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Chicago, Detroit Picked to Host Manufacturing Tech Hubs

Mary Jander, Managing Editor, Future Cities
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 08:00 EST

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/3/2014 3:21:16 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Lightweight Metals
Toby, that indeed will be a great turn of events! Thanks for the post!

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/3/2014 3:18:38 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Hubs
Is your friend in the Woodbridge neighborhood? What is the name or area he is located in? It is interesting he must have the cooperation of the police. Does he invest in private security?

bulk
bulk  
3/3/2014 12:45:25 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hubs
@Mary, it really has worked out for him well, I have to admit I didnt think it was going to when he first made the move, but he proved me and a lot of others wrong. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/3/2014 12:30:44 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Hubs
Very interesting, @bulk. Seems your friend created something that really suited him despite the odds. I admire that kind of initiative and creativity.

Toby
Toby  
3/3/2014 8:07:23 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Lightweight Metals
Mary,  It is certainly true that innovation in lighter metals would be valuable. One place I can think of is in Bicycle manufacture. Imagine if Detroit became a world hub of bicycle making after half a century of automobile making....what a great turn around story! From Motor City to Pedal city.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
3/1/2014 1:50:13 PM
User Rank Blogger
Hubs
Yeah, the comparison is crazy considering the USAs input into technology and its global influence. These new hubs, on shear numbers are surely destined to succeed if they are managed resiliently.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
3/1/2014 1:46:52 PM
User Rank Blogger
jobs
Great, sorry I think I overlooked the obvious here!! As you say thats going to be the benefit, jobs. Lets hope it becomes more sustainable than the auto industry, which I am sure it will be.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
2/28/2014 1:08:15 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Makerspace? Tech buses?
I agree it's really cool to learn of these initiatives (many of which FC introduces me to). So many clever and committed people taking a run at big problems - it's heartening. 

My cynical side hopes that the really big projects - like those fomented at the federal level - don't turn out to be big money sucks. A federal project has the advantage of blanketing a large region with potential positive outcomes - whereas all these small projects are inspirational but fragmented. Yet the large-scale projects are so big that pockets of corruption or misuse can develop unchecked. Harder to do that with a small, lean effort. 

 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/28/2014 10:06:30 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Tech Hubs
I do think educators and trainors are learning to aligning themselves better with workforce wants and needs. I've directly seen more of this collaboration. When it's done strategically, there are lots of funding opportunities, too - private and public.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/28/2014 9:41:27 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Tech Hubs
Absolutely....and we've seen the same thing happen in healthcare and in other sectors. I had involvement in a local technical college, where US Dept. of labor grants funded training ahead of electronic medical record implementation - and that has worked very well. Not to overuse a management buzzword - proactive - but that's what really needs to happen.

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