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Reaching the Full Potential of STEM for Women and the U.S. Economy - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Women account for half of the labor force, yet they account for only one-quarter of core STEM jobs. Although the participation rates of women in STEM education and occupations have been rising over the past decades, women are still underrepresented in the core STEM fields.
STEM-workforce  workforce-development  women-in-manufacturing  skilled-labor  skills-gap  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Toyota's Jim Lentz: Plano headquarters expected to be magnet for young workers - Dallas Business Journal
When Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz talks about the automaker's new $350 million, 100-acre headquarters in Plano, he gets excited. After all, the campus will help determine Toyota North America's future for the next half-century.
toyota  automotive-industry  texas  corporate-headquarters  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
When Expedia goes, so does 6 percent of downtown Bellevue's workforce - Puget Sound Business Journal
Expedia has been a Bellevue fixture ever since in first leased 67,000 square feet of office space there in 1999. It moved downtown in 2008, promising to contribute to the creating of the kind of tech-friendly, walkable community Bellevue wanted to be.
washington  economic-development-news  seattle  corporate-headquarters  high-tech  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture? - The Salt - NPR
Colorado is famous for its beer and its beef. But what about its farm drones? In the last several years, Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech startups, and companies in the state's Front Range are on a tear, patenting new technologies in irrigation, food science and plant genetics. Public scientists are keeping pace, publishing research articles in agricultural science in record numbers. That's prompted local economists to make some bold predictions.
rural-economic-development  agribusiness  colorado  innovation  innovation-hubs  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy - to save cash, not the planet - The Guardian
Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: ‘I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,’ says city official
green-economy  energy-costs  wind-energy  solar-power  sustainable-development  texas  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Can Hipsters Save Providence? - New Geography
Providence regularly lands on the lists of top hipster cities and top hipster colleges for its cool factor, having earned plaudits from Travel and Leisure to Buzzfeed for live music, coffee shops, and hip culture. But can hipsters save Providence?
providence  rhode-island  new-england  metros  demographics  creative-class  this-week-299  around-the-web  biotech  innovation-hubs 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
H-1Bs And How Changing The System Will Help Startups - Xconomy
Even with the United States’ high unemployment levels, more than a quarter of technological employers report difficulty in filling open positions. Foreign high-skilled workers can help fill this gap, and provide U.S. companies with the kind of know-how necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
h-1b  immigration-reform  STEM-workforce  skills-gap  skilled-labor  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
One Way To Save Building Energy is Clear - JLL Green Blog
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 35% of the energy wasted in buildings is due to inefficient windows.
sustainable-development  green-facilities  this-week-299  around-the-web  facility-planning 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Shale prosperity spreads to Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, N. Mexico: Combined oil production up 116% in 5 years - AEI
The recent breakthroughs in advanced drilling and extraction technologies that have boosted oil output in Texas and North Dakota have also brought dramatic increases in shale oil output over the last five years to the five oil-producing states of: Oklahoma (+127% since January 2010), Utah (+90%), Colorado (+198%), Wyoming (+67%) and New Mexico (+114%).
north-dakota  texas  colorado  new-mexico  wyoming  utah  this-week-299  around-the-web  shale-gas  energy 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Job-creation incentives work best where unemployment is high - W.E. Upjohn Institute
What are the real effects on employment from government incentives intended to boost job growth? New research from Upjohn’s Tim Bartik shows it depends on the starting point: the local unemployment rate.
studies  economic-development-news  taxes-incentives  this-week-299  around-the-web  unemployment-statistics 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Shelf-Picking Robots Will Vie for a Prize from Amazon - MIT Technology Review
Robots will use the latest computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to try to perform the work done by humans in vast fulfillment centers.
robotics-manufacturing  warehousing  distribution-centers  supply-chain  amazon  this-week-299  around-the-web  fulfillment-center 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Women Are the Future of U.S. Manufacturing - Ideas Lab
Closing this gender gap will help to close the skills gap. Women are essential to the future of the manufacturing industry. In order for the U.S. manufacturing industry to reach its full potential and become a global leader, women must be recognized as a priority for future employment.
gender-gap  women-in-manufacturing  skills-gap  skilled-labor  workforce-development  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Smart Building Technology Spending Forecast to Grow to $17.4 Billion in 2019 - IDC Energy Insights
An increasing number of case studies are emerging to demonstrate the business case and benefits associated with developing smart buildings.
smart-buildings  green-facilities  sustainable-development  this-week-299  around-the-web  studies  facility-planning 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Low Oil Prices Are Challenging Natural-Gas Markets - BCG
Natural-gas markets have already felt some impact from the slide in oil prices but will be affected to a much greater degree if prices remain low for an extended period.
economic-analysis  natural-gas  energy  energy-costs  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing an Advantage in a Fiercely Competitive Global Economy - GE Ideas Lab
A national network of manufacturing innovation — leveraging the resources and know-how of the private and public sectors — is helping America seize and maintain a competitive advantage.
u.s.-manufacturing  business-globalization  competitiveness  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
H-1B Open Season: The Sprint for STEM Talent - The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
April 1st marks the beginning of high skill immigration season, when companies submit applications to acquire temporary employment visas, known as H-1Bs, to hire talented foreign workers in fields such as information technology and engineering. These workers are critical to fill the widening high skills gap in the United States which is forcing companies to either reduce production or move jobs overseas to accommodate their growing need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
around-the-web  this-week-299  STEM-workforce  h-1b 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Calling All Business Owners & Tenants: Should You Own or Lease? - Spaces Commercial Real Estate Blog - JLL
Traditionally, business executives, like CEOs, CFOs or treasurers, made the own/lease decision. In recent years, however, corporate real estate directors have played a larger role in the process. Regardless of point person, expert insight is a must when it comes to one of the largest expenses within your budget.
around-the-web  this-week-299  portfolio-management  asset-management  lease 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Just Do It: Cut Corporate Taxes and Create Middle-Class Jobs - Ross DeVol - Huffington Post
Globalization has forever changed the international competitive landscape, but U.S. corporate tax policy has not kept up. Because manufacturing investment is now highly mobile across borders, U.S. manufacturers and their workers have borne the brunt of this outdated thinking on corporate tax policy.
corporate-tax-reform  u.s.-manufacturing  middle-wage-jobs  middle-class  government-policy  business-globalization  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
New Steps to Attract Foreign Investors and Create Jobs through the Continued Expansion of the SelectUSA Initiative - The White House
Global investors are accelerating their investment in the United States, already home to more foreign direct investment than any other country in the world.  Foreign businesses have injected an average of $67 billion a quarter into the U.S. economy over the last three quarters, compared with an average of $49 billion quarterly from 2009 to 2013, according to Department of Commerce data.
government-policy  fdi-usa  this-week-299  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Angies List Canceling Eastside Expansion Over RFRA - INDYSTAR
Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle announced Saturday, March 28, 2015, the company will pull out of a pending expansion deal, which could've meant 1,000 local jobs, due to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
this-week-299  around-the-web  matt  economic-development  site-selection  government-policy 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
SEC Greenlights Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Startups - TechCrunch
The release of these final rules further advances one of the core principles and goals of the 2012 law: to create an environment where emerging enterprises can raise public capital efficiently.
crowd-funding  startup  government-policy  this-week-299  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Volvo Cars to Build U.S. Plant to Spearhead Sales Recovery - Reuters
Volvo Cars will invest $500 million in its first U.S. assembly plant under plans announced on Monday, plugging a longstanding gap in the Swedish carmaker's manufacturing base as it pursues a global comeback under Chinese ownership.
this-week-299  around-the-web  matt  automotive-industry  volvo  fdi  location-usa  site-selection  economic-development  manufacturing 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Union Membership Statistics in America - BLS - C-Span
Union membership continued to trend down in 2014, declining to 11.1 percent from 20.1 percent in 1983
organized-labor  industry-organizations  this-week-299  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment

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