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Fox Cities: Can’t Hire Tech Workers Fast Enough

Over the past six months I have had the pleasure of visiting with business-owners of all kinds, and one thing I hear from many of them is they can’t find enough technology workers to meet their needs. These anecdotes gave me a sense of the issue, but today I came upon an article that gives […]

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Made in America

  Manufacturing – Fastest Growing Industry in 2012 A few weeks ago, Time magazine ran a cover story on America’s manufacturing renaissance: Made in the USA is making a comeback. Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years. […]

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Focus on Keeping our Local Businesses Here

I spent two days in Madison with economic development professionals from across the country discussing best practices for Business Retention & Expansion Programs. I am the manager for the FIRE UP Business Retention program that is part of the Appleton Regional Partnership. Studies show that 80% of future job growth comes from companies that are […]

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Fox Cities Businesses want to INCLUDE the LGBT Community

Leaders from the Fox Cities, along with hundreds of local residents, participated  in the kick-off event for INCLUDE. This program brought leaders from business, government, education and the non-profit sectors together to hear directly from young people, parents, adults and others who have felt the pain of discrimination based on sexual preference and gender identity. […]

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Coal Could Be a Fuel of the Future

The US is Poised to Capitalize  America has embarked on an energy revolution that will create millions of jobs, bring more manufacturing to the United States, reduce our reliance on foreign sources, and generate hundreds of billions in revenue and help reduce deficits. It’s an exciting future, and coal can and should play an important […]

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