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Frontline: West Coast Ports Unite to Solve Challenges

Karen Thuermer (Q3 2015)

Manufacturers of imported and exported goods between the United States and Asia let out a huge sigh of relief in late May when a five-year contract that governs pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports was finally ratified. Despite the ratified agreement, manufacturers are certain that strikes and delays will continue at West Coast ports. More

Frontline: NIH Expands Its REACH

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)

Bioresearch got a shot in the arm when the National Institutes of Health announced that three proof-of-concept hubs would join three already existing Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs: The Long Island Bioscience Hub, The University of Louisville and The University of Minnesota. More

Front Line: Metro Areas Join in Export Initiatives

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)

To date, 28 cities across the country have come together under a pilot program called the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) to develop their foreign direct investment plans and volume of exports. More

Front Line: High-Speed Rail Spurs Economic Development

Mark Crawford (Q1 2015)

Economic benefits include construction and operations jobs and manufacturing and supply chain opportunities. More than 25 rail manufacturing companies and suppliers have committed to expanding their U.S. operations if their bids are selected for building high-speed rail systems. More

Front Line: In Prince William County, VA, Serious Gaming Boosts Training Simulation

Dan Emerson (Directory 2015)

Earlier this year, George Mason University, celebrated the opening of its new Simulation and Game Institute (SGI) which could become a regional pipeline for STEM talent. More

Front Line: The New Economy, Crowdfunding for Civic Projects

Lisa A. Bastian (Directory 2015)

For a small but growing number of locales, “crowdfunding” is part of the solution for funding economic development projects. More

Front Line: Preparing for Takeoff in the Drone Industry

Craig Guillot (Q4 2014)

As drones become smaller, more affordable, and easier to operate, they’re being eyed for use in everything from agriculture to construction and real estate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there could be 30,000 of them in American skies by 2020, and according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the business of manufacturing and flying drones could become an $82 billion industry within 10 years. More

Frontline: Sustainable Research Facility a First in the U.S. for Max Planck Institute

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 2014)

Certified LEED Gold, the Florida research facility brings scientists together in a collaborative environment. More

Front Line: Tesla’s New Battery Plant to Bring Electric Vehicles to the Masses

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

A comprehensive incentives package (pending legislative approval), proximity to natural resources and abundant renewable energy potential are significant factors that will improve Tesla’s odds of success in the “get things done state.” More

Front Line: Light Manufacturers Create a Unique Supply Chain in Central Ohio

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Q3 2014)

At the New Albany Personal Care and Beauty Innovation Campus, a cluster of manufacturing businesses are working together as a supply chain to create a wide variety of packaged healthcare and beauty products – all developed and completed at the same business park and then shipped all over the world. More

First Person: A California Pioneer Brings Source Manufacturing Jobs Back to Ohio

Ulrich Honighausen, CEO, hausenware, inc. and Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Q3 2014)

A designer and sourcer of tableware for several large U.S. retailers has opened up a new pottery-making firm that utilizes local skilled talent to manufacture products for the American market. More

Front Line: Micro Factories of the Future

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2014)

Today everything seems to be “micro-sizing,” including manufacturing. With companies scrutinizing all expenses — including the cost of factory floor square footage, equipment, and energy, some executives are finding that micro production might offer advantages. More

Major New Developments for Keystone Pipeline

James T. Berger (Q1 2014)

Even without approval of the controversial Keystone XL phase, Canadian crude oil is now flowing through the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf for the first time. More

Metal-to-Plastic Conversion Allows for Creativity & Reduces Shipping Costs

Mark Crawford (Directory 2014)

The automotive industry, in particular, has been taking advantage of metal-to-plastic conversion for years to meet stricter federal guidelines for improved fuel efficiency by 2025. More

Additive Manufacturing Becomes National Technology Focus

Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor,  (Q4 / Fall 2013)

While 3D printing started out more than two decades ago being a means for producing primarily prototype parts, the use of AM technologies in both polymers and powdered metals, for direct production of end-use parts, continues to grow. More

Momentum Builds for U.S.-India Trade Agreement

James T. Berger (Q3 / Summer 2013)

The time appears to be ripe for the enactment of a bilateral investment treaty to reinvigorate commercial ties between the world’s two biggest democracies, the United States and India. More

North Carolina’s Research Triangle To Land New Information Superhighway

Beth Mattson-Teig (Q3 / Summer 2013)

North Carolina’s Research Triangle hopes to gain an edge with high-speed connectivity with a local, public-private initiative aimed at providing open access, ultra-high-speed bandwidth at affordable prices to both residents and businesses throughout the region. More

Will Businesses Feel the Bite of Sequestration?

Beth Mattson-Teig (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Sequestration has provided plenty of fodder for late-night comedians. But the $85 billion in federal budget cuts scheduled to occur this year is no joke to the U.S. economy. More

Columbus, Ohio Only U.S. City to be Recognized as a Top7 “Intelligent Community” for 2013

Area Development Research Desk (Q2 / Spring 2013)

The Columbus, Ohio, region is not only a manufacturing hub (manufacturing represents nearly 20 percent of the work force in nine of 11 counties) but is also an “Intelligent Community,” as noted by The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). More

Immigration Reform Would Impact Manufacturers

Lisa Buddecke, Kelsar Industries (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the top priorities of the Obama administration. This includes reforms that will keep highly skilled workers in the United States, as well as the creation of a new system to bring skilled workers into the country when Americans aren’t available to fill jobs. More