The workers and the asphalting machines

The Secret Life of Roads – and the Future of U.S. Jobs

At the end of his four-year apprenticeship, Allen Miller will hold a journeyman’s license in industrial maintenance, an associate’s degree from nearby Germanna Community College, and a certificate in “asphalt technology” issued by the Virginia Asphalt Association. He might be the model for the kind of worker the U.S. economy needs more of to succeed.

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Men work on the old factory for the installation

A Shortage of Skilled Workers Threatens Manufacturing’s Rebound

U.S. manufacturers will create more than 3 million job openings over the next decade – but two million of these future jobs could go unfilled. "If we’re not able to ensure a skilled workforce and a steady supply of skilled workers for manufacturers in this country, then [companies will] either go out of business or be forced to look elsewhere." - Gardner Carrick of the Manufacturing Institute

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Michele's Granola

This Tiny Program Helps Small Manufacturers Grow

The secret to the success of Michele's Granola is more than a great product. Also instrumental was a little-known, decades-old government initiative – the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program – aimed at helping small and medium-sized manufacturers grow.

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Computer crime concept

The International Business of Cybercrime

The scope and speed of cyber attacks show just how interconnected and fragile the infrastructure of global commerce is. It's a vulnerability that criminals are all too eager to exploit: cybercrime is a booming international business.

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America's Colleges are the World's Top Exporters

International Diploma-cy

Higher education is fast becoming one of the world’s leading “exports.” Many people may not think of education as an “export,” but when an international student comes to the United States, for example, the monies spent on tuition, fees and living expenses are considered “exports” of education services.

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Blue autonomous hybrid truck driving on highway

How America Keeps on Trucking

On October 20, 2016, a shipment of 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after traveling 120 miles across the state on I-25 from the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins. Driverless trucks will someday revolutionize shipping, with the potential to lower costs and improve safety. But what will happen to trucking jobs?

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where companies choose to locate production map

Where To Be Or Not To Be: How Companies Answer That Question

Shortly after his election in November, President-elect Donald Trump announced he made good on one of the promises of his campaign – to save jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana that had been slated to move to Mexico. Trump’s announcement was great news for the Carrier employees who are keeping their jobs but it also perpetuates some misconceptions about where companies choose to locate and why and what it takes to bring back jobs to the United States.

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Lawnmower

Skirts on Lawnmowers and Other “Non-Tariff” Barriers to Trade

Countries often use a variety of tactics to give their home-grown companies a leg up over foreign competitors, like requiring "skirts" on lawnmowers of competitors. These are non-tariff barriers.

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Politician

What Politicians Get Wrong About U.S. Manufacturing

Politicians critical of trade and globalization often point to the decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs as proof positive of America’s dwindling economic might.

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Young woman working with liquids in glassware

Maryland’s Plan to Hatch Foreign Investment

On the third floor of a nondescript office building in a busy commercial strip in College Park, Maryland, foreign-owned start-ups can get a boost at the Maryland International Incubator

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