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Workforce Training / Education

University Innovation Parks Link the Academic and “Real World”

Steve Stackhouse-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

Educational Attainment Can Impact Location Decisions

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Companies looking for workers with advanced skill sets can look to states with college educated workforces, but oftentimes workers with postsecondary vocational and technical training can help to fulfill companies’ needs. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - A Place to Grow Headquarters Operations

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

A pro-business environment is helping Tennessee to attract headquarters operations and grow its business and professional services sector, while its quality of life draws workers to the state. More

A Skills-Based Jobs Approach to Fulfilling Workforce Needs

Tom Gresham (Workforce Q4 2017)

Businesses are collaborating with academic and other partners to advocate for modern manufacturing jobs. More

Putting Military Veterans’ Skills to Work

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q4 2017)

Programs to hire military veterans, who have acquired problem-solving and leadership skills during their service, as well as programs to hire their spouses, are expanding. More

Manufacturing Workforce Certifications Will Help to Close the Skills Gap

Chris Hobbs, Manager of Technical Training, Advanced Technology Services (ATS) (Workforce Q4 2017)

Promoting the pursuit of in-demand manufacturing certifications will result in a win-win situation for both the manufacturer and the community in which it chooses to locate. More

Skilled Talent and a Collaborative Environment Give Canada a Competitive Edge

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Location Canada 2017)

Its highly educated and diverse population, along with policies geared toward attracting the best and brightest talent, has made Canada essential to technology companies’ growth plans. More

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q3 2017)

Supply chain mapping, data on autonomous fleets, and low-cost renewable energy can all be found in Iowa…surprised? You shouldn’t be. More

Women in Manufacturing: Closing the Gap

Noelle Salerno, Consultant, Avalanche Consulting and Jennifer Vernon, Consultant, Avalanche Consulting (Q3 2017)

The manufacturing industry is recruiting and advancing women to close the talent gap. More

Front Line: A New Focus on Apprenticeship Programs

Tom Gresham (Q3 2017)

Apprenticeships have entered the spotlight as a promising solution to the shortage of skilled workers, especially for manufacturers. More

First Person: Education and Perception Struggle to Keep Up with Modern Manufacturing

Dr. David B. Williams, Dean, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University (Q3 2017)

As new manufacturing processes and technologies come on board at an increasing rate, educational institutions must provide manufacturers with the prepared work force they need; parents may also need to rethink their perceptions of manufacturing of what a manufacturing career is and is not. More

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

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

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. More

Silver Tsunami Washing Over the U.S. Workforce

Dave Claborn , Staff Editor, Area Development; Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Workforce Q2 2017)

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. More

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