From the September Issue


IAMC Insider

IAMC Chair Scott Cameron discusses the power of an ESG protocol, and proponents make a case for ally-shoring.

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo

Photo courtesy of EDA

The U.S. Economic Development Administration yesterday announced the list of the 509 applications submitted for the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge, one of EDA’s six American Rescue Plan programs and its signature workforce development initiative. EDA anticipates announcing approximately 25 to 50 awards in summer 2022 and providing related technical assistance opportunities to further this work among grantees. “Applications were submitted from a diverse range of workforce development programs and demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting underserved communities and groups with barriers to employment,” wrote U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo in a letter to applicants. “They reflect the importance of creating interconnected workforce systems that enable access to in-demand skills training and connections to employers that lead to good-paying jobs.”

Project names range from general titles such as the Washington Jobs Initiative from the WTIA Workforce Institute in Washington State; the Georgia’s Pipeline to Good Jobs program from the Technical College System of Georgia; and Train Up New York from JobsFirstNYC to more focused projects such as a fiber technician program in Bluefield, West Virginia; the South Carolina Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Partnership from South Carolina State University; and the SEMI Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN), a Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship program for the microelectronics industry from the SEMI Foundation in California.

Analysis of the full list reveals these top states for applications:

State No. of Applications
California 40
Texas 37
New York 30
Florida 22
Illinois 19
Pennsylvania 18
Georgia 16
Maryland 16
Minnesota 16
Ohio 16
Virginia 16
Tennessee 15


Built for the Long Haul

Oregon’s economy outperforms competitors in key metrics.

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From the September Issue


Looking Back, Moving Forward

Oregon Governor Kate Brown looks back on an era of change and progress.

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As if the $3 billion new steel plant that U.S. Steel broke ground for in Osceola earlier this month weren’t enough good news, the city this week welcomed news from Corona, California–based Envirotech Vehicles that it would construct a new $80 million, 800-job manufacturing facility in Osceola to make its zero-emission, purpose-built electric vehicles. “We are thrilled to announce that we have chosen Osceola as the home of our first U.S.-based manufacturing facility, backed with the support of the Great River Economic Development Foundation and the state of Arkansas,” said Phillip Oldridge, CEO of Envirotech Vehicles, in a company release. “We are confident that Osceola has the perfect business climate and local workforce to allow us to see growth and success in the region as the state’s first commercial electric vehicle manufacturer. This, and the plant’s location near the Mississippi River with access to the port of Osceola, will be vital as we position EVT to bring new innovation and technology advancements to the state.” The company said it purchased the facility from the city of Osceola and intends to initially utilize the plant to handle the final outfitting and shipment of its imported vehicles while simultaneously converting the plant into a full manufacturing operation. EVT is currently manufacturing and delivering three products to customers: Electric Urban Trucks, Electric Logistics Vans and Electric Cutaway Vans.

Source: Conway Analytics


Siemens Healthineers announced this week it will invest about €60 million through 2025 to expand and upgrade its location at Kemnath in Bavaria, where it will create up to 50 new jobs. “The investment will ensure that the strong demand for medical technology products can continue to be met with no impact on quality,” the company stated. “Radiotherapy devices from Varian — linear accelerators — will also be manufactured at the location in the future.” The company also will construct a new administration building for around 130 employees that will include a new training workshop and reception area, and the existing 3D printing Center of Competence will be expanded to cover more space and more devices. The Kemnath plant in the Oberpfalz region was established in 1962. “It has grown since then from a purely contract-based manufacturer to a Center of Competence for mechatronics that covers large parts of the Siemens Healthineers product range,” the company said. “Siemens Healthineers currently employs a workforce of more than 1,200 at the location. It recently invested €13 million in a new logistics facility that began operations in January of this year.”

Source: Conway Analytics




As Skills Gap Widens, Employers Just Add Water

Head south to Tampa Bay, say execs at growing financial services firms.

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Image courtesy of Anderson Economic Group

This “geobubble” estimates the impact of lost wages due to the trade disruptions in Sarnia and Windsor, Ontario, associated with the “Freedom Convoy” protests. It comes from Anderson Economic Group, whose updated analysis issued February 14 includes lost direct wages for Michigan, lost direct wages in Ontario, and some lost direct wages in Kentucky, Ohio, and Alabama. The group found there were lost direct wages of $144.9 million (mostly in Michigan and Ontario) and losses to automakers — including GM, Ford, Chrysler (Stellantis), Honda, and Toyota — of $155 million.

“Within hours of the trade disruption at the Ambassador and Blue Water bridges, we observed shortages and then slowdowns at assembly plants,” said Patrick Anderson, Anderson Economic Group’s principal and CEO. “Only some of that lost production can be made up given the tightness of the auto industry’s supply chain right now, so these are real losses to the men and women working in this industry.” The group used a methodology similar to the one it used during the UAW-GM strike in 2019.


Photo courtesy of Sam Fentress for Clayco

This photo shows Fulton East, a 12-story, 90,000-sq.-ft. health and wellness-focused design center, office and retail building in downtown Chicago that recently earned the WELL Health-Safety rating from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The building was developed by Parkside Realty. According to a release from Clayco, global asset manager Calamos Investments, based in Naperville, Illinois, signed a multiyear lease for two full floors at Fulton East to expand its office space downtown. The firm plans to move into the new space in spring 2022. “Global flooring manufacturer Tarkett will also move to Fulton East in spring 2022, relocating its showroom, offices and design center from Merchandise Mart (theMART),” said Clayco.

Launched by the IWBI in June 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party certification of best practices in building operation and management for mitigation of COVID-19 and improving overall building wellness.