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From the September Issue

How to Gain an Edge in the Race for Talent

If you are not spending as much time developing your future workforce as you are engaging your current one, then you are falling behind your competition. That was just one of the key takeaways from the World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment held in early May in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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From the May Issue


Industry Consensus on Sustainability Looks Fragile

As companies face ever more stringent sustainability reporting requirements, big energy users such as data centers are in the firing line, writes Andy Lawrence, executive director of research at Uptime Institute. Plus: top countries, states and metros for data center projects.

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From the September Issue


Baltimore Is Wired for Tech Entrepreneurs

Among them: former Baltimore Ravens lineman Trevor Pryce, Sonavi CEO Ellington West and EcoMap CEO Pava LaPere, whose companies are taking advantage of Baltmore’s “very special energy.”

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Maps courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor announced the selection of the initial cohort of 207 Apprenticeship Ambassadors, chosen to share their experiences and collaborate with the department to champion apprenticeship opportunities. The program, announced by U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in November 2021, brings together industry, labor, education, equity and workforce leaders “to partner with the department’s Office of Apprenticeship to promote Registered Apprenticeships as a valuable workforce strategy in high-demand industries” to develop and expand opportunities for historically underserved people.

Those named have committed to hosting 3,367 outreach and recruitment activities, 892 training session and 717 promotional meetings. They have also pledged to develop 460 new Registered Apprenticeship programs and 387 resources in their first year as ambassadors. The department continues to accept and review applications as we approach the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act on Aug. 16, 2022, and National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14-20, 2022. Two of the named Ambassadors have withdrawn from the program since the announcement, a Department of Labor spokesperson told me. The remainder include a number of state career and technical education offices, community colleges, unions and workforce development programs. They also include prominent employers, among them Robert Bosch, IBM, Zurich North America, Aon Corporation, Google, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft and Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico.

How do they break down by location? Here are the numbers for top jurisdictions by number of Apprenticeship Ambassadors, led by the nation’s capital, which gets to count the vice president, secretary of education and secretary of commerce among its ranks:

Jurisdiction Ambassadors
District of Columbia 16
California 15
Michigan 15
Virginia 11
Illinois 10
Texas 9
Arizona 8
Georgia 8
Maryland 8
Missouri 8
Ohio 8

How do the ambassador numbers align with state leaders when it comes to the nation’s 27,000 registered apprenticeship programs and more than 593,000 apprentices in FY2021? The map above shows FY2021 data on active apprentices by state. The map below shows how many completed their programs in FY2021, with South Carolina standing out for graduating more apprentices than are currently active. — Adam Bruns

Maps courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor




Add EV Production to Mississippi’s Automotive Industry Prowess

Nissan’s $500 million transformation of its plant in Canton heads the list, preserving and upskilling nearly 2,000 of the state’s 15,000-plus jobs at more than 200 automotive-related companies in the state.

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Esri’s ArcGIS technology enables organizations to map out locations in order to enhance site selection and minimize customer drive time.

Images courtesy of Esri

Jack Dangermond, Founder and President, ESRI

The Esri User Conference took place last week in San Diego. Leading off the event was Esri Founder and spatial analysis pioneer Jack Dangermond who spoke on how to literally map out common ground using a geographic approach to issues. Access the full slate of presentation videos from the four-day conference to learn how experts at such organizations as National Geographic, the Jane Goodall Institute, CERN and FEMA put geographic information systems to innovative and transformative uses.


Photo courtesy of Port Houston

This image from Port Houston shows the Bayport container terminal at sunset. But the sun isn’t setting on the port’s container traffic anytime soon. The port reported earlier this week that it just had its biggest June ever for containers (323,823 TEUs) and its year-to-date volume (1,897,065 TEUs) is 18% higher than in 2021. In addition to Bayport, Port Houston operates a container terminal at Barbours Cut, and now has started processing containers at its general cargo terminals in order to handle the volume. “Just like others in our industry, we are looking for creative solutions to get the cargo where it needs to be as efficiently as possible,” said Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther. Those solutions include new Saturday gate hours (nine) implemented in June. Meanwhile, Port Houston is constructing wharves, adding container yard space and awarding new contracts for the $1 billion expansion of the Houston Ship Channel.