by RON STARNER Given all the talk about reshoring and the return of manufacturing jobs to the American Heartland, one would think that the rust is wearing off the Rust Belt faster than the Cleveland Browns go through quarterbacks. That would not be entirely true, concluded a panel of experts on the topic. In fact,… Read more »
At least that’s what top site consultants predicted at TrustBelt last week. by RON STARNER Not since Joe Carter hit the game-winning home run that clinched the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays has the capital city of Ontario seen this much love. When asked to predict where Amazon will locate its second… Read more »
Which Midwest Cities Qualify? by Ernie Goss, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Milewski, M.S. After Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters in North America (hereafter Amazon HQ2), a raft of suitors emerged stemming from the potential scale of the project and the expected spillover of economic benefits. For example, New Jersey launched the opening salvo… Read more »
Richard Florida proposes broad remedies in his new thought-provoking book. By RON STARNER Noted economist, author and speaker Richard Florida is no stranger to controversy. When he speaks his mind, as he does often, people tend to react strongly one way or the other, and therefore it’s no surprise that with his new book… Read more »
The last time you went grocery shopping, did you stop to think about the site selection process that went into locating your supermarket of choice? Probably not, but maybe you should have.
“Regardless of what the economics may be, this is going to be a game-changer in terms of putting your name on the global map.” With those words, Silverlode Consulting’s Steve Weitzner put into perspective the impact of Foxconn’s announcement that it will invest $10 billion into creating a 20-million-sq.-ft. advanced electronics manufacturing complex in Southeast Wisconsin.
It probably isn’t a shock to hear this, but the countries of Northeast Asia are really good at building electronics. A leading — and definitely the biggest — firm in the space is Foxconn, a megacorp that has played a central role in products ranging from the BlackBerry to the PlayStation to iEverything.
With all the talk about robots replacing up to 50 percent of American workers in their jobs, most people are losing sight of a key fact, says one of the world’s leading computer scientists. In the future, artificial intelligence will make every human being exponentially more productive.
Peter Zeihan wrote about the coming disintegration of the established world order in two insightful books. Now he’ll talk about it at the Midwest-focused TrustBelt Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, October 22-24, for three days of high-level networking, education and deal-making.
Veteran of Midwest retail says the formula for sustained success begins with listening to the customer.