Fortunately for Irvine, many of the trends in economic development across the country simply don’t apply. Our work is forward-looking, focused on sustaining our vitality and enhancing our global competitiveness. We leverage our core strengths and assets – rich diversity, strong industry clusters, extraordinary education and R&D environment, our business-friendly environment and a positive reputation and global brand. We seek to make it easier for companies to choose Irvine and do business here.
We know that globalization is an operational and competitive reality. Marv Sepe, Chief Operating Officer with CTC Global and Strategic Planning Task Force Leader for the Chamber’s International Development Committee sees it this way: “Irvine is an international city just by the makeup of its residents and businesses. These residents and companies maintain valuable international contacts and relationships that we can call on to create regional and foreign partnerships as well as foreign distribution channels. Our strength in life sciences, energy, IT and advanced manufacturing are areas where Irvine has tremendously innovative products and services that foreign markets covet.”
Working with our federal trade and export partners and an impressive collaboration with area international-American Chambers, Irvine is harnessing the expertise and talent to compete for more foreign direct investment (FDI), help businesses navigate exporting opportunities, educate on customs and practices in foreign countries and more easily access data, tools and resources that will help small, medium and large companies introduce their products to new foreign markets.
Workforce Development & Alignment
The prestige and innovative reputation of our companies in the life sciences, information technology, digital arts &media, advanced manufacturing and clean energy mark Irvine as a talent attraction magnet.
Knowing how fluid the 21st century skills are, the Chamber and its business and education partners are fully engaged in cultivating a 21st century job market. Initiatives to introduce high school students to a new job opportunities, closing the soft skills gap with online and practical application skills workshops and building out the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) championed by Irvine Valley College are just a few strategies we are employing to assure that Irvine will continue to compete and retain top talent.
This waterfront city in the Sunshine State is poised for robust growth, rich with business opportunities.
Exciting market conditions primed by growth make this the perfect time to consider relocating or expanding to Cape Coral, Florida.
With an average of 335 days of sunshine year-round, a low cost of living and no state income tax, the largest city in Southwest Florida is the only one that can boast that it still has vast land open for development. For corporations with a large employee base, the city offers a diverse range of housing—from high-end luxury to affordable single-family homes to condos—that can accommodate all lifestyles in this subtropical environment.
Here are some facts that executives and site selectors can’t overlook when considering Cape Coral:
If you want to get down to business, the market conditions are right. Contact our Cape Coral Economic Development Office (EDO) for invaluable market demographics, resources and incentives. Why not get started with your new business destination today?
For more information contact Cape Coral Economic Development Office at (239) 574-0444 or (866) 573-3089, by emailing email@example.com or visit our website at www.bizcapecoral.com.
Industry 4.0 is having a profound impact on economic development and the economy as manufacturers race to assess and integrate changing technologies, from robotics and 3D printing to supply chain integration and the internet of things. The Quad Cities, a bi-state region along the border of eastern Iowa and western Illinois, has a long history of manufacturing innovation, with companies like Deere & Company, Alcoa, KONE, HON, and others having significant presence in the region.
Today, the region is proactively supporting the future success of regional manufacturers through a program called the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. The initiative recently received a boost thanks to a $5.5 million grant awarded through a partnership between the Quad Cities Chamber and the University of Illinois. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense, is intended to support economic revitalization in Illinois and the bi-state Quad Cities region affected by reductions in federal military spending.
The announcement of this grant comes just one month after a partnership between the Quad Cities Chamber and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) was finalized to establish a DMDII pilot chapter. This partnership will help Quad Cities’ firms leverage data throughout their manufacturing processes. DMDII is one of seven National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes.
“Through the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, we’re building up resources to ensure this region’s manufacturers have the tools to capitalize on changing technologies and maintain the Quad Cities’ position as a manufacturing center of gravity,” says Paul Rumler, Chief Economic Development Officer, Quad Cities Chamber.
The partnership between the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub and DMDII is connecting Quad Cities’ manufacturers to research and resources from NNMI and allowing firms to quickly test and integrate new technologies into their processes.
“Economic development in the Quad Cities continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of business and industry,” says Rumler. “We’re implementing the region’s industry growth plan by providing manufacturers with aligned resources to ensure they’ll remain globally competitive and on the cutting edge of technology.”
“Our partnership with the Quad Cities is key because the track record of manufacturers in the region sets them up as a geographic cluster where digital manufacturing can take off,” said Dean Bartles, Executive Director of DMDII and Chief Manufacturing Officer of UI LABS. “The whole world looks to the U.S. for digital innovation. As manufacturing becomes much more of an information industry, we’re really poised to win.”