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Manufacturing in America: The State of the Industry - Automation World
From capital reserves and energy independence to insourcing and rising employment, all factors are aligned to support a long-term upsurge in U.S. manufacturing.
economic-analysis  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
A New Life for Dead Malls — The Atlantic
Developers have had to to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks.
urban-planning  urban-revitalization  suburbs  adaptive-re-use  remediation  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Reforming Regulation to Drive International Competitiveness - The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Poor regulation is especially damaging when applied to industries that face international competition. Unlike firms in other industries, these companies are more likely to move their production to jurisdictions where the cost of regulation is lower. Failing that, they may find themselves losing global market share to less burdened rivals in other nations. In either case, the U.S. economy suffers.
industry-organizations  studies  trade-agreements  business-globalization  competitiveness  manufacturing-regulations  government-policy  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Re-Shoring: Should We Stay or Should We Go? - IEDP
Sourcing manufacturing in low-wage economies has been conventional business wisdom for decades. But now rising costs and market volatility are causing companies to consider ‘re-shoring’ and to ask: Where should we be manufacturing?
outsourcing  backshoring  reshoring  manufacturing  business-globalization  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Rethink Unveils a New Manufacturing Robot Called Sawyer - Xconomy
The base price is $29,000, and Rethink is targeting customers in North America, Europe, China, and Japan. The robot is currently being tested by several big manufacturing companies in those regions, the company says. One of the big goals of the new robot, Rethink CEO Scott Eckert says in a statement, is “to give manufacturers new ways of adding efficiency and flexibility into their operations.”
robotics-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
California's Centers of Technology: Bay Area, LA, San Diego, and ... Fresno? - The Atlantic
How would you build a high-tech center in a vast farming zone? You might start by applying tech solutions to farming problems of water use and sustainability in all forms.
water-availability  rural-economic-development  high-tech  innovation-hubs  fresno  california  economic-development-news  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Silicon Prairie: Tech Startups Find A Welcoming Home In The Midwest - All Tech Considered - NPR
Some startup entrepreneurs are leaving the high tech hot spots of San Francisco, New York and the Silicon Valley for greener pastures in a place that actually has greener pastures: Lincoln, Neb.
nebraska  lincoln  startup  high-tech  innovation-hubs  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Marc Kushner: Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by ... you - TED.com
With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.
architecture  facility-planning  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Stop Noise from Ruining Your Open Office - HBR
A beautifully designed office can be a useful factor in recruiting and retaining talent. Today’s brand-new workplaces may contain officeless offices, cubeless cubelands, and collaborative spaces only surrounded by glass walls. These workspaces certainly look unique and make a strong statement about company culture, especially to prospective employees walking through the door for an interview.
workplace-design  workplace-trends  this-week-297  around-the-web  office-design 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing growth through resource productivity - McKinsey & Company
Resource productivity should be a top priority for manufacturers. This excerpt from a new book presents five core beliefs to drive growth by becoming leaner and greener.
industrial-operations  sustainable-development  this-week-297  around-the-web  facility-planning 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
San Diego Launches Initiative to Boost Blue Tech Industry Cluster - U.S. Cluster Mapping
The County of San Diego and the City of San Diego approved a maritime vision for the region that will include forming a Blue Tech incubator to create jobs and businesses. T
san-diego  biotech  blue-tech  california  industry-clusters  innovation-hubs  government-policy  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others - HBR
Since people began telecommuting decades ago, companies have been excited about the prospects to increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain access to a much larger talent pool. But has remote work lived up to the hype? In some organizations, yes. Automattic (the creator of WordPress) and the U.S. government are two good — and very different — examples.
workforce-mobility  mobile-workforce  remote-work  workplace-trends  workplace-productivity  workforce-development  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
The Post-Recession State of U.S. Manufacturing - MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Manufacturing output surpassed its previous cyclical peak level in 2014, driven almost entirely by the strength in durable goods production Export growth has been one of the major drivers of the recovery Recent data indicate that the swift decline in American manufacturing since 2000 may have leveled out
industry-organizations  economic-recovery  economic-analysis  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Beware the Soaring Dollar - Jerry Jasinowski - Huffington Post
Of late, it really has seemed like manufacturing was at long last on the rebound fulfilling its potential. Since the bottom of the recession, manufacturing has been expanding at an accelerating clip, leading the overall economic recovery and creating more than 700,000 jobs. But the soaring dollar is beginning to rain on the manufacturing parade.
opinion  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-recovery  economic-analysis  this-week-297  around-the-web  industry-organizations 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States - EPA
Across the country, Energy Star manufacturing plants are leading their industries by saving energy and money, combating climate change
u.s.-manufacturing  sustainable-development  green-manufacturing  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
How U.S. Cities Have Changed Since 2000 - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Some cities have shrunk since 2000, almost all of them in the industrial Midwest. A string of cities from Chicago to Syracuse, N.Y., experienced the sharpest drops. The deep South and Northeast also saw some urban populations contract or grow slowly, while no cities shrunk in the West or Southwest.
metros  diaspora  demographics  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
New Economic Development Group Could Keep More Incentives Records Private - The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer
A new public-private partnership charged with leading efforts to lure companies to North Carolina will be allowed to withhold more information about failed recruiting efforts – limiting what the public knows about how the state doles out tax breaks to corporations.
this-week-297  around-the-web  taxes-incentives  matt  economic-development  site-selection  north-carolina  south-atlantic 
march 2015 by areadevelopment

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