The World Economic Forum has released a report in the future of manufacturing. The nutshell: Talent, the ability to innovate and the strategic use of public policy will play a significant role in defining the manufacturing sector’s competitiveness.
Regional planners in Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois, have compared themselves to eleven other metros in the Midwest. The peer-group metro areas included four in Indiana (Bloomington, Evansville, Lafayette and South Bend), one in Missouri (Columbia), two strictly in Iowa (Iowa City and Dubuque), one strictly in Illinois (Bloomington-Normal) and one straddling Iowa and Illinois (Davenport-Rock Island-Moline).
The Obama Administration has released a National Bioeconomy Blueprint. The report outlines the steps that federal agencies will take to promote commercial development in the life sciences. Read more here.
Brookings has released a new report on the Baltimore economy. The report presents some common problems: the disconnect of education and workforce development; and the need for growing the economy with new, high growth businesses. Beyond diagnosis, there's not much detail on solutions, though.