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Saturday, September 30 2017
Maryland Paves the Way for Manufacturers with the More Jobs for Marylanders Act

Maryland is boosting its efforts to attract new manufacturers to the state, and help its existing manufacturers grow and add jobs, with a new program called More Jobs for Marylanders. The program, which was passed in the 2017 legislative session and took effect June 1, provides tax incentives for new and existing manufacturers to create thousands of jobs, and also has a workforce component designed to improve worker skills. 

Approved by the Maryland General Assembly, More Jobs for Marylanders was the centerpiece of Governor Larry Hogan’s Maryland Jobs Initiative to provide greater support to the state’s manufacturing industry and create jobs in areas of the state where they are most needed. 

“Since day one the focus of our administration has been on restoring Maryland’s economy and putting more people to work. We have already seen incredible success – we have added nearly 111,000 new jobs and lowered unemployment to four percent,” said Governor Hogan.

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Friday, September 29 2017
Iowa Takes an Aggressive Approach to Workforce Needs

State Aims for 70 Percent of Workforce to have Postsecondary Education

Make no mistake, Iowa is a manufacturing state. Unsurprisingly, those manufacturers — like most nationwide — are ringing alarm bells about their rapidly-increasing need for skilled workers. They’re warnings Iowa is taking seriously, and causing the state’s leaders to set ambitious workforce education goals: Iowa needs to add more than 120,000 workers with postsecondary degrees or credentials by 2025.

Manufacturing contributes more to Iowa’s GDP than any other industry. Agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers like CNH Industrial, Deere & Company, Hagie, Kinze and Vermeer employ thousands of Iowans, and a host of smaller manufacturing and component part producers and companies down the supply chain employ thousands more. 

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Friday, September 29 2017
North Dakota Leading in the Nation in Drone Business

North Dakota has long attracted entrepreneurs to the plains. From advancements in farming to oil recovery techniques, new ideas and technology have found a start in the state's fertile landscape. Now, a digital, tech-savvy generation is making its way to the state to connect with expertise and excitement as North Dakota positions itself to become the Silicon Valley of the drone industry. 

“North Dakota is not positioning to become a leader; it already is one,” stated  North Dakota Department of Commerce Aerospace Business Development Manager Brian Opp. “It is the best state to test drones in and has provided more than $43 million to advance UAS technology and applications. Opp points to the fact the state is collaborating with domestic and international organizations to build this emerging industry. “We are becoming the Silicon Valley for Drones,” he added. 

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Friday, September 29 2017
An Accelerating Alabama Takes Steps to Prepare for New Era of Growth

By Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

In economic development, one indicator stands out. It’s simple: where are industry leaders investing their money in new facilities or expansions? In many cases, it’s Alabama.

Recent activity tells a powerful story. In recent months, corporate giants and innovative companies from around the world have selected Alabama as a strategic base in their unfolding growth plans. The roster of blue-chip companies making new investments is long, but here’s a short list: Honda, Walmart, Amazon, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, and Toyota.

All of these industry leaders, and others, have picked Alabama after extensive site-selection searches.

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