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Footprint of the Future: Chasing Technology and Talent - MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Over the last 20 years, the growing global economy has allowed manufacturers to enter new markets to serve an increasingly global customer base while also shortening supply chains and reducing cost structures. As the business environment changes, a country that once promised low-cost manufacturing might now boast high-tech R&D centers.
MAPI collaborated with Deloitte to understand the factors that drive manufacturing investments today and how they will shift by 2020.
business-globalization  skilled-labor  business-climate  STUDIES  manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
NM labs crucial in tech transfer - Albuquerque Journal News
The U.S. Department of Energy is markedly stepping up efforts to promote commercialization of new technologies from DOE laboratories nationwide, and New Mexico’s labs are playing a critical role in the process.
government-policy  energy  research-commercialization  research&development  basic-research  applied-research  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Innovation That Matters - 1776
What will it take for our nation’s cities to drive more startup activity that can transform the industries that matter most to society? In this study, we provide new perspective on this question through an in-depth look at entrepreneurial communities in eight U.S. cities. The purpose of our research is to provide a framework that city leaders can utilize to foster new innovations that improve the lives of local citizens.
startup  entrepreneurship  Metros  innovation-hubs  STUDIES  capital-access  venturecapital  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
The Challenge of Shared Prosperity - U.S. Competitiveness - Harvard Business School
In the 2015 survey on U.S. competitiveness, HBS alumni weigh in on the current state and future trajectory of U.S. competitiveness as well as the structural strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. business environment. In addition, alumni delve deeper into two aspects of competitiveness: the health of entrepreneurship in the U.S. and business leaders’ views on shared prosperity.
competitiveness  small-business  business-climate  economic-forecast  executive-surveys  STUDIES  Around-the-web  this-week-326  sfp-insider-123 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Boston Was An Economic Mess. Now, It’s A Booming City. What Happened? - Radio Boston
Sixty years ago, Boston was a basket case, facing a bleak economic future. After peaking in the 1950s, the city’s population collapsed. It was an almost catastrophic exodus, as 30 percent of its residents — wage-earners and tax payers — left, many of them to the suburbs.

Jump forward to today, and it’s a dramatically different story: Boston in 2015 has the highest concentration of startup companies in America, it’s at the center of the global biotech industry and it’s home to a booming tourist trade and a red hot real estate market.
Boston  Massachusetts  innovation-hubs  high-tech  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Chicago's digital manufacturing institute awards its first research contracts to five different teams - Crain's Chicago Business
The city's digital manufacturing institute has awarded its first round of research contracts as the organization tries to build a research portfolio that will reshape thousands of factories across the U.S.
this-week-326  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  digital-manufacturing  research  chicago  midwest  illinois 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Suburban Companies Are Moving to Downtowns -
or all the talk of residential, retail and hotels moving into urban cores, some industry watchers report a wave of suburban companies moving their headquarters downtown or establishing second offices in city centers to bolster hiring and enhance employee retention. Studies show Millennials, in particular, are driving the trend toward alternative transportation issues like Uber and Divvy bikes because they don’t want to own a car.’
urban-revitalization  corporate-headquarters  labor  Millennials  workforce-migration  quality-of-life  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Are Robots Really Taking Jobs? - Automation World
As robots moved from science fiction to industrial reality, the biggest complaint about them was that they eliminated good jobs. However, evidence is beginning to mount that this isn’t the case.
automation  manufacturing-automation  labor  workforce-development  labor-costs  skilled-labor  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-326  Around-the-web 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
California, Here We Stay - Inbound Logistics
As part of a new supply chain management and logistics strategy, Yokohama Tire decides to roll with its current operations in the Golden State.
california  site-selection  tire-manufacturing  automotive-industry  logistics  global-supply-chain  rubber-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-326  auto-sfp-10-15 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Siemens: American manufacturing inspires the next generation of workers - TMD
On National Manufacturing Day and throughout the month of October, Siemens, the global industrial manufacturing company, celebrates American manufacturing with events around the country to drive awareness about advanced manufacturing and to inspire the next generation of American workers.
Around-the-web  this-week-326  Matt  manufacturing  workforce  workforce-development 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Business leaders cite transportation as vital to growth - North Atlanta Business Post
Transportation will key continued business growth in north Fulton and the region, a group of business leaders told a crowd of close to 300 at the Opportunity Outlook forum Sept. 23 in Alpharetta.
infrastructure  Around-the-web  Matt  this-week-326  Georgia  south-atlantic  transportation  economic-development  Atlanta 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Two CEOs Who’ve Made a NJ City Their Corporate HQ - NJ Spotlight
PSEG President and CEO Izzo and Panasonic Corp. of North America Chairman and CEO Taylor could have located their companies anywhere. They chose Newark.
new-jersey  newark  panasonic  PSEG  corporate-headquarters  site-selection-factors  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
World Business Chicago grows as it pursues economic development - Crain's Chicago Business
About three dozen companies have moved to Chicago during Mayor Rahm Emanuel's time in office—including, most recently, packaged-foods giant Con-Agra—a testament both to the mayor's zealous pursuit of economic development and the money and connections of World Business Chicago, a group run by the city's corporate chiefs.
economic-development-agencies  economic-development-news  chicago  Metros  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Data centers' small-town tax breaks bring Silicon Valley to rural America -
Server farms are supplanting scrub brush and cornfields, underwritten by small-town tax breaks. Those tax deals, collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, quietly helped finance a new industry that formed from an unlikely pairing of rural America and Silicon Valley.
data-centers  oregon  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
UAW deal to slow, not reverse manufacturing wage slump - Detroit Free Press
The new agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler will bring new and older workers to parity over eight years, but it won't necessarily end a more than decade-long decline in U.S. manufacturing wages, according to labor economists and other researchers.
UAW  fiat-chrysler  organized-labor  labor-costs  automotive-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-326  auto-sfp-10-15 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Manufacturers emphasize jobs for Ohio - The Columbus Dispatch
Manufacturing-company executives gathered on Friday to talk about how jobs can be drawn to Ohio while staying competitive nationally and abroad.
u.s.-manufacturing  regional-reports  ohio  whirlpool  Ford  ak-steel  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Backed by venture capital and a massive federal loan, the region's newest solar facility is looking to scale - Buffalo Business First
1366 Technologies may not be SolarCity – but it is a nationally prominent company with many stakeholders. It was even named one of the world’s top 10 most innovative energy companies of 2015 by Fast Company.
With the announcement Oct. 7 that 1366 will build a manufacturing facility in Genesee County, the company also became a vital piece in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s strategy to lure solar companies to Western New York as they expand into manufacturing.
university-economic-development  research-commercialization  solar  green-economy  new-york  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
How an Outdoor-Clothing Company Is Building Up Manufacturing in Mountain Towns - Entrepreneur
Voormi’s headquarters are in Pagosa Springs, Colo., a town with a population of fewer than 2,000 amid nearly 1.9 million acres of national forest. It was a strategic choice, as English wants to build up a web of manufacturers scattered throughout the small mountain towns of the Rockies—places where many people want to live, but jobs are scarce.
micro-factories  apparel  mountaiin-states  colorado  Around-the-web  this-week-326 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Wells Fargo to Buy $32 Billion GE Assets, Add 3,000 Workers - Bloomberg Business
Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to buy $32 billion in assets from General Electric Co. and take on about 3,000 employees as the industrial giant retreats from financial services.
The sale includes commercial-distribution and vendor-finance units, and a portion of the corporate-finance business, from GE Capital, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo said Tuesday in a statement that didn’t include additional terms. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016 and would allow the finance unit to return about $4.2 billion of capital to its parent, GE said in a separate statement.
Wells Fargo has been one of the biggest buyers of GE assets. In September, the lender agreed to purchase the bulk of a railcar- and locomotive-leasing unit from the company, and earlier this year, Wells Fargo said it would acquire GE real estate assets.
wells-fargo  GE  this-week-326  Around-the-web 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Apple Might Not Build a Car Itself - MIT Technology Review
Apple could subcontract the manufacturing required to produce a car and focus on the software, which is becoming ever more important.
this-week-326  Around-the-web  Matt  apple  technology  high-tech  automotive-industry  software  manufacturing  driverless-cars  auto-sfp-10-15 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
New Report: "Tectonic Shift" in U.S. Energy Use--Renewables Surging; Coal, Oil, and Electricity Down - Switchboard - NRDC
I recently heard the CEO of the nation's largest utility tell a roomful of mostly conservative Midwest business and government leaders, gathered at the University of Missouri, that she was optimistic about prospects for cutting the nation's carbon pollution and meeting the goals of the nation's new Clean Power Plan to limit power plant emissions. Duke Energy's Lynn Good could -- and did-- base her optimism in part on a well-documented record of U.S. achievement.
green-economy  energy  utilities  Around-the-web  this-week-326  industry-organizations 
october 2015 by areadevelopment

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