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Workforce Training / Education

Higher Ed for Hire: Providing Fuel for High-demand, High-skilled Jobs

Elizabeth Narehood, Community Innovation Consultant and Coordinator of Workforce Development , Central Virginia Community College (Workforce Q4 2016)

Long-term university-industry partnerships, agile community college curriculums and creative government funding are providing the “secret sauce” for workforce development and a supportive pipeline for future regional industrial growth. More

Reshoring and Skilled Workforce Go Hand in Hand

Harry Moser , Founder/President, The Reshoring Initiative (Workforce Q4 2016)

A higher skilled workforce is necessary for reshoring to occur, but recruiting that workforce also requires reshoring to be visibly successful. More

Editor's Note: Food Processors’ Grow Sales, Overcome Challenges

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (2016 Food Processing)

New safety regulations, shifting consumer preferences, and finding the right talent are just some of the challenges food processors are facing as their sales continue to grow. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Availability of Skilled Labor

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2016)

It pretty much goes without saying that any operation — new or expanding — will need an adequate supply of workers who have whatever skills are required to do the job well. More

The “Truth” on the Ground: Understanding Your Potential Workforce

Steve Bonine, Principal, Hickey and Associates (Q4 2016)

Understanding your potential workforce is critical when undertaking a site selection project. Ensuring you will have employees with the right skills at the right price at each of your location options can lead to long-term success. More

Frontline: Women Will Help Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Karen Thuermer (Q4 2016)

Realizing that women are an untapped labor pool for manufacturers, several companies are undertaking initiatives to recruit and develop the best female talent. More

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

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