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Tech Talkin’ Govs: HI, MT Govs Address Innovation Infrastructure, Apprenticeships - SSTI
SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs series has returned as governors across the country formally convene the 2015 legislative sessions. The series highlights new and expanded TBED proposals from governors' State of the State, Budget and Inaugural addresses. The fourth installment of this year’s series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Hawaii and Montana. Read the first, second  and third installments of this year’s series.
Hawaii  montana  technology-based-economic-development  government-policy  governors-agendas  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Injecting Competitiveness into U.S. Manufacturing - Mike Laszkiewicz, Vice President & General Manager - Rockwell Automation
The Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council wants the United States to remain a manufacturing leader. And the Manufacturing Council, which advises Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on the manufacturing industry, works to identify and recommend ways the U.S. government can respond to the challenges facing U.S. manufacturers to ensure our competitiveness at home and abroad. As chairman of the council, which includes representatives from large and small manufacturers from across the United States, I’ve shared our recommendations for fostering innovation, research and development; studying the impact of natural gas on U.S. energy policy; and changing the image of manufacturing.
u.s.-manufacturing  government-policy  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Building better cities - McKinsey & Company
If approached correctly, urbanization can be an engine of growth, writes Joan Clos, executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
urban-planning  urban-revitalization  urbanization  metros  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
The U.S. in 2015: A Cautiously Optimistic Recovery - Knowledge@Wharton
Economic conditions in the U.S. have clearly improved since the dark days of the Great Recession. The economy grew nicely in 2014, unemployment fell, home prices rose and stocks racked up another fine year. Even bonds did well, surprisingly. But can it continue?
economic-analysis  economic-forecast  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Infographic: Manufacturing Moves Back to the U.S. - bcg.perspectives
Shifts in global costs are prompting American manufacturers to move production of goods sold in the U.S. back home.
infographics  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-290  around-the-web  backshoring 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Win Community Support for Development: Nine Key Steps - The Saint Consulting Group
With large-scale development often facing clamors of opposition, generating community support for a project is a challenge to developers. To persuade a community to support a new project often means overcoming issues of property use, real estate value, traffic, environmental issues or character of a neighborhood.
community-development  economic-development-news  public-private-partnerships  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Business leaders expect economy to heat up in 2015 - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Nearly nine of 10 respondents are optimistic for their communities’ economies in 2015— the highest proportion in the history of the fedgazette’s annual business conditions poll conducted in November.
economic-analysis  economy  executive-surveys  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2014 Market Report - AWEA
With the lapse in the Production Tax Credit at the end of 2013, nearly 30,000 “well-paying jobs” were lost, as well as “tens of billions of dollars in private investment.” Wind installations dropped 92% in 2013 amid the uncertainty. Understandably, the industry is hoping the PTC is extended again — hopefully earlier than last year’s extension, which took place two weeks before its extension ran out. The AWEA also highlighted the “rising trend” in US companies purchasing wind energy — including companies such as Google, Microsoft, Walmart, Yahoo!, and Amazon.
wind-energy  energy  sustainable-development  green-economy  industry-organizations  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Our Crisis Is One of Infrastructure, So Let's Roll Out the Gas Tax - Brookings Institution
The biggest reason to be concerned about polarization in the nation's capital is that much of the public's business lies dormant. Most observers believe that there are public benefits to be had by enacting new trade authority, an immigration bill, debt-reduction, Medicare reform, and many other improvements. But one of the most important opportunities relates to the nation's infrastructure - its roads, bridges, ports, airports, and other investments that help the the private sector and government to conduct its business. We have a lot to gain by maintaining or even improving these public goods, and a lot to lose if we don't.
taxes-incentives  government-policy  infrastructure  road-infrastructure  logistics  opinion  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
GE Continues to Invest in Indiana - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick
GE Aviation continues to grow its presence in Indiana. The company says it will invest $15 million for maintenance, repair and overhaul capability at its Lafayette facility. GE also plans to hire an additional 30 workers. The company announced last year that it would invest $100 million into the LEAP engine facility and bring 200 jobs to Tippecanoe County. The plant is expected to be up and running next year.
general-electric  indiana  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
18 more companies join START-UP NY tax-free zones -
Eighteen more companies have joined the state's START-UP NY tax free zones and have committed to creating 295 jobs and investing $12 million in the state. Under the START-UP NY program, start-up companies that are affiliated with state colleges and universities and commit to creating new jobs can operate free of state and local taxes for 10 years.
economic-development-news  new-york  government-policy  startup  small-business  taxes-incentives  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
The Remedy to America's Stalled Startup Activity: Immigration Reform - Dane Stangler, vice president of Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation - Forbes
Pick up almost any academic paper on immigrant entrepreneurship and you will find a sentence that says something like this: A substantial body of research finds that immigrants have higher rates of business ownership than native-born Americans.
entrepreneurship  small-business  startup  startup-visa  immigration-reform  this-week-290  around-the-web  h-1b 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Vessels backing up at an alarming rate on the West Coast -
Vessels are backing up at an alarming rate at West Coast ports due to congested marine terminals and work slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The Marine Exchange of Southern California reported Wednesday that 17 container ships were at anchor and awaiting berths in Los Angeles-Long Beach. Oakland reported that five container ships were at anchor, and Tacoma reported six at anchor.
logistics  supply-chain  seaports  pacific-states  port-of-los-angeles  port-of-long-beach  port-of-oakland  port-of-tacoma  organized-labor  around-the-web  this-week-290 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
How the Rising Dollar Has Pressured U.S. Manufacturers - WSJ
The rising dollar is putting U.S. manufacturers through the equivalent of a new year’s fitness regime, causing pain for now but also promising long-term gains in efficiency. After more than a decade of weakness, the dollar began surging in mid-2014 against the euro and many other currencies. That is making U.S.-made products pricier in other countries and imports cheaper in the U.S.—a combination that is likely to expand the already gaping U.S. trade deficit.
u.s.-manufacturing  business-globalization  exports  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Oil Demand: The Other Side of the Equation - Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
The rise in U.S. oil production since 2008 has contributed to the dramatic fall in the price of oil since June 2014. Slower growth of oil consumption due to a slowdown in world economic growth and increased energy efficiency is just as important a factor in explaining why the price has fallen. Continued economic growth nonetheless will lead to increased consumption; a price below $50 per barrel does not appear to be sustainable for very long.
oil-industry  energy  economic-analysis  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
2015 Oil and Gas Trends - PwC
Roiled by global economic turmoil, untamed competition, and mind-numbing price swings, energy companies must be bold about transforming their business models.
industry-reports  energy  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Wal-Mart’s manufacturing recovery? - TheHill
Wal-Mart is the largest buyer of consumer goods in the world and is the nation’s largest importer of goods. Wal-Mart’s public relations campaign about U.S. manufacturing aims to distract Americans from two core aspects of Wal-Mart’s business model.
opinion  wal-mart  u.s.-manufacturing  offshoring  backshoring  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Change is buzzword for auto industry -
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed, all the while collaborating with manufacturers in ways never before seen, panelists on the recent Automotive News World Congress Innovation panel agreed.
automotive-industry  rubber-industry  industry-reports  innovation  this-week-290  around-the-web  green-economy 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
U.S. Venture Capital Investment Spanned 160 Cities in 2014 - NVCA
12 Metro Areas See Influx of Venture Capital Investment for First Time in Past Five Years - Companies located in Bryan-College Station, Texas; Bismarck, North Dakota; Terre Haute, Indiana; South Bend, Indiana; Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana; Bellingham, Washington; Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia; Lafayette, Louisiana; Newburgh, New York-Pennsylvania; Greenville, North Carolina; Springfield, Massachusetts; Janesville-Beloit, Wisconsin brought venture capital investment to those metro areas for the first time in the past five years.
venturecapital  capital-access  metros  studies  this-week-290  around-the-web  industry-organizations 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Massachusetts Adopts Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules, Effective Immediately - The National Law Review
The Massachusetts Securities Division has recently joined a number of other states in adopting a “crowdfunding” exemption from securities registration requirements for certain offerings made within the Commonwealth, with the stated purpose of enabling startups and entrepreneurs to more easily use the Internet to raise capital.  Adopted as an emergency regulation that took effect immediately, the exemption permits companies that are incorporated in Massachusetts to raise capital from Massachusetts investors.
Massachusetts  government-policy  startup  small-business  capital-access  crowd-funding  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
The geography of jobs, part 3: Mapping the effects of international investment flows - Deloitte University Press
Manufacturing and professional, scientific, and technical services stand out as industries where foreign direct investment in the United States has had a surprising impact on job creation.
fdi-usa  economic-geography  economic-indicator-reports  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  this-week-290  around-the-web  location-usa 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
US manufacturing competitiveness and the looming skills gap - Deloitte University Press
A skills gap is the US manufacturing sector’s Achilles’ heel, with nearly 3.5 million jobs at stake over the next decade. It is no longer a short-term issue of filling current hard-to-fill open positions, or one that can reasonably be expected to be solved in time by government policy-makers.
u.s.-manufacturing  skills-gap  skilled-labor  workforce-development  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
NASA and EDC form ‘strategic alliance’ - Florida Today
A key component of the agreement includes the appointment of a NASA technology liaison who will be co-located for a year with the EDC in Rockledge. Called a NASA “technologist in residence,” the liaison will be responsible for reviewing how NASA’s technology portfolio can assist local industry.
public-private-partnerships  NASA  florida-space-coast  economic-development-news  workforce-development  workforce-training  this-week-290  around-the-web 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Leading in extraordinary times, the 2015 US CEO Survey - PwC
The world’s CEOs are looking to the US for business growth in 2015. For the first time in five years in PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, more business leaders rate the US as their most important market for overseas growth ahead of all others, including China’s.As the US recovery gains traction, it is gaining more adherents. Challenges remain, yet key measures of US economic health are improving. Business hopes are building that the American consumer market will start firing on more than one piston in 2015. PwC projects US GDP growth of 3.2% this year.
executive-surveys  CEO  this-week-290  around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports  economic-forecast 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Florida Manufacturer Wage Outpaces Pay for Other Workers - Sun Sentinel
Manufacturing workers in Florida make an average of $3,786 more per year than other employees, according to a report released Thursday.
this-week-290  around-the-web  matt  florida  south-atlantic  manufacturing 
january 2015 by areadevelopment

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