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Sep 25, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

Growth Gusher: Record Growth Expected Across the Energy Supply Chain

Industry: Natural energy, oil drilling

The domestic energy boom is about to get bigger. A new survey predicts record growth in employment, jobs and revenue for firms throughout the energy supply chain that support oil and gas production.

Sep 24, 2014
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Bill McMeekin All Posts

Livability: College Towns, Talent and Innovation

The University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI

Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin and is also the state capital. Those facts alone help it immensely. Major institutions like that can lead to greater stability for its population and economy, and often help a small to mid-sized city outperform some of its larger counterparts. They bring in talent, research investment, jobs and a fresh influx of new residents.

Sep 18, 2014
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Emily McMackin All Posts

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

Flight Assisted

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.