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Economic Gardening: A Grassroots Alternative to Wooing Amazon - Esri
When Amazon announced in September 2017 that it was looking for a second headquarters location, the news set off a 13-month competition that had 238 cities outbidding each other to woo the internet retail giant with billions in tax and financial incentives. Some observers watched with chagrin. They knew a different way to grow local economies.
this-week-447  Around-the-web  Matt  amazon  headquarters  HQ2  economic-development  site-selection  jobs  taxes-incentives 
7 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Tech job growth is shifting from cities to metro regions and the suburban periphery - City Journal
If one looks at data, not press releases, a more nuanced picture emerges, with much of the fastest growth—including in tech—shifting dramatically not to the elite, dense urban centers but to more sprawling regions and the suburban periphery.
this-week-447  Around-the-web  Matt  site-selection  tech  high-tech  technology  economic-development  jobs  cities  Metros  suburbs 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
The secret to success for manufacturers and distributors? Follow the tracks - Railway Age
When a manufacturing or distribution company selects a new location for a facility, which factors are most important? Should the manufacturer listen to the recommendations of HR representatives and utility consultants or the construction controllers and local economic development officials? Opinions are infinite, but meaningful insights can be few and far between.
Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  rail  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
The boss is retiring. The kids don't want to take over. Family-owned manufacturers confront a succession ‘crisis’ - Chicago Tribune
A Chicago nonprofit is leading an effort to match retiring manufacturers whose families aren't interested in continuing the business with entrepreneurs who want to keep the companies running locally.
small-manufacturing  workforce-aging  Around-the-web  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Amazon pushing hard into ocean shipping from China to U.S. - USAToday
Quietly and below the radar, Amazon has been ramping up its ocean shipping service, sending close to 4.7 million cartons of consumers goods from China to the United States over the past year, records show.
amazon  logistics  global-supply-chain  freight-logistics  seaports  port-of-seattle  port-of-long-beach  china  Around-the-web  amazon-logistics  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Berkeley's two-armed robot hints at a new future for warehouses - Axios
eliable robot grabbers are the just-out-of-reach holy grail for e-commerce outfits like Amazon and Walmart, who still rely mainly on human hands for the job. Smart picker-uppers would clear a serious bottleneck in shipping and could change the nature of warehouses entirely.
industry4.0  automation  robotics  distribution-centers  e-commmerce  Around-the-web  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Manufacturing is cool again and it needs skilled workers - Detroit Free Press
For the past several decades, the number of professionals entering manufacturing had decreased as many talented, young professionals have sought work in Silicon Valley and other tech regions. This is no longer the case.
this-week-447  Around-the-web  Matt  skilled-labor  labor  skills-gap  manufacturing  additive-manufacturing  jobs  workforce  workforce-development  workforce-training  economic-development 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
How to Offer Flexibility to Your Manufacturing Employees - Manufacturing.net
According to the 2018 Mercer Talent Trends Study, 51 percent of manufacturing employees want their company to offer more flexible work options. Yet only nine percent of HR leaders in the industry say flexible working is visibly present in their organization.
this-week-447  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  workforce  workplace  labor 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area - The New York Times
The Seattle area, home to both Microsoft and Amazon, is a potent symbol of the affordable housing crisis that has followed the explosive growth of tech hubs.
this-week-447  Around-the-web  Matt  quality-of-life  housing  economic-development  microsoft  amazon  high-tech  technology 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
State economic development directors bring varied backgrounds to role - SSTI
The 20 new governors elected last November are filling out their appointments, and SSTI’s analysis of those named as state economic development directors reveals an array of backgrounds leading into their new roles. New Republican governors have shown a greater propensity to choose a leader with an industry background, while new Democratic governors have been more likely to appoint  directors with economic development experience. From a former U.S. representative to the owner of a regional pizza chain, here are the highlights of the 16 state economic development directors appointed since November.
government-policy  economic-development-news  Around-the-web  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Tax Reform, Trade Turbulence and More: 5 Real Estate & Construction Predictions for 2019 - BDO
Marked by turbulent trade conditions, a shifting retail landscape, continued fallout over tax reform and the accelerated growth of coworking companies, 2018 has been an eventful year for the real estate and construction industries.
commercial-real-estate  economic-forecast  Around-the-web  opportunity-zones  office-market  co-working-space  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Globalization in transition: The future of trade and global value chains - McKinsey
Global value chains are being reshaped by rising demand and new industry capabilities in the developing world as well as a wave of new technologies.
business-globalization  global-supply-chain  digital-supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Why there’s no bringing coal back - Brookings
uring his campaign, President Trump promised to bring coal back. But is that even possible? In a new paper, Howard Gruenspecht, senior energy economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, says that the answer is almost certainly “no.”
this-week-447  Around-the-web  Matt  energy  coal  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  jobs 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Top 10 Property Tax Myths: Are you missing an opportunity to reduce your property tax liability? - BDO
Nearly all local taxing jurisdictions, including municipalities, counties, and boards of education, generate tax revenue through the imposition of property tax, which is one of the most substantial sources of local government revenue. For many businesses, property tax is the largest state and local tax obligation, and one of the largest regular operating expenses incurred
property-taxes  taxes-incentives  commercial-real-estate  Around-the-web  asset-management  this-week-447 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
What if Cities Are No Longer the Land of Opportunity for Low-Skilled Workers? - The New York Times
Dense cities like New York have long promised higher wages, but now that is primarily true for workers with more education, a new analysis finds.
Around-the-web  Matt  cities  jobs  workforce  this-week-447 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Execs Say USMCA Beneficial But Expect Higher Production Costs - IndustryWeek
Forty-one percent believe production costs will increase by 10% over the next three years, and a significant number (26%) believe the increase could be 25% or more.
Around-the-web  Matt  automotive-industry  manufacturing  this-week-447 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
US-China trade war: Trump is winning but things could change - Business Insider
China's economy has taken a beating in recent weeks. Manufacturing is contracting for the first time in two years. There's a real-estate crisis. China just posted its first annual decline in car sales in 20 years. There's a retail slump. Foreign investment into China has plummeted.
area-development-news  Matt  government-policy  business-globalization  china  trade  trade-agreements  this-week-447 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Denmark plans 'Silicon Valley' on 9 artificial islands off Copenhagen - World Economic Forum
The Danish government wants to embark on a huge land-reclamation project that will see the creation of nine new islands, 10km south of Copenhagen.
Around-the-web  Matt  denmark  tech  high-tech  silicon-valley  business-globalization  this-week-447 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Things Money Can’t Buy: Love, and Economic Development - DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Money can’t buy you love, of course. It can’t buy economic development, either. The latest proof is Blackboard, the tech company that is leaving DC only four years after getting a big tax subsidy from the city and declaring themselves “firmly entrenched in DC.”
Around-the-web  Matt  taxes-incentives  economic-development  site-selection  Washington-DC  this-week-447 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Understanding the Social Impacts of Corporate Investment - Chief Executive Group
The idea that a company’s mission can transcend profit is becoming more mainstream. More businesses are realizing that by reorienting around a purpose-driven culture, they can attract and energize employees, delight and retain customers and achieve better business outcomes for shareholders.
Around-the-web  Matt  economic-development  site-selection  quality-of-life  this-week-447 
10 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Smart city logistics is the future of urban infill supply chain - JLL
Cities are reacting to the onslaught of e-commerce deliveries by enacting new policies designed to help make urban logistics more efficient.
logistics  urban-infill  ecommerce  warehouse-facility  supply-chain  last-mile-delivery  Around-the-web  this-week-447 
december 2018 by areadevelopment

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