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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

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 (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 , 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

Scouting Locations in an Era of Labor Scarcity: 10 Considerations

John Rees, Director of Research, Avalanche Consulting (Workforce Q2 2017)

The tight labor market has made availability of skilled labor a paramount concern for companies looking to expand or open a new facility, but data alone will not help a company identify the community that will best meet its workforce needs. More

Building a Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

Ed Potoczak, Director of Industry Relations, IQMS Manufacturing  (Workforce Q2 2017)

The use of modern recruiting and training techniques, as well as technology to improve knowledge transfer and productivity, will help a manufacturer to build an effective workforce. More

Arkansas’ Thriving Timber Basket

Arkansas EDC  (Q2 2017)

With its healthy forests, modern transportation infrastructure, and an available trained workforce, Arkansas’ timber industry has recently enjoyed a resurgence. More

Arkansas: Creating a Technology Narrative

Arkansas EDC  and Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

With its new coding initiative and other tech-friendly steps, Arkansas is attempting to recruit and retain companies that are focused in computer science and software engineering. More

First Person: Finding and Preparing the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce

Larry E. Fast, Founder & President,  Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence (Q2 2017)

Larry E. Fast, a 35-year veteran of the wire and cable industry and author of The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence: A Lean Leader’s Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, 2nd Edition. In this interview, Fast explains how manufacturing plants can institute a strategy for excellence on the shop floor and why soft skills are as important as hard ones. More

Textile Industry Making a Comeback in the U.S. Southeast

Beth H. Land, Senior Consultant, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Q2 2017)

As the textile industry becomes transformed by technology, companies are considering highly automated, environmentally conscious production facilities in the U.S. Southeast, where the infrastructure necessary for this industry’s success is already in place. More

Workforce Supply and Demand in the Automotive Industry

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q1 2017)

More technology and automation means auto makers require fewer workers (with relatively low labor costs), but their workforce needs are increasingly tech-focused—a trend that’s going to accelerate with the rise of driverless cars and trucks. More

Powerful Economic Development & Business Partners

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2017)

Publicly owned utilities have always been deeply involved in economic development. More

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity (Q1 2017)

Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Workforce Initiatives Attract and Retain Industry

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2017)

Indiana is meeting its workforce challenges, while drawing upon its infrastructure and other strengths to attract business. More

Workforce Workshop: Evaluating a Community’s Labor Pool

Brian Cohen, Partner, Transwestern (Workforce Q4 2016)

The company must identify its needs, canvass local markets, and assess prospective locations’ educational resources before it can make a site decision. More

Location Strategies in the War for Millennial Talent

Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Business Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield and Erica Bubes Ruder, Manager, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield (Workforce Q4 2016)

When it comes to attracting tech-savvy millennials, companies are giving a fresh look to metro areas and downtowns that will give them a competitive edge. More

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

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