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Workforce Training / Education

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. More

Is Your New Economy Workforce Hiding Where You Least Expect It?

Chris Schwinden, Vice President, Site Selection Group (Q4 2018)

Area Development recently sat with Chris Schwinden, Vice President, Site Selection Group, to discuss how companies can assess a location’s true workforce potential in this exceptionally tight labor market. More

Innovative University Partnerships Advance the Fintech Landscape in Florida

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

As the “Fintech” industry’s need for employees with advanced IT and cybersecurity skills grows, locations that can provide such a workforce are becoming hotbeds for the industry. More

Orlando: A Prime Destination for a STEM Workforce

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

Although Orlando already has a labor pool possessing STEM skills, it continues to build that resource through a collaboration between its educational institutions, the tech community, and government. More

First Person: “New Collar” Workers Needed to Support Manufacturing

Sarah Boisvert, Founder, Fab Lab Hub (Q3 2018)

Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee’s Comprehensive Workforce Development Efforts

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

From offering free postsecondary education to partnering with employers on workforce training programs to identifying skills gaps, Tennessee is tackling the challenge of fulfilling industry’s short- and long-term labor force needs. More

Increasing the Ranks of Women in Manufacturing

Pamela Kan, President , Bishop-Wisecarver (Workforce Q2 2018)

Through education and mentorship, women will be encouraged to pursue careers in today’s increasingly technological and innovative manufacturing industries. More

A “Marshall Plan” to Develop and Attract Talent

Roger Curtis, Director, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development  (Workforce Q2 2018)

When businesses are considering where to set up shop or expand existing operations, one of the driving influences behind their decision is access to talent. More

Thinking Outside the Box to Fulfill Workforce Needs

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q2 2018)

Some businesses are looking to nontraditional labor pools — including ex-offenders, recovering addicts, and those with disabilities — as potential employees. More

Location Notebook: Mississippi — Where Key Stakeholders Cooperate for Business Success

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

Mississippi’s Shovel Award accomplishments reflect a commitment by businesses, their workforces, and the economic development community to work together. More

The Art and Science of Assessing the Labor Market

Doug Rasmussen, Director, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory, Duff & Phelps (Q2 2018)

Only through a combination of data analysis (the science) and labor interviews (the art) can a company be sure of choosing a location where its workforce needs are satisfied now and in the future. More

The U.S. and Italy: Natural Complementary Partners

Italian Trade Agency (Q2 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s innovative conferences help to illuminate the rich potential for new U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing partnerships. More

University Innovation Parks Link the Academic and “Real World”

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Research and innovation parks continue to evolve to meet the needs of students, faculty, and private-sector tenants alike. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky's Favorable Business Climate Brings Record Corporate Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Through pro-business initiatives — including cutting red tape, passing RTW legislation, and customizing workforce training — Kentucky captured record investment in 2017 and sees more success ahead. More

STEM Grads: At the Core of the Tech Location Decision

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q1 2018)

The search for tech talent is leading companies to look at some traditional as well as surprising locations and also putting workspace buildout in a new perspective. More

Iowa Sets Ambitious Workforce Education Goals

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q1 2018)

In order to satisfy workforce needs, Iowa is fostering K–12 STEM education and aiming to increase postsecondary education and training via free community college and other measures. More

First Person: Apprenticeship Programs Are a Win-Win for Industries and Workers

Kim Nichols, CEO, Franklin Apprenticeships (Q1 2018)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Kim Nichols, the CEO of Franklin Apprenticeships, about how modernized apprenticeships can change the perception of the manufacturing industry while helping to satisfy its workforce needs, as well as the needs of other advanced industries. More

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2017 Food Processing)

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight. More

Knowledge-Industry Firm Grows in a Small, Iowa Manufacturing City

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q4 2017)

A former mill town on the Mississippi River is home to an insurer that continues to expand and is working on attracting data-driven industry with its pool of college-educated workers. More

How Millennial Workforce Trends Are Affecting Business

Jennifer Carroll, Manager, Credits and Incentives, True Partners Consulting LLC (Q4 2017)

Companies looking to hire millennials need to take into account their lifestyle and workplace preferences, while figuring out how to train them and integrate them into a multigenerational workforce. More