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Skilled Labor / STEM

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

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

First Person: The Indy Region Is Getting Its Story Out

Maureen Donohue Krauss , Chief Economic Development Officer , Indy Chamber (Q2 2018)

The Indy region offers great diversity when it comes to lifestyle and the pillars of the business community. More

Why Top Consulting Firms Are Choosing This Location

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

An educated labor pool, top-notch international airport, and a unified community of governmental and business leaders facilitated the selection of Orlando by several high-profile professional consulting firms. More

Front Line: Construction Industry Faces a Labor Shortage

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

As construction labor market tightens, will project deadlines slip? 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

Manufacturing Jobs: An Economic Driver

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

Although U.S. manufacturing has lost millions of jobs over the last few decades, it still has the highest multiplier effect of any sector, with each manufacturing job generating four elsewhere in the economy. 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

Unemployment Numbers Reflect a Recovering Economy

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

As the U.S. economy has rebounded from the Great Recession and added jobs, unemployment has fallen to record lows in many states, creating worker shortages that need to be addressed. More

Gauging the Long-Term Competitiveness of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Manufacturing Leader, Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte Services LP (Q4 2017)

Although the U.S. ranks highly in terms of its global advanced manufacturing competitiveness, some challenges to this ranking must be addressed. 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

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