Monthly Archives: January 2018

Are You Ready for Foxconn?

I had an interesting week travelling the state and engaging business leaders from many different regions. Almost everywhere I went people wanted to talk about Foxconn and its effect on their community. Now, I don’t have any inside information, but it’s very clear that this new industry will have far-reaching effects on Wisconsin and everyone […]

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Transforming Wisconsin

I’m frustrated. Wisconsin faces an economic transformation with many promising opportunities. Still, many of our business leaders remain locked-in on outdated workforce approaches that fail to recognize the changes taking place. We are on the threshold of the most significant transformation our generation has seen, but moving much too slowly to take advantage of it. […]

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Ready for Takeoff!

One of the best parts of my job is being a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is responsible for standardizing measurements across the economy and constantly looking into the future to anticipate ways the world will change. They engage over 2,000 of the world’s best scientists to bring the […]

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The Clock is Running

The Body Gap appears again! I caught up on reading during the New Year’s weekend and came across a Wall Street Journal article that highlighted wage growth in four cities across the country. It showed how the front edge of the Body Gap – the demographic-induced worker shortage – is beginning to affect wages. The […]

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Reflecting Forward

The time between the holidays is always a good time for me to pause and reflect. This year my reflections turned from the past to the future. Looking forward, I grew more and more excited about the possibilities for 2018. It’s a terrific time to be a manufacturer – especially in Wisconsin. Industry trends have […]

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