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White House Approves a Tax Rule Meant to Help Distressed Areas - The New York Times
The Treasury Department is poised to outline new rules stemming from the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year that are aimed at giving investors confidence to pour billions of dollars into distressed economic areas across the United States.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  economic-development  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  opportunity-zones  sfp-insider-11-30-2018 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Greenhouse growers turn to cannabis to cash in on lucrative crop - CBC News
Move over tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. It's time to make room for your popular new cousin in the agriculture business: cannabis.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  cannabis  agribusiness  agriculture  canada  location-canada 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion - The New York Times
Every major university is wrestling with how to adapt to the technology wave of artificial intelligence — how to prepare students not only to harness the powerful tools of A.I., but also to thoughtfully weigh its ethical and social implications. A.I. courses, conferences and joint majors have proliferated in the last few years.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  AI  tech  high-tech  technical-center  advanced-industries  advanced-technology  university-economic-development  education  advanced-manufacturing 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Amazon’s HQ2 announcement is coming - Recode
After more than a year of fanfare, competition and city government prostrations, Amazon’s announcement of its second headquarters location is imminent.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  amazon  headquarters  HQ2  site-selection  economic-development  jobs  tech  high-tech  technology  STEM 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever - WSJ
What if you could store and deliver goods as easily as data? Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery. Welcome to the physical cloud
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  retail  e-commmerce  ecommerce  AI  robotics  advanced-technology  advanced-industries  data  drones  amazon 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
A Map of Every Building in America - The New York Times
These images are drawn from a huge database that Microsoft released to the public this year. The company’s computer engineers trained a neural network to analyze satellite imagery and then to trace the shapes of buildings across the country. Such information has been available before in some places, but this is the first comprehensive database covering the entire United States.
maps  gis  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
CFO Signals: Fading Optimism, Led by Trade, Tariffs, and Talent Concerns - Deloitte US
This quarter, CFO optimism, while still strong, appears to be on the retreat, amid concerns around global trade and the evolving challenge to both identify finance talent and equip teams with the analytical skills they need.
economic-forecast  executive-surveys  CFO  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Federal government releases new advanced manufacturing strategy - SSTI
In honor of National Manufacturing day last week, the Trump administration released the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing. Developed in partnership with the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the report is intended to outline the administration’s vision for American leadership in advanced manufacturing across industrial sectors. It advocates pursuing three goals: develop and transition new manufacturing technologies; educate, train, and connect the manufacturing workforce; and, expand the capabilities of the domestic manufacturing supply chain.
government-policy  advanced-manufacturing  industry-organizations  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Great Recession aftermath: 28 US cities that never recovered - USA TODAY
From the end of 2007 through mid-2009, the United States went through one of the worst recessions in its history. During the recession and in the months that followed, the U.S. labor market shed millions of jobs, and the unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  cities  recession  economic-development  jobs 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster - MIT Technology Review
Traditionally, aerospace organizations have replied upon thousand-page paper manuals to relay instructions to their workers. In recent years, firms like Boeing and Airbus have started experimenting with augmented reality, but it’s rarely progressed beyond the testing phase. At Lockheed, at least, that’s changing. The firm’s employees are now using AR to do their jobs every single day.
augmented-reality-shop-floor  shop-floor  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  Aerospace  lockheed-martin  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Goodbye Toronto, hello Winnipeg: Are Canada’s young giving up their big city dreams? - The Globe and Mail
Stats around whether younger Canadians are choosing to stay closer to home are still sparse, though Statistics Canada did find that between 2012 and 2017 Toronto’s net interprovincial migration – the difference between the number of people moving into Toronto and moving out of it and into different areas of the province – was minus 142,465.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  workforce  jobs  canada  location-canada 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Brad Porter, VP of Robotics at Amazon, on Warehouse Automation, Machine Learning, and His First Robot - IEEE Spectrum
Amazon's chief roboticist discusses the latest advances in the field and how his team is using machine learning to make its robots smarter
robotics  warehouse-facility  Around-the-web  this-week-438  amazon  automation 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Oil Company Headquarters Make a Powerful Statement - The New York Times
Striking headquarters have long been synonymous with energy companies for canny, unabashedly capitalist reasons, said Marc Kushner, a partner at the architecture firm Hollwich Kushner. “Great architecture by great architects is a way to physically manifest success, because big buildings equal big profits in people’s minds,” he says, adding that their permanence is a swaggering statement more powerful than any advertisement.
corporate-headquarters  energy  Around-the-web  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Trump Booted Foreign Startup Founders. Other Countries Embraced Them - Bloomberg
Flair is hiring in Vancouver, where AlMasoud was one of the first people accepted to a startup visa program that looks a lot like the fast-track Obama plan Trump blew up. In the past 18 months, similar programs with a range of perks have sprung up in at least a dozen countries, including the U.K., China, Japan, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Australia, and New Zealand.
startup-visa  immigration-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-438  government-policy 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Automakers seek new ways to collaborate and innovate - Industrial Insights - PwC
New investments into electrification, autonomy and mobility are being announced almost daily it seems, and those investments are remaking the auto industry. Carmakers today face a serious dilemma – if they don’t invest substantially in electric and self-driving technology, they won’t curry favor with Wall Street. But as they continue to sink more dollars into these technologies, they risk wasting billions as the electric vehicle (EV) segment to-date remains unprofitable.
automotive-industry  this-week-438  Around-the-web  electric-vehicle  autonomous-vehicles  industry-reports 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
NAFTA By Any Other Name Is Just Fine with Corporate America - IndustryWeek
New regional value content requirements could push production from Mexico’s cheaper labor market to the U.S.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  NAFTA  trade  trade-agreements  exports  imports  mexico  manufacturing  sfp-insider-10-26-2018 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  china  tech  high-tech  technology  innovation  manufacturing 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Amazon to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Workers - The New York Times
Amazon said on Tuesday that it would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for its United States employees, a rare acknowledgment that it was feeling squeezed by political pressure and a tight labor market.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  amazon  labor-costs  labor  workforce 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Maine’s Mill Towns Search for New Life - WSJ
Once reliant on the paper industry, towns look to diversify and draw new businesses
Around-the-web  maine  regional-reports  paper-industry  new-england  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment

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