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Sep 18, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

In Demand: Aerospace, Energy Firms Working to Fill Engineering Talent Gap

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Two of the nation’s fastest growing industries – aerospace and aviation and oil and gas production – are struggling to find engineers to fill the their rising number of jobs. What can they do to attract and build talent for the future?

Sep 12, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Affordability, Local Support Attract Aspiring Entrepreneurs


Affordability and local support are drawing young entrepreneurs to mid-sized cities miles away from Silicon Valley.

Sep 10, 2014
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Exports: Global Markets Bolster MSA Economies

Port Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, TX

Exports as a driver of economic growth at the state level is well documented, and as newly released figures from the U.S. International Trade Administration show, overseas markets are playing a more prominent role in the economies of the nation’s metropolitan areas. MSAs continue to be “critical drivers of the nation’s export economy,” the ITA  notes in its […]

Sep 4, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

The Robotics Revolution: How Automation Is Transforming Workforce Roles

Manufacturing: Industrial adapter rack worker

The use of robotic technologies are rising, especially on the factory floor. What will this mean for production workers?

Sep 3, 2014
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

No Yarn: U.S. Textile Industry Spins Modest Comeback

Industry: Manufacturing worker sewing airline seat cushions

After years of decline, U.S. textile industry output has been growing since 2009. Shipment values reached $54 billion in 2012, the Congressional Research Office reported, a 1 percent increase over 2011. The U.S. International Trade Administration says textile exports totaled $17.1 billion in 2012, ranking the U.S. fourth behind China, India and Germany. U.S. textile industry exports rose 12 percent alone between 2010 and 2012.

Aug 28, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Young Professionals Flock to Affordable, Vibrant Cities


Jobs, economic diversity, affordability and culture characterize cities that are attracting young professionals.

Aug 26, 2014
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Best States for Entrepreneurs: Surprises, Fast Movers

Science & Technology: Innovative IT physics molecular simulation

Kentucky has taken a number of steps to encourage entrepreneurship. The state added to its arsenal of resources such as the Commonwealth Seed Capital Fund when the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development created the Office of Entrepreneurship in 2013 to enhance the state’s existing efforts to provide additional guidance and support to startups and existing small businesses.