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North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization. More

First Person: The Importance of Manufacturing to the U.S. Economy

Stephen Gold (Q3 2016)

Stephen Gold, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), discusses the true impact of manufacturing on the nation’s economy and standard of living. More

U.S. Manufacturers Attempting to Upskill Their Workforces

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2016)

As manufacturers rapidly adopt new technologies, they are increasingly faced with the problem of hiring and/or training workers who can help them to exploit these technologies. PwC’s latest survey explores this issue. More

Looking to Canada to Satisfy Your Workforce Needs

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Location Canada 2016)

With six out of 10 CIOs believing skills shortages will prevent their organizations from keeping up with the speed of change, the solution might be closer than expected. One needs only to look up. More

Aerospace Industry Costs "Disrupted" by Economic Development Partnerships

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

As competition for aerospace investment and jobs heats up, economic developers are increasingly offering tax relief, infrastructure and financial support, and workforce partnerships. More

Labor Force Challenges / Solutions in the Auto Industry

Kristin Dziczek, Director, Industry, Labor & Economics Group, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

As the auto industry prepares to launch record numbers of new and refreshed models over the next few years, the need for skilled trades workers will increase. More

Best Practices for Creating an Innovative, Advanced Manufacturing Culture

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q2 2016)

Promoting innovative, advanced manufacturing cultures within a community involves strategic planning and effective partnership with public institutions. More

Global Companies Partnering with U.S. Universities

Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Location USA 2016)

Hundreds of U.S. universities are collaborating with global companies to help them bring innovative ideas to the American marketplace. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - Innovations to Meet Workforce Needs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2016)

Tennessee is actively addressing the challenge of providing companies expanding and locating in the state with a skilled workforce. More

First Person: Bosch Rexroth Grows Its North American Presence & Workforce

Mike McCormick, Vice President and Technical Plant Manager , Bosch Rexroth  (Q1 2016)

Mike McCormick, Vice President and Technical Plant Manager at the Bosch Rexroth facility in Fountain Inn, S.C., recently spoke with Area Development about the company’s decision to expand its presence in North America as well its efforts to build a qualified workforce. More

Location Notebook: Jackson, Tennessee, Takes a Regional Economic Development Approach

Cynthia Kincaid, Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2016)

The nine-county Jackson, Tennessee, region is focusing on its key infrastructure strengths as well as educational assets, while meeting challenges head-on, in order to continue to attract targeted industries. More

First Person: Auto Industry Comeback Presents New Opportunities

Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran (Directory 2016)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Daron Gifford, the partner leading automotive industry strategy consulting at accounting firm and consultancy Plante Moran in Detroit. Gifford provides us with some deep insights into how the comeback in the auto industry has given new opportunities to the hundreds of Tier 1 suppliers that provide millions of parts to the OEM assembly plants, what’s driving this supply chain, and the new competitive issues facing the U.S. automotive industry. More

A Win-Win for Veterans & Companies Requiring Skilled Workers

Dan Emerson (Workforce Q4 2015)

Government and corporate initiatives are helping companies to utilize the skills of returning veterans to fill their need for qualified workers. More

Investing in Workforce Benefits Employers and Their Communities

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce Q4 2015)

Training provided by a state or community is valuable in bringing a workforce up to speed, but so is the creation of a “culture of learning” in an individual company. More

First Person: Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century

Nigel Dessau, CMO, Stratus Technologies (Q4 2015)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Nigel Dessau, author of Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away From the Pack. Dessau has more than 25 years experience in marketing and sales support in both the U.S. and Europe, having previously held positions at ADCLARO, AMD, and Sun Microsystems. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Availability of Skilled Labor Always a Top Priority

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Matching skills with employer needs is critical to the location decision. More

Location Notebook: Well-Connected Tennessee Innovating to Distribute Success

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Tennessee ranks highly for its certified sites program as well as its transportation infrastructure, and the state is employing innovative strategies to address educational and other challenges. More

Incentives for Advanced Manufacturing: Out of Step with the Times

Dan Emerson (Q4 2015)

Automation and other process improvements have drastically reduced the number of workers needed to achieve a given level of productivity. Have state governments that use tax breaks and other inducements to attract industrial projects updated their incentives to reflect these changing times? Conversations with site selection consultants and state officials paint a varied picture. More

Frontline: Part-Timers (By Choice) Diversify the Workforce

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

There is a growing population of workers who, by choice, prefer to work part-time hours. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figure cited by Bloomberg, six million Americans are choosing to work part time — an increase of about 12 percent since 2007. More

Frontline: Walmart’s “Made in USA” Program Encourages Reshoring

Karen Thuermer (Q4 2015)

This year Walmart partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to help companies manufacture more consumer products in the U.S. The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” More

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