This is the story of how local economic development officials used Emsi data not to convince Switch to locate a data center in West Michigan, but to help inform legislators and community stakeholders about the impact Switch’s expansion could have on the regional economy.
The Washington State University School of Economic Sciences released a report this week that takes a wide-ranging look at the state’s agricultural activity.
Wal-Mart would love to chip away at Amazon’s online retail dominance, and attracting top-shelf software developer talent—especially coaxing that talent from Amazon—would be a big step toward doing that.
In an effort to better bless our clients, we’ve created customer service teams focused on higher ed, economic and workforce development, and talent acquisition. Read more about the change, and watch a video of our customer service leaders talking about our new approach.
Economic and workforce development organizations are fighting to attract, retain, and grow advanced manufacturing businesses in their areas. If they can prove their talent pipeline, they’ll have a leg up on cultivating businesses that offer competitive wages, positively impact gross regional product, and present a variety of career pathways to employees.
SWOT is an acronym that stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. When applied to industry analysis—in this case using change in location quotient as the key metric—the highly visual SWOT framework allows economic developers and other local practitioners to segment industries into helpful buckets.
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance (SCTWA) served as part of the team that recruited Gruppo Concorde (an Italian tile manufacturer) to Mount Pleasant, Tennessee—resulting in $80 million in capital investment and adding 180 jobs to the rural region. The ability to demonstrate workforce and demographics information, using EMSI data, was key to this process.
This article revisits our 2008 case study about Newton, Iowa, which lost its largest employer that year. Now, spirits are up, and Jasper County (where Newton is located) has surpassed 2008 job counts and is driving unemployment into the ground.
Professionals in workforce development, economic development, and higher education are fighting to make their communities well suited for advanced manufacturing industries. But the definition of advanced manufacturing is often vague and difficult to define at the industry level. What exactly is it?
Through the words of four economic development professionals, “Economic Developers: Prospering Communities” is a 2½-minute video tribute to the work of economic developers throughout the country.