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Doing Business 2016 - Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency - World Bank Group
Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 13th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 189 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.
rankings  international-location-reports  cost-of-doing-business  business-climate  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California as Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved - ACEEE
Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, VT, RI, OR, CT, MD, WA, NY … With MN and IL Tied for 10th; Five Most Improved States: MD, IL, DC, CA, and TX; and Five States in Most Need of Improvement: MS, LA, SD, WY, and ND.
energy-efficiency  sustainable-development  rankings  state-rankings  Around-the-web  green-economy  this-week-328  energy 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
GM commits to spend $8.3 billion, upgrade 12 U.S. plants under UAW pact - Automotive News
The UAW’s tentative labor contract with General Motors includes a commitment to spend $8.3 billion over four years on upgrades to 12 U.S. plants, along with the union’s first significant wage increases in a decade and an $8,000 signing bonus to persuade workers to support the package.
GM  UAW  organized-labor  Around-the-web  this-week-328  labor-costs  labor-agreements 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
VW Affirms Commitment To Chattanooga Plant Despite Scandal - Manufacturing.net
Volkswagen is sticking with planned investments at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee — including production of a new SUV there next year — despite the uncertainty caused by its emissions scandal
volkswagen  automotive-industry  Tennessee  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Retailers Focus on Large Distribution Centers, Small Urban Warehouses for Fast Delivery - NREI
As third quarter fundamentals continue to show improvement in the industrial sector, retailers are honing their distribution center strategy to meet current e-commerce demands.
retail-industry  ecommerce  industrial-real-estate  warehousing  logistics  supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
GE Builids new Silicon Carbide Ceramic Fiber Plant - IndustryWeek
GE Aviation’s two new plants will help to establish a supply chain for CMCs needed for rapidly expanding jet engine demand, in particular the LEAP turbofan engine. 
alabama  Aerospace  supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Manufacturing Footprint 2020: Expansion vs. Optimization - MAPI
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.
STUDIES  industry-organizations  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-328  business-globalization  international-location-reports 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
The California Drought’s Impact On Pharma - Pharmaceutical Online
Water restrictions have far-reaching ramifications on industries such as agriculture and food processing which rely on heavy water use. While not as significantly impacted as these sectors, pharmaceutical companies based in California have their own drought-related challenges to contend with. Most notably, the water shortage has made it increasingly difficult for pharmaceutical companies to secure the wastewater discharge permits necessary to manufacture drugs in the state.
pharmaceuticals  biotech  life-sciences  Around-the-web  this-week-328  regional-reports  manufacturing  california  water-availability 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Universities have a choice — partner with industry, or watch their best minds disappear - The Washington Post
The University of Virginia’s provost, Tom Katsouleas, once told me that less than one percent, by his estimates, of basic research is commercialized and that there may be as few as one near-term commercialization for every $10 million invested in fundamental research.
basic-research  research&development  university-economic-development  research-commercialization  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
The Next Industrial Revolution is Here - IndustryWeek
Amidst the exciting opportunities in manufacturing, a recognition that revolutions are "really quite difficult things."
advanced-industries  advanced-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-328  biotech  life-sciences 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Inbound Logistics Requirements for the New Automotive Supply Chain - Supply Chain 24/7
The expectation that suppliers must share in the ownership of the shipping process to ensure products are received in a timely and cost effective manner - essentially, at the right time, in the right container, at the right shipping price, to the right location - requires that they employ advanced analytics and visibility.
global-supply-chain  logistics  automotive-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
'Business Courts' Take on Complex Corporate Conflicts - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Specialized courts that handle business disputes have been created in more than two dozen states, an effort to unclog the courts and make them speedier and more efficient.
Around-the-web  this-week-328  business-climate 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
What should be the economic development priorities for Louisiana's next governor? - NOLA.com
We asked economic development executives in the New Orleans region to set the agenda for Louisiana's next governor, who voters will choose Nov. 21, as it pertains to the parishes they oversee.
economic-development-news  louisiana  regional-reports  government-policy  this-week-328  Around-the-web 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
New Rules Will Improve Understanding of Costs, Benefits of Business Tax Incentives - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Beginning in December, new financial reporting standards will require state and local governments to disclose the annual cost of tax incentives they approve to attract and retain businesses and create jobs.

As more states and cities examine the costs and benefits of tax subsidies, the new rules will allow taxpayers and investors to take a closer look, too.
taxes-incentives  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
The TPP could help tiny companies become global exporters - Quartz
The trade deal, which still has to be ratified by the 12 participating countries, including the US, Japan, and Mexico, could make it easier for a mother in Tokyo to buy a handmade crib from a furniture maker in Vermont.
Trans-Pacific-Partnership  free-trade-agreements  Around-the-web  this-week-328  e-commmerce  economic-analysis 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Corporate Income Tax Rates and Base Broadening from Income Shifting - Tax Foundation
Several studies have raised concerns about multinational corporations shifting income from the U.S., where the corporate income tax rate is relatively high, to lower-tax countries. These studies suggest that when the difference in corporate income tax rates between the U.S. and other countries is great, U.S. businesses’ foreign affiliates claim more income in their host countries, which results in lower U.S. tax revenues. Some studies have suggested that 35 percent of U.S. corporate tax revenue is lost due to income shifting.
industry-organizations  taxes-incentives  corporate-tax-reform  corporate-tax  government-policy  business-globalization  tax-shelters  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Understanding Millennials and generational differences - Deloitte University Press
Millennials are widely thought to be less loyal to their employers than their older colleagues. But a look at the numbers suggests that many of the traits attributed to Millennials are related to prevailing economic conditions rather than to fundamental differences in their aspirations.
workforce-development  millennials  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Economic Development Incentives for Small Companies Benefit Big Businesses - CityLab
States say they want to help independent businesses, but large companies take the majority of the dollars.
Around-the-web  this-week-328  small-business  taxes-incentives  Matt 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Increasing Access to Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits - Urban Land Magazine
The availability of financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects has come a long way over the past few years, but it also has a way to go to gain further acceptance, experts in the field said during a session at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
energy-efficiency  sustainable-development  capital-access  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Bridging the Infrastructure Divides - The Innovation Files
When traditional infrastructure supporters wonder why there is so little support from voters or elected officials for increased funding, the answer should not a surprise.
infrastructure  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-328  transportation 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Aren't There More Energy-Efficient Buildings? - the Atlantic - City Lab
Data from an initiative to make architecture more sustainable shows progress, but there’s still a long way to go to make a dent in climate-change risks.
Metros  urban-planning  energy-efficiency  sustainable-development  green-buildings  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
The End of Central Business Districts? - The Atlantic - City Lab
“We go to CBDs because that’s where other people are, not because they’re wonderful places to spend time.”
Metros  urban-planning  central-business-districts  industry-clusters  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
FDI Announcements: A Potential Signal of the Benefits of Cluster Development - Indiana Business Review
In this article, we will explore the role that growth clusters may have in attracting FDI, i.e., magnetic cluster growth, in Indiana.
indiana  regional-reports  economic-analysis  fdi-USA  industry-clusters  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Sharing Supply Chain Data in the Digital Era - MIT Sloan Management Review
Effectively managing and coordinating supply chains will increasingly require new approaches to data transparency and collaboration.
supply-chain  big-data  Around-the-web  this-week-328 
october 2015 by areadevelopment
Building and advancing digital skills to support Seattle’s economic future - Brookings
As the influence of digital technologies in the global economy expands, metropolitan areas throughout the United States face the task of preparing residents for an increasingly technology-powered world.
skilled-labor  broadband  workforce-development  skills-gap  Around-the-web  this-week-328  Metros  seattle 
october 2015 by areadevelopment

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