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Why so many U.S. manufacturers are putting up ‘Help Wanted’ signs - The Washington Post
American manufacturing is changing, and the enterprises flourishing today often demand a different set of skills than assembly lines of the past.
skills-gap  workforce-aging  Around-the-web  this-week-372  workforce-development  skilled-labor  STEM-workforce  advanced-manufacturing  indiana 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
General Motors To Immediately Begin Public Tests of Self Driving Cars
General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday said the automaker will immediately begin testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in Michigan just days after Governor Rick Snyder signed a package of bills legalizing the operation of autonomous vehicles in the hope of restoring the state’s image as an center of automotive innovation.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  automotive-industry  autonomous-vehicles  General-Motors  GM  innovation  Michigan  midwest 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
GM will launch production, testing of self-driving Bolts in Mich. - Automotive News
GM CEO Mary Barra also said the company will start testing autonomous Bolts on public roads near the GM Technical Center in suburban Detroit “immediately,” in response to state legislation enacted last week that allows wider use of the vehicles. She said metropolitan Detroit will be GM’s primary test area for snow and cold-weather driving.
GM  automotive-industry  Michigan  autonomous-vehicles  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Manufacturers Procrastinate as Skills Gap Looms - IndustryWeek
U.S. manufacturers face an "extreme talent gap" but a report from ToolingU-SME finds too many companies are procrastinating rather than taking action to bolster their workforce.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  workforce  workforce-development  workforce-training  skilled-labor  skills-gap  manufacturing 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
How Steelcase Rearranged Its Workplace To Create A Purposeful Office - Co.Exist
CEO Jim Keane rethought the furniture company's office to make employees and executives more accountable—and more inspired.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  workplace  workplace-design  workplace-trends  facility-planning 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Can West Virginia University Jump-Start A New Economy Based On Innovation--Not Coal? - Co.Exist
As part of our series on the economy of coal country after coal, we go to Morgantown, West Virginia, where the university is trying to inspire a new generation of non-mining business.
workforce-development  research&development  research-commercialization  west-virginia  energy  skilled-labor  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Greater Washington Partnership brings together CEOs from Baltimore to Richmond - Baltimore Sun
A group of 17 CEOs from enterprises stretching from Baltimore to Washington and Richmond are creating an organization to promote the region's strengths and work toward shared interests in infrastructure, jobs and economic development.
economic-development  site-selection  this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  virginia  maryland  Washington-DC  mid-atlantic  jobs  baltimore  richmond 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
The Business Case for More Women in Manufacturing Leadership - IndustryWeek
The many challenges facing the manufacturing sector include recruiting, retaining and advancing top talent. Manufacturing needs leaders who will create the future and inspire innovation.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  women-in-manufacturing  jobs  workforce  manufacturing  skilled-labor 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
A College Comes With a Side of Economic Stimulus - Bloomberg View
There are relatively few sure-fire ways for the government to boost long-term productivity growth. Expanding higher education might be one of them.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  education  university-economic-development  college  workforce  workforce-development 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
The Region's Aging Locks and Dams Could Put Growth on Lockdown - West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Moving goods on barges is big business. But it’s a part of the economy that floats precariously on infrastructure in dire need of an overhaul. 
inland-waterways  regional-reports  inland-ports  infrastructure  logistics  west-virginia  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Bicycle Production Begins Move Back to US - IndustryWeek
After decades of offshoring, established bicycle brands and entrepreneurs are bringing bicycle manufacturing back to the United States as overseas costs rise and companies realize the value of "local for local" production.
u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  backshoring  micro-factories  detroit  industry-clusters  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Boston is now home to three brand new sneaker headquarters - The Boston Globe
Here’s a look at the three sneaker companies, including Reebok, that have recently made the city their (corporate) home...
apparel  Around-the-web  this-week-372  Boston  corporate-headquarters 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Warehousing, logistics demand rising on US-Mexico border - JOC
At major border crossing points, industrial developers are eyeing logistics projects, including warehousing and distribution centers, as cross-border trade between the two countries continues to grow, despite the uncertain future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
NAFTA  mexico  texas  new-mexico  arizona  california  warehousing  logistics  Around-the-web  this-week-372  business-globalization 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
There’s an Antidote to America’s Long Economic Malaise: College Towns - WSJ
Half the manufacturing-heavy areas in the U.S. that lost lots of those jobs but had surprisingly good overall employment growth since 2000 are home to a major university.
education  workforce-development  skilled-labor  Around-the-web  this-week-372  college-towns 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Inside the factory building GM's game-changing Bolt EV - engadget
At CES earlier this year, GM CEO Mary Barra announced, to much fanfare, that the Bolt EV would have a range of over 200 miles, cost less than $30,000 (after tax credits) and ship by the end of the year.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  high-tech  technology  tech  GM  General-Motors  automotive-industry  electric-vehicle  detroit  midwest 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Protecting America’s critical infrastructure must remain a priority - TechCrunch
The months leading up to Election Day exposed major vulnerabilities we face in today’s increasingly digital world. It’s now more clear than ever that America’s dependence on technology and web-based communication has forever changed the way government functions at every level.
this-week-372  Around-the-web  Matt  infrastructure  technology 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Alternative to VC: Capital Models to Achieve Economic Prosperity - SSTI
Each of the financing models described have potential applications to the field of tech-based economic development (TBED) and the economic prosperity of communities across the country.
capital-access  venturecapital  cleantech  crowd-funding  Around-the-web  this-week-372  technology-based-economic-development 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
The Factory of the Future - The Boston Consulting Group
The factory of the future is a vision for how manufacturers should enhance production by making improvements in three dimensions: plant structure, plant digitization, and plant processes. We discuss the elements of each and provide selected examples that illustrate how leading automotive suppliers and OEMs are testing new concepts.
u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  shop-floor  facility-planning  manufacturing-automation  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Extreme makeover: Warehouses get a fresh new look - JLL Real Views
Gone are the days where warehouses were perceived as dark, dank storerooms that existed simply to store excess inventory.
warehouse-facility  e-commmerce  sustainable-development  LEED  facility-planning  logistics  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Apple Supplier Foxconn Plans Expansion in U.S. - WSJ
Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures Apple Inc.’s iPhone and other products, said it is in talks to expand in the U.S. The statement comes amid President-elect Donald Trump’s push for a return of manufacturing to the U.S.

Foxconn said the size and scope of its potential U.S. investment hasn’t been determined.
apple  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
How an economic developer is bringing factory jobs back to Mississippi - CBS News
Joe Max Higgins is credited with generating about 6,000 manufacturing jobs in Mississippi’s Golden Triangle, one of the poorest areas in the country. How’s he doing it? Bill Whitaker reports.
economic-development-news  mississippi  mega-sites  certified-sites  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Renewable energy key to economic growth in Ohio - The Columbus Dispatch
Wind turbine towers in farm fields let farmers benefit from two “crops” (one from the soil, the other from the wind) coming from the same land. And, the harvest of wind power in Ohio is feeding another important new and growing business, the data centers that houses the “cloud."
green-economy  data-centers  economic-development-news  ohio  wind-energy  this-week-372  Around-the-web 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Is crumbling infrastructure inhibiting American productivity? - PBS NewsHour
In recent decades, American productivity growth has slowed. Yale University's Jacob Hacker has a possible explanation: the country’s outdated and deteriorating infrastructure. Hacker, co-author of “American Amnesia,” argues the U.S. has forgotten the role government plays in engineering prosperity, and that public investment got us where we are today. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
infrastructure  economic-development-news  government-policy  this-week-372  Around-the-web 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation in supply chains - Deloitte University Press
Supply chains are traditionally linear, but today supply chains are transforming into dynamic, interconnected systems. These digital supply networks integrate information from many different sources to drive production and distribution, potentially altering manufacturing’s competitive landscape.
digital-supply-networks  internet-of-things  industry4.0  global-supply-chain  logistics  Around-the-web  this-week-372 
december 2016 by areadevelopment

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