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2021 has been a year of recovery, particularly for food production, aerospace and automotive, our themes for this issue. Companies across the country have retooled their supply chains, changed the way they manufacture and used technology creatively to tie it all together. In this issue, we'll share insights into the ways industries have pivoted to adapt to a new way of doing business. We'll also look at six states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, and South Carolina -- and learn where they're innovating for the new economy. Read more...

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The Visalia Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit focused on supporting Visalia Industrial Park (VIP) businesses. We help to develop training programs, connect employers for mutual benefit, share ideas and successes. Location, available labor and affordable homes and land make the VIP ideal from a business perspective. The VEDC helps make Visalia ideal as we create community. ....Read more
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Light Manufacturing Provides a Heavy Lift for Economic Development
Light manufacturing’s impact throughout the U.S. is anything but featherweight. To attract and retain businesses in light manufacturing, communities are offering workforce programs and promoting advantages such as easy logistics, proximity to raw materials and markets, Opportunity Zone designation and more. See what’s happening around the country. Read more...
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