Archive for January 22nd, 2013
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Although U.S. government budgets appear to be improving, manufacturers may soon find themselves struggling to land government contracts, as upcoming budget battles are poised to hinder economic health unless they are quickly resolved.’s Michael Keating sheds light on how deficit-ceiling combat in Congress could hog-tie the government market in his latest Expert’s Corner. Read more

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Industrial companies of all sizes are confronting massive volumes of data – financial transactions, logistics stats, RFID and bar-code data, images, web analytics, social media streams, machine data, sensor readouts – all streaming in at high velocity and in a dizzying variety of formats. This “big data” concept has emerged in recent years as an important new decision-making tool for manufacturers. Read more

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Like most Americans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has the state of the U.S. economy on its mind. The organization recently issued its 2013 “American Jobs and Growth Agenda,” a plan to stimulate the economy and lower unemployment through a series of key policy measures – some of which are likely to stir debate. Read more


In Red Ink, author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist David Wessel explores the fiercely debated but often misunderstood federal budget, taking an in-depth look at the many political and economic interests that guide government budget processes. Read more


Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio are leading the U.S. in building green manufacturing economies.

The economy is on everyone’s mind. What to do about it, however, probably depends on which way you lean politically. While the Chamber of Commerce, a conservative lobbyist group for American businesses, recently released a plan of action for the economy that includes a no-holds barred approach to developing the domestic fossil fuel industry, the solutions are very different in environmental circles.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, is proposing its own solutions. Its new Clean Energy Economic Development Series highlights the successful road map for three states that have implemented it: Ohio, Iowa and Colorado. These road maps are a mix of policy and economic development actions designed to stimulate demand for clean energy products and services; seed innovation in clean energy; and recruit and support new companies and the jobs they bring. Read more


There is a manufacturing workforce challenge in America.

There are vacant jobs that can’t be filled, and plenty of pundits have spent time talking about how the resurgence of manufacturing in America is in jeopardy. It’s easy to talk about a problem without truly presenting solutions on how to keep a downfall from happening.
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STEM occupations generate the technological changes that shape all other occupations, and the outlook for such jobs is encouragingly positive. Here’s a birds-eye view of the growing demand for STEM careers. Read more

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