U.S. senators are taking action to strengthen the nation’s manufacturing competitiveness with the bipartisan Revitalize American Innovation Act of 2013, which is intended to support and expand on the Obama administration’s proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and accelerate the creation of high-tech manufacturing jobs.
Cities and states constantly compete with each other to attract large manufacturing businesses and convince them to set up operations in their communities. While many still lure them with tax and other financial incentives, according to the Small Business Association (SBA), there is a growing trend toward building long-term, local entrepreneurial ecosystems and supply chains of small businesses that will naturally draw larger companies to the region. Read more
What to do with contaminated land sites is a thorny problem. It is difficult and expensive to clean up to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) exacting specifications. And nobody wants to risk lawsuits for missing an iota here or there, so they sit there, unused and unusable.
But the one agency that isn’t afraid of being sued is implementing plans to use thousands of contaminated sites across the country: the EPA. As part of a project named RE-Powering America’s Land, the agency is working to locate thousands of renewable energy installations on otherwise unusable land. Read more