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What the “Vanishing Corporation” means for Economic Development

What the “Vanishing Corporation” means for Economic Development

We posted Friday about the write-up we did for the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) on their discussion for improving START-UP NY.  The same conference featured a discussion of Jerry Davis’s work, the Vanishing Corporation.  NYSEDC asked us to produce a summary of the discussion and the issues Davis’s theses raise for economic […]

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The Advanced Fabrics Project:  US’s Emerging Tech-xtile Industry

The Advanced Fabrics Project: US’s Emerging Tech-xtile Industry

According to a recent New York Times article, the textile industry is about to join the “Internet of things,” with huge implications for all manner of enterprises: This latest initiative, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, is intended to create a national network of research and development, design and manufacturing capabilities for the new fabrics. The […]

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EdTech on Making Maker Spaces Work

EdTech on Making Maker Spaces Work

In a recent issue of EdTech, Melissa Delaney outlined some useful lessons for successful maker spaces: Partner with other programs and groups. Borrow high-tech tools from engineering or broadcasting facilities on campus, suggests Steven Bell, associate university librarian at Temple University. Interact with makerspaces in your area, advises Tom Armstrong, who runs the Whale Lab […]

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The Manufacturing Skills Gap Might Actually be a Wage Gap

The Manufacturing Skills Gap Might Actually be a Wage Gap

We’ve commented on this before.  The inability of manufacturers to attract sufficient skilled workers may relate to that sector’s inability to pay an adequate wage.  According to a recent New York Times report, new study supports that notion: . . . .[While] the typical production job in the manufacturing sector paid more than the private […]

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Why Does the US have a manufacturing skills gap?

Why Does the US have a manufacturing skills gap?

This is something we’ve discussed previously.  The Wall Street Journal has yet another piece lamenting the skills gap in manufacturing and our society’s inability to address it: The Obama administration and governors from Michigan to North Carolina have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s woes: German-style apprenticeship programs. But their success is […]

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A Major Revival in US Productivity?

A Major Revival in US Productivity?

Robert Gordon and others to the contrary, the Economist‘s Free Exchange blogger thinks machine learning technology may finally trigger a significant boom in US productivity: Initial gains from IT were simply too small to affect productivity statistics, because the affected part of the economy was simply too small. When the contribution became large enough to […]

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