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Manufacturing Innovation: Gaining the Advantage In a Fiercely Competitive Global Economy - Department of Commerce
Time and time again, inventions and discoveries that first sprouted in the U.S. have taken root in the factories and economies of other nations. Think of computer-controlled machine tools, solar cells, industrial robots, consumer-electronics devices, lithium-ion batteries . . .
u.s.-manufacturing  innovation  competitiveness  government-policy  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Nano-Coated Steel Is 10 Times Stronger - MIT Technology Review
An inexpensive new process can increase the strength of metals such as steel by as much as 10 times, and make them much more resistant to corrosion. If the modified metals pass field testing, the new process could go on to make bridges and other infrastructure last far longer; it could also make cars lighter and therefore more fuel-efficient.2
nano-manufacturing  metal-industry  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
CenturyLink and State of Louisiana create innovative model to drive high-value skills for the Digital Economy - IBM News room
As part of a 10-year business transformation agreement between IBM and CenturyLink, IBM will open and staff the new applications development innovation center in Monroe, creating at least 400 new roles for experienced professionals and drawing heavily on graduates from the state’s colleges and universities.
louisiana  workforce-development  innovation-centers  IBM  workforce-training  this-week-293  around-the-web  STEM-workforce 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Why GM Hired 8,000 Programmers - WSJ
Car Maker brought much of its technology in-house to make custom software; selling trucks online
around-the-web  this-week-293 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
The Skills Gap: America's Young Workers Are Lagging Behind - The Atlantic
New findings suggest that U.S. millennials are far less competent than their peers in Europe and Asia.
skills-gap  skilled-labor  education  STEM-workforce  studies  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Infrastructure Finance in America - Council on Foreign Relations
The United States has an infrastructure investment problem. A generation of roads, bridges, airports, and water and sewer pipes built half a century ago is nearing the end of its useful life. Yet traditional public resources are no longer substantial enough to foot the bill. Investors from the United States and around the world are eager to invest in infrastructure projects that can provide stable, long-term returns, through public-private partnerships (PPPs) or other innovative investments.
infrastructure  government-policy  public-private-partnerships  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
A retraining program that works: Finding jobs in Detroit - Detroit Free Press
In the aftermath of Detroit's historic bankruptcy, attention will turn quickly to a much more troubling problem than the city's balance sheet: the crisis of structurally unemployed residents in Detroit. For a true turnaround, the city must put people back to work — but simply prescribing a quick fix would ignore the deeply rooted problems in the labor force, including a lack of modern job skills, rampant illiteracy, transit problems and a fundamental lack of opportunities.
detroit  workforce-development  skilled-labor  unemployment  labor  workforce-training  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
MA Adopts Crowdfunding Exemption; Is AZ Next? - SSTI
Less than two months into 2015, Massachusetts and potentially Arizona will join the growing number of states that have adopted intrastate crowdfunding exemptions – one of the emerging trends in economic development from 2014.
crowd-funding  capital-access  Massachusetts  arizona  economic-development-vc  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
America's Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future -
Millennials may be on track to be our most educated generation ever, but they consistently score below many of their international peers in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. The results of this report help shed light on the growing inequality of opportunity in the U.S. and the impact this has on both skills acquisition and outcomes for both current and future generations.
workforce-development  education  skills-gap  competitiveness  studies  this-week-293  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
CT, IL, NH, TX Budget Proposals Support STEM, Workforce, Research - SSTI
This week, governors in Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Texas revealed their budget proposals, with commonalities around STEM education, workforce development, and university research initiatives. Governors in two states, New Hampshire and Texas, made growth in the innovation economy a specific priority area of their proposed budgets.
this-week-293  around-the-web  government-policy  governors-agendas  connecticut  illinois  new-hampshire  texas  STEM-workforce  workforce-development  research&development 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
4 Lessons from Shinola - Chicago Tribune
Tom Kartsotis and his brother Kosta built Fossil from scratch into a global lifestyle brand and public company with 14,000 employees. They started in 1984 (around the time Tom dropped out of college and was scalping football tickets in Texas).
this-week-293  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  michigan  detroit  midwest  shinola 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Google, de Blasio Unveil Plan to Teach Coding to 100K Kids - NY Daily News
The tech giant will work with the city as part of de Blasio's $10 million Tech Talent Pipeline initiative launched last May, which aims to get children interested in the STEM fields. Google officials said that all kids enrolled in 857 after-school programs across the five boroughs will get to use CS First, a program that teaches youngsters how to code.
this-week-293  around-the-web  matt  google  technology  STEM-workforce  STEM  workforce-development  high-tech 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
The Economy: At Last, a Proper Recovery - The Economist
The American economy has technically been out of recession for six years. It is finally starting to feel like it. Millions of new jobs are sprouting.
this-week-293  around-the-web  matt  economic-recovery  economy  jobs 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Made in Mexico: An Emerging Auto Giant Powers Past Canada - The Globe and Mail
When Salvatore Lauria started work at Autotek in Puebla, Mexico, there were only a few cars in the company parking lot. Now, 15 years later, the parking lot is full and the vehicles have spilled over on to the neighbouring soccer field.
this-week-293  around-the-web  matt  automotive-industry  manufacturing  mexico 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
21-Mile Walk Reveals the Complex Reality of Manufacturing Jobs - Design News
Earlier this month James Robertson was the subject of a piece by the Detroit Free Press. In a video that has since gone viral, the 56-year-old detailed his day-to-day struggle with Detroit's broken mass transit system. Intended to be a call to action to improve Detroit's transit, Robertson's story made waves for arguably more poignant reasons.
this-week-293  around-the-web  matt  manufacturing  detroit  michigan  midwest  jobs 
february 2015 by areadevelopment

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