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Skills and innovation strategies to strengthen manufacturing: Lessons from Germany - Brookings Institution
Faced with stagnating wages for most Americans, business, civic, and political leaders across the United States are rediscovering manufacturing as a source of good jobs and lasting economic growth. In an era of unrivaled global competition, however, revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing sector will require a renewed commitment to public-private-civic partnerships that deliver on the key driver of industrial competitiveness: a highly trained workforce that can use technology to translate basic and applied research and development (R&D) to large-scale commercial innovations.
u.s.-manufacturing  germany  skilled-labor  workforce-development  innovation  competitiveness  this-week-294  around-the-web  studies 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
State needs bio execs to mentor emerging businesses -
Tapping into New Jersey's vast life sciences ecosystem, the state Economic Development Authority recently unveiled an Executive-in-Residence program that will connect the a broad pool of life science talent with promising companies located at the EDA's Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies in North Brunswick.
new-jersey  workforce-development  economic-development-news  business-incubators  workforce-training  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Do U.S. Craft Brewers Need a Tax Break to Compete with E.U. Craft Brewers? - Tax Foundation
With all the similarities and relationships between the U.S. and E.U. beer markets, why does the U.S. demand unequal tax treatment?
corporate-tax  corporate-tax-reform  craft-brewing  brewery  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Improving workers’ skills must include immigrants - Brookings Institution
As the (mostly white) baby boomers retire, a more diverse generation of workers—whose ranks were shaped by immigration—will replace them. In fact, immigrants are projected to account for almost all of the nation’s labor force growth through 2050, by which time 37 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be foreign born or the children of immigrants.
immigration-reform  government-policy  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Can Reno handle the challenges of its economic successes? - Reuters
Once known primarily for its casinos and quickie divorces, the Reno area has made impressive strides in its attempt to transform itself into a technology hub in the high-desert of Nevada. In the last few years, it has attracted big Silicon Valley names, including Tesla, Apple, and Amazon. But now a new challenge has arisen for Reno: managing its success.
tesla  amazon  apple  reno  nevada  economic-development-news  gigafactory  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
As Wisconsin Debates Right-to-Work, Gov. Walker Looks Ahead to 2016 - The Takeaway
This week, Wisconsin state lawmakers began debating a right-to-work law, as thousands of union leaders and their supporters protested at the state capitol.
around-the-web  this-week-294  right-to-work  organized-labor  wisconsin  government-policy 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Neglected Roads and Bridges Take Toll on U.S. Companies - WSJ
Five minutes here and there adds up to $105 million a year for United Parcel Service Inc. That’s what average daily truck delays cost UPS.
infrastructure  supply-chain  logistics  this-week-294  around-the-web  UPS  csx  freight-logistics 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Tax Incentive Programs: Evaluate today, improve tomorrow - The Pew Charitable Trusts
From 2012 to 2014, 10 states and the District of Columbia passed laws that will require regular evaluation of economic development tax incentives or will improve existing evaluation processes. These laws stand to provide lawmakers with hard evidence on the outcomes of their incentives, information they can use to shape policies that obtain the best possible results for the states’ taxpayers and economies. A number of additional states are considering similar actions. This report advises states on how to design and implement these laws, so that tax incentives are evaluated regularly and rigorously and so that lawmakers can use the findings to improve economic development policy.
this-week-294  around-the-web  taxes-incentives  government-policy 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Bipartisan cooperation needed to improve state, national infrastructure problems -
Two thousand dollars - that's the additional expense each New Jersey driver incurs from driving on deficient roads each year. When government fails to invest in our infrastructure, drivers pay for it with higher congestion, more accidents and more trips to the mechanic. Crumbling infrastructure also impedes the flow of nearly $750 billion in goods that travel to and from New Jersey businesses annually, stifling economic growth.
government-policy  infrastructure  economic-development-news  opinion  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
On the rise: the fastest growing investment destinations of 2014 -
Of the five fastest growing destinations of 2014, four are located in Asia. Michal Kaczmarski investigates which countries are on form and why.
international-location-reports  fdi  FDI-Asia  vietnam  egypt  malaysia  foreign-direct-investment  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
The Big Apple's Biotech Dreams Are Stuck In The Petri Dish - Fast Company
New York has the country's biggest biotech brains. But as a hub for biotech, it's struggling to compete with other hotspots.
innovation-hubs  industry-clusters  biotech  industry-reports  new-york-city  around-the-web  this-week-294 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
How to Restore Trust in American Technology - Scientific American
American tech companies, ensnared by the NSA controversy, must act boldly to restore the world's confidence.
high-tech  competitiveness  business-globalization  china  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
US manufacturing faces a two-million-worker shortage by 2025 - Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute
Nine in 10 Americans surveyed believe manufacturing essential to US economy, while only one in three parents would encourage their children to pursue a career in manufacturing.
studies  u.s.-manufacturing  skills-gap  STEM-workforce  workforce-development  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Prairie Metropolitan Areas Drive Canada's Growth -
In Canada, growth is moving west, but not all the way. The big growth now is in the Prairies between central Canada and British Columbia, the Canadian part of the Great Plains.
canada  demographics  metros  this-week-294  around-the-web  population-growth 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Start-Up Capital Is Spreading Across the U.S. - HBR
While a handful of well-known cities continue to dominate the landscape of early-stage venture-backed entrepreneurship, a non-trivial amount of catch-up by other cities has occurred.
capital-access  startup  venturecapital  economic-development-vc  around-the-web  this-week-294 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
A New Generation of Economic Development - Brookings Institution
Metropolitan leaders across the country share a desire to create high quality jobs, get more young adults and other workers into those jobs, expand incomes, reduce inequality, and keep their core industries competitive in the face of rising global competition and opportunity.
this-week-294  around-the-web  matt  economic-development 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
How U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Depend on Trade - GE Ideas Lab
The positive impact of trade on U.S. manufacturing is clear when you look at it from the perspective of how much value is added on U.S. shores during the manufacturing process — an approach that avoids the double counting that can otherwise result along manufacturing supply chains.
u.s.-manufacturing  government-policy  free-trade-agreements  business-globalization  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Are tech cities the real drivers behind entrepreneurship, innovation? ventureburn
Can purpose-built technology cities turn regions in emerging economies into the next Silicon Valley? This is what some may be asking after plans by Russia and now Kenya to boost their startup scenes through massive hub cities have recently come under fire.
silicon-valley  urban-planning  innovation-hubs  economic-development-vc  high-tech  small-business  startup  innovation  this-week-294  around-the-web  metros 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
The Internet of Things has arrived in America’s factories - PwC Industrial Insights Blog
In some ways, the ascent toward high operational intelligence through data-driven technologies can mean climbing up rungs – from deciding what data is to be collected to using data to automate operational decisions in near- or real time and to even inform long-term business strategies. As part of our research, we surveyed US manufacturers to assess where they are with digitalized manufacturing and where they are headed.
internet-of-things  advanced-manufacturing  big-data  manufacturing-automation  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Ranking Each State By Tech Exits, Where Does Your State Stack Up? - CB Insights
Somewhat surprisingly, Florida beat out the tech hubs of Washington and Illinois with the exits of Prolexic Technologies and BlueKite. Maine, Arkansas, and Kentucky entered the rankings in 2014 after being shut out in 2013.
small-business  high-tech  venturecapital  state-rankings  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Our View: May Caterpillar long call Peoria home - Journal Star
There was fear that, despite reassurances from Caterpillar, that somehow Peoria would follow Decatur, Illinois in losing its Fortune 500 connection. After all, Archer Daniels Midland had been in Decatur for all those years before deciding to relocate executive offices to Chicago.
corporate-headquarters  caterpillar  illinois  peoria-illinois  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Rubber makers rely more heavily on automation -
There are various trends occurring in rubber manufacturing in America, including the increased use of automation to allow domestic production to be more cost-effective.
rubber-industry  backshoring  manufacturing-automation  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Cantor Fitzgerald on Apple robots - Business Insider
Wall Street analysts have been getting excited over various Apple initiatives, from the Apple Watch to brewing hype over the company building cars.
this-week-294  around-the-web  matt  apple  high-tech 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, says State will Need to be Agressive to win an Auto Plant - Triad Business Journal
Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, said Thursday that the state will have to be "extremely aggressive" to win an automobile assembly plant.
this-week-294  around-the-web  matt  site-selection  automotive-industry  north-carolina  south-carolina 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Did Apple Keep Promise to City of Mesa, Arizona? - IndustryWeek
Apple's decision to build a $2 billion data center in the same location where its bankrupt contractor vacated is based on a number of factors.
this-week-294  around-the-web  matt  apple  mesa  arizona  southwest  data-centers  taxes-incentives 
february 2015 by areadevelopment

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