Trade & Industry Development Magazine

September/October 2013
September/October 2013

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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In this issue...

From Corvettes to Gorilla Glass to Hummingbird Nano, see how Kentucky’s thriving ecosystem makes it a natural selection for global investment. more...

Case Study
Michigan: The “Comeback State” is the Nation’s Go-to Place for Business
Traditional Industrial vs. Advanced Manufacturing---Is There a Difference Anymore?
Upcycling Power Plants: Innovative Uses for Obsolete Assets
Access to Foreign-Trade Zones Faster and Easier, Thanks to Recent Federal Regulations
Local Economic Development Organizations Facilitate Workforce Development
America Needs Manufacturing!
U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence? Absolutely, But We'd Better Drive It!
Short List
Development on the Fast Track — The Delight of Designated Sites
Sites & Programs
Superb Workforce Development Programs that are Driving Business Expansion
Utah’s Cluster Strategy Weaves Quality of Collaboration with Quality of Life
Kentucky’s Workforce is Setting High Standards for Advanced Manufacturing
New York State’s World-Class Workforce and Business Initiatives
Florida – The Perfect Climate for Business