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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

A Skills-Based Jobs Approach to Fulfilling Workforce Needs

Tom Gresham (Q4 2017)

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

The U.S. Is Serious About Life Sciences

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

The biopharmaceutical and life science industries are recognized as important economic drivers across the nation. 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

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Finding a Quality Workforce

Woody Hydrick, Managing Principal, Global Location Strategies (Workforce Q4 2017)

Employers are paying the price for America’s drug problem in terms of finding a quality workforce, and communities with histories of substance abuse are falling off site selectors’ lists. 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

Tech Firms Find New Opportunity in Emerging Hotspots

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q3 2017)

“Hidden gems” like Sacramento and Albany are winning more industry interest thanks to affordable, talent-rich ecosystems. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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