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Advanced Manufacturing

Frontline: Apple’s $1 Billion Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

Among the goals of Apple’s $1billion fund is the creation of thousands of new manufacturing jobs, especially in the computers and electronics fields.

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Asset / Facility Management

Scheduling, Planning & Front-End Loading (FEL) Can Keep Projects Open During Construction

Early engineering paves the way for feasible, cost-efficient repair and renovation projects.

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Contributed Content

Arkansas’ Thriving Timber Basket

With its healthy forests, modern transportation infrastructure, and an available trained workforce, Arkansas’ timber industry has recently enjoyed a resurgence.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Scouting Locations in an Era of Labor Scarcity: 10 Considerations

The tight labor market has made availability of skilled labor a paramount concern for companies looking to expand or open a new facility, but data alone will not help a company identify the community that will best meet its workforce needs.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Frontline: Regulatory Reform Taking Center Stage

Comments in response to the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning’s request-for-information about federal permitting and regulatory challenges will identify some of the specific obstacles businesses face when trying to achieve growth.

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DCs / Warehousing

Supply Change: Why A Modular Approach To Warehousing Could Be The Wave Of The Future

With the supply chain challenges that companies will inevitably face, the time is now to explore a more varied approach to warehousing.

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Location USA

Looking to the Future: FDI Growth Trends Signal Confidence in U.S. Market Prospects

Companies worldwide have recognized that the United States represents a strong platform for global growth, as well as one of the world’s most attractive consumer markets.

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Texas

Texas: Attracting Large and Small Companies Through Innovative Initiatives

State and local leaders are continuing to drive economic growth in Texas through pro-business policies and workforce training initiatives.

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Asset / Facility Management

In Focus: For Property Managers, a Penny Spent is a Penny Earned

By making smart energy-saving investments, property managers will reap long-term savings.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee

By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time.

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Automotive

Who’s Leading in the Autonomous Driving Race?

Established automakers in America’s Heartland are now competing with Silicon Valley technology companies for the lead in supplying self-driving vehicles and systems.

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Economy / Market Analysis

The Select Few Metros Where Wages Are Really Growing

A recent analysis from Emsi suggests that the labor market might not be as tight as the data shows — or at least not tight enough for businesses in aggregate to significantly drive up wages.

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Workforce Training / Education

Building a Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

The use of modern recruiting and training techniques, as well as technology to improve knowledge transfer and productivity, will help a manufacturer to build an effective workforce.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Corporate Tax Reform to Have Positive, Domino Effect on U.S. Industrial Economy

While the timing and details of a new corporate tax policy are still uncertain, it will change the business landscape for U.S. companies of all sizes for the better.

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Construction / Project Planning

Greater Predictability, Fewer Surprises Through Use of BIM for Front-End Planning

Using building information modeling (BIM) during pre-construction planning now leads to lower risk and improved predictability during the actual construction phase of a facility.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Silver Tsunami Washing Over the U.S. Workforce

It will take a creative and multi-tiered approach in partnership with communities, government, and educators for manufacturers to find the skilled work force they need.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Thinking Local: How to Find Manufacturing Talent

The best answer to the skills-shortage question is that it depends on where you’re located, the positions you’re looking to fill - and perhaps most importantly, the compensation you’re willing to offer.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Innovation Is Changing Companies’ Locational Needs

In the field of manufacturing, a domino sequence is changing the locational needs of companies. What does this mean for decision-makers and what criteria should be used for evaluating the next wave of sites and facilities?

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