There are some heady issues facing American industry today and they have a great influence on site selection and expansion. This September-October 2013 issue of Trade & Industry Development addresses them head-on. We delve into the heart of the manufacturing industry, providing answers to questions such as, is there a difference anymore between traditional industrial and advanced manufacturing? What does that mean for future economic development? Our Feature on that topic provides insightful answers.
We also address the “thorn in the side” of manufacturers — the shortage of skilled labor that is holding back a true revitalization of manufacturing in the U.S. — in two columns, Sites & Programs and Insights, that provide leads to sources that may remediate the situation.
Another hot topic we tackle that demands remediation is the nation’s energy sources, as major changes have been shifting the dynamic and presenting new opportunities for development. Our co-authors tell us what seems like a dark cloud for both the operator and the community decommissioning underperforming, aging power generation assets can have a very bright silver lining. Often, these power plants are located on sites that, if properly remediated, are the real estate equivalent of a treasure chest for other industrial operations.
But it doesn’t end there. This issue will also bring you up-to-date on how to make the most of foreign-trade zones and introduce you to some of the most prominent designated sites in the U.S.
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