Sep 10, 2014
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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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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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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

Millenials

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

Aug 26, 2014
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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.

Aug 21, 2014
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The New Entry-Level Job: Today’s Jobs Demand More Experience, Responsibility

An increase in the millennial generation in the workplace will impact how offices are designed

Entry-level jobs are requiring more experience, more responsibility and more soft skills for new hires.

Aug 19, 2014
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Numbers Game: State Business Tax Burdens

State tax climate

Focus is placed on a state’s corporate income tax as the most important state or local tax on businesses, but the corporate income tax accounts for under 10 percent of the total business tax burden, far behind property taxes and the general sales tax.