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Skilled Labor / STEM

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

Innovation Is Changing Companies’ Locational Needs

Cassie Branum, Senior Urban Designer, Senior Associate , Perkins+Will (Q2 2017)

In the field of manufacturing, a domino sequence is changing the locational needs of companies. What does this mean for decision-makers and what criteria should be used for evaluating the next wave of sites and facilities? More

Thinking Local: How to Find Manufacturing Talent

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q2 2017)

The best answer to the skills-shortage question is that it depends on where you’re located, the positions you’re looking to fill - and perhaps most importantly, the compensation you’re willing to offer. 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

Editor's Note: Will Corporate Optimism Be Sustained?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

How the new administration addresses the issues of immigration and workforce training, as well as trade agreements, offshoring, and other concerns remains to be seen, but it will ultimately affect the sustainability of corporate optimism, plans for growth, and business competitiveness. 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

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

Dan Emerson (Q1 2017)

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem. More

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment. More

Should “Urbanization” Drive the Location Decision?

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Directory 2017)

Companies have been following the millennial talent pipeline to the urban locales this population cohort prefers, but as this group ages their lifestyle preferences — and your company’s location choices — may change. 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

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

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