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U.S. Reshoring: Over Before It Began? - A.T. Kearney
In 2015, the A.T. Kearney U.S. Reshoring Index shows that, for the fourth consecutive year, reshoring of manufacturing activities to the United States has once again failed to keep up with offshoring. This time the index has dropped to –115, down from –30 in 2014, and it represents the largest year-over-year decrease in the past 10 years.
Around-the-web  this-week-335  reshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  STUDIES  business-globalization 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Photos inside of Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory - Business Insider
Elon Musk is building a massive Tesla Gigafactory that's expected to be completed in 2020. When finished, it'll be the world's second-largest building by volume — three times the size of New York's Central Park.
this-week-335  Around-the-web  Matt  tesla  automotive-industry  advanced-industries  advanced-manufacturing  advanced-technology  gigafactory  elon-musk  manufacturing  electric-vehicle  electric-car  Nevada  mountain-states  Reno  site-selection  economic-development  jobs 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Retro-tech: 2015 was an astounding year for one cassette tape factory - Ars Technica
NAC's factory has eight production lines and more than 40 employees (including four graphic artists and nine audio engineers). To keep those production lines running, the company has 50 to 60 different pieces of heavy machinery in reserve that it has purchased through the years. “Thirty or 40 of that we've cannibalized for parts,” Stepp told Ars. NAC even has its own machine shop to make parts that simply cannot be found anymore.
u.s.-manufacturing  shop-floor  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota - The New York Times
Silicon Valley has the big money and know-how, Mr. Muehler and others say, but North Dakota can take unmanned aerial vehicles, as the officials prefer to call drones, from a fast-growing hobby to an industry. And just as Silicon Valley got its start with military contracts, entrepreneurs and cooperative universities, they believe they can do the same with drones.
uav-aerospace  north-dakota  innovation-hubs  industry-clusters  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Five ways Canada’s startup ecosystem can catch up with the world’s top innovators - Financial Post
Looking back on 2015, the Canadian startup ecosystem has had a number of reasons to celebrate, including Shopify’s initial public offering and several venture capital backed startups attracting major follow-on rounds. However, when it comes to startup success Canada still has a long way to go to catch up with the world’s top players.
canada  startup  innovation-hubs  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Why Bay Area Tech Will Never Leave San Francisco - CityLab
Startups and big names like Facebook could decamp from overpriced, overcrowded Silicon Valley any time. But they won’t.
this-week-335  Around-the-web  Matt  san-francisco  silicon-valley  pacific-states  california  tech  technology  high-tech  entrepreneurship  startup 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2015: McKinsey Global Survey results - McKinsey & Company
Growing shares of executives say geopolitical instability is a risk to both global and domestic growth. At the same time, their views on overall conditions have improved notably—but remain tempered on China’s prospects.
economic-forecast  executive-surveys  Around-the-web  this-week-335  sfp-insider-123 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Michigan economic development on track, leaders say - Detroit Free Press
Since the 2009 economic crisis, Michigan’s healthier economy has surged, and its unemployment level plunged. But the state still trails other states in several key areas, including per-capita income and educational attainment.
regional-economic-development  regional-reports  midwest  Michigan  economic-development-news  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
A Conservative Estimate of ‘The Wal-Mart Effect': Wal-Mart’s growing trade deficit with China has displaced more than 400,000 U.S. jobs - Economic Policy Institute
Between 2001 and 2013, this growing deficit eliminated or displaced 3.2 million U.S. jobs (Kimball and Scott 2014). As the world’s largest retailer, U.S.-based Wal-Mart is a key conduit of Chinese imports into the American market.
jobs  economic-analysis  china  wal-mart  trade-deficit  industry-organizations  business-globalization  offshoring  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
U.S. manufacturing may depend on automation to survive and prosper - Brookings Institution
What is the real story and what needs to be done to save this sector? The biggest factor transforming manufacturing has been technology; and technology will largely determine its future.
u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing-automation  backshoring  Around-the-web  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Setting your sites on solid ground - Food Engineering
A litany of factors must be considered in selecting a new plant location, but the choice must ultimately facilitate your goals and business strategy.
food-processing  site-selection  this-week-335  Around-the-web  Matt  food-industry  sustainability  workforce  taxes-incentives  facility-planning 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Ford in talks with Google to build self-driving cars - Automotive News
It isn't clear whether Ford would design a purpose-built vehicle for Google or supply a standard production car fitted with the sensors and computers that the car needs to guide itself down the road.
this-week-335  Around-the-web  Matt  Ford  Google  high-tech  automotive-industry  advanced-industries  tech  technology  advanced-technology  manufacturing 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Roundtable: What’s to come in 2016 for real estate and construction? - BDO
As we approach the new year, we sat down for a broad discussion with our real estate and construction leaders to discuss the many trends and issues in the industry that captured our attention this year, and reveal expectations for the year ahead.
real-estate-market-reports  Around-the-web  economic-forecast  economic-analysis  this-week-335 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Tim Cook oversimplifies U.S. ‘skill’ problem - MarketWatch
The fact is that lower labor costs abroad, combined with low shipping costs, make it irresistible for companies like Apple, or any other mass producer of finished consumer goods, to have as much production as possible taking place outside the U.S.

Simply training more people with vocational skills won't bring back U.S. tool and die manufacturing.
offshoring  business-globalization  Around-the-web  electronics-industry  supply-chain  apple  china  this-week-335  tool-and-die-manufacturing  skilled-labor  u.s.-manufacturing 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Oil and gas industry overview - December 2015 - JLL
​​​​​​As prolonged oil pricing fluctuations take their toll, energy companies are reassessing their space needs.

Turbulence in the oil and gas industry is hitting the real estate sector, forcing some energy companies to make difficult decisions about their space needs.

Of course, not all energy markets are considered equal.
Around-the-web  this-week-335  energy  industry-reports  industrial-real-estate  real-estate-market-reports  economic-analysis 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
US Economic Forecast - Deloitte University Press
As Europe and China show continued weakness and uncertainty, the US economy appears strong—though, as always, outside events and internal conflict may intervene. The big question is whether the pace of productivity will pick up.
Around-the-web  this-week-335  economic-forecast 
december 2015 by areadevelopment
Congressional Spending Deal Would Boost Funding for Regional Innovation, Make R&D Tax Credit Permanent - SSTI
This week, congressional leaders reached a deal on spending that would prevent a federal government shutdown. The omnibus appropriations bill would fund the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Program at $15 million, an increase of $5 million over the previous year. The Regional Innovation program is SSTI's highest legislative priority because of the flexible funding it provides for regional innovation activities.
Around-the-web  this-week-335  technology-based-economic-development  government-policy 
december 2015 by areadevelopment

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