the Keystone XL pipeline will do little to ease those pressures.
transportation  logistics  energy  keystone-pipeline  natural-gas  this-week-286  around-the-web 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Go to ... Hartford, Young Man? - Atlantic City Lab
The financial prospects of young adults in the U.S. look pretty grim across the board. But not in Hartford.
hartford  connecticut  this-week-286  around-the-web  metros 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Study: Iowa Tax Reform Would Boost Business - The Des Moines Register
Iowa's complex tax structure makes it a less attractive, less competitive place for investors to set up shop, do business and grow their operations, according to a financial study released Wednesday.
this-week-286  around-the-web  matt  midwest  iowa  taxes-incentives  economic-development 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Bill on Manufacturing Hubs Set to Pass - The Buffalo News
Congress is set to pass Rep. Tom Reed’s legislation creating 15 “manufacturing innovation hubs” across the country, and the Corning Republican said Wednesday he hopes that one of those factory job generators will end up in his Southern Tier district.
this-week-286  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  manufacturing-hubs  innovation-hubs  innovation 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Nissan Murano Shows its Mississippi Muscle - FORTUNE
Once a thoroughly Japanese automaker, Nissan has turned into a global one by dint of its alliance with French automaker Renault SA – as well as its expanding manufacturing footprint, which extends into the Deep South.
this-week-286  around-the-web  matt  nissan  automotive-industry  mississippi  south  manufacturing 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
Tesla Says Construction Work Underway on Plant Near Reno - Las Vegas Sun News
Tesla Motors says 400 construction workers are busy building its battery-producing factory east of Reno — and half of them are Nevadans.
this-week-286  around-the-web  matt  tesla  automotive-industry  nevada  mountain-states  batteries 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
The Commute that Divides Us - San Jose Mercury News
We see them every day -- fleets of corporate buses dotting clogged highways. But they are not just a cushy way to get tech workers to Silicon Valley; they have become the concrete symbol of the dramatic expansion of Silicon Valley's traditional borders.
this-week-286  around-the-web  matt  silicon-valley  pacific-states  california  san-francisco  technology  high-tech 
december 2014 by areadevelopment
What the Two Most Innovation-Friendly States Have in Common - Harvard Business Review
For years people have recognized that industries cluster geographically, and that the clustering can lead to superior firms.
this-week-286  around-the-web  matt  innovation  economic-development 
december 2014 by areadevelopment

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