CIRAS Digest: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

  • We begin with the most important item: The Des Moines Register notes that the Iowa State University Research Park is looking for developers to build a child-care center, restaurant and other amenities there. This new, high quality and totally affordable place to eat lunch will be next to the $12 million building that is supposed to house ISU’s economic development agencies (including CIRAS) beginning next year.
  • The Register also has an opinion piece in which the head of the Greater Des Moines Partnership comes out in favor of the Iowa Core curriculum as a necessary tool for generating skilled workers.
  • Elsewhere, Gov. Scott Walker has just made Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
  • Quality Magazine says U.S. manufacturing technology orders fell slightly in January as part of a post-holiday letdown. (More accurately, an end-of-year rush by manufacturers to buy machines while they would still qualify for tax rebates.)
  • Industry Week has the latest National Association of Manufacturers survey, and it’s largely an optimistic look at pessimism. That’s to say, most people remain positive that the manufacturing economy will improve in the short term. But that majority is smaller than it was at the end of 2014.
  • The Hartford Business Journal has a piece in which the chief technology officer of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology lauds the benefits of additive manufacturing – including, (and your humble communications director did not know this was possible), as a repair tool. [Think welding without the heat.]
  • And on a related note, there was a piece in The (London) Daily Telegraph over the weekend detailing “Why 3D Printing is set to Revolutionise Manufacturing.” It centers around the notion that Amazon might one day put 3D printers on trucks so they can roam about creating and delivering your miscellaneous gizmo as soon as you order it. The consensus is that won’t work for a while. (And no, the headline is not a typo. That’s how they spell it over there.)
  • Crain’s New York Business has a piece on manufacturers getting crowded out by a booming real estate market in NYC for hotels.

And with that, we’re done for now. Thanks for reading.

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