by Angela Conte of the Axis4 Group, November 22, 2013
With the economy picking up and construction getting back on track, exciting things are starting to happen.. Here are some of my favorite statistics, trends and some ideas brewing at Axis4 Group
NATIONAL INDUSTRY MOVEMENTS:
Top US States for Doing Business in 2013, according to Area Development online, Read more at: http://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
The States Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence,
Area Development Online at: http://www.areadevelopment.com/RegionalReports
America’s Top 10 Engineering Capitals, from Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2013/07/31/americas-engineering-centers
- San Jose, CA
- Houston, TX
- Wichita, KS
- Dayton, OH
- San Diego, CA
- Greenville, SC
- Albuquerque, NM
- Boston, MA
- Bakersfield, CA
- Denver, CO
INDUSTRY EXPANSIONS AND MARKET SHIFTS:
- Additive Manufacturing, (AM) also known as 3D printing. A rising star in manufacturing is moving from prototype production to end use production. Unfortunately it is starting to lose ground in the US to overseas rapid expansion in the new technology.
- Out sourced jobs returning to American shores. Primarily due to rising labor costs overseas and poor quality manufacturing, traditional off shoring sites are returning production to America. This is showing in the automotive industry and other robotic and automation manufacturing industries where quality of work and worker training is necessary to compete.
- Life science industries are moving from chemistry(*pharmacology) to biotechnology (multiple product developments that include any new solution for better health, food production and medical devices). With biotech expanding primarily in and around higher education centers where top skilled and trained people can be found.
- Environmental Molecular Diagnostics (EMDs) and Bioremediation. EMDs are biochemical microbes used to measure levels of site contamination and degradation using DNA. These biomarkers are new supplements to traditional site analysis for understanding ongoing site contamination, degradation and remediation problems that might develop after the sites been cleaned. Site specific Bioremediation treatments such as oxygen or other natural microbial food sources can then be applied to completely destroy any future stages of embedded contaminants. This means much more opportunity for retrofitting sites and urban renewal.
- Business Infrastructure Development, such as:
- Information and communications trends that allow higher speeds and tech accessibility in: internet, software, wireless technology, fiber optics and telecommunication industries that will need more localized data centers and shared services facilities.
- Transportation and rail shipping. This includes getting passengers on board and out of their cars, off the roads and out-of-the-way of business transport. And all this rapid transit will require development in and around station stops.
- Higher quality training and STEM educational programs: With a focus on localized community and technical college programs.
- Innovation on the forefront of Green energy technologies such as new battery and energy storage solutions; national bulk-buying and bundling packages to lower energy expenses and the hundreds of sustainable and non fossil fuel based alternative energy sources and technologies. It all leads to better more efficient development for our communities and the economy. View dozens of new technologies at: http://www.pinterest.com/axis4group/sustainable-building-and-green-technologies/
Note: The mass expiration of pharmacology patents is creating a negative impact on the industry’s income potential on many levels, but adding to this are problems in Washington, which is leaving a large opening to other countries who are more willing to invest in research.
WORKPLACE PLANNING AND HIVE TECH LIVING ENVIRONMENTS:
With all the new activity happening in business thee are great prospects for Axis4 Group projects and their development. At A4G its not just about building traditional mixed use real estate developments but also being focused on what is the future of urban design such as green and sustainable, mixed-use, mixed-income, live/work and workforce housing that we call Hive Tech Living Environment, (You can get more info on HTLE at:http://www.axis4group.com/#!properties/ctzx )
They include: Residents, offices, retail, hospitality and cultural centers all within a walk-able healthy green environment at the center of business and technology sectors. I look for locations that have, (or are planning to have), optimal public transportation systems and alternative energy sources that allow for retrofitting existing properties or building new ones. By partnering with start-ups, local area businesses, and large relocating companies we can build to suit for the needs of partner’s businesses and their employees. This means moving more rapidly into the future of home based workforces and saving on time, cost and the environmental hazards of commuting. This saves money for businesses that will have to only build minimal shared office space for group activities and office based tech resources. This allows workers the freedom to work from home or walk into the office depending on their needs and work styles. Another benefit to developing Hive Tech Living Environments is larger employers can offer these affordable housing options to their employees as a benefit to joining their teams. Businesses can partner in the development then bring in an outside management company to run the facilities while receiving a financial return on ownership of the property as a held investment while securing efficient productive affordable housing for their workforce at the same time. It’s a great win/win situation for everyone.
Business incubators and business clustering centers are popping up all around the country. Two of our favorites are the RocketSpace Corporate Innovation Program in San Francisco, http://rocket-space.com/ and Galvanize in Denver http://galvanize.it/. RocketSpace says, “We believe that you’re a product of your environment: so RocketSpace surrounds its members with a perfect ecosystem of resources that they need to grow including unique access to corporate brands, venture capital, partnerships, speakers, mentoring, and talent”; and this is on top of the full cadre of tech resources the independent and small company could want to keep their workforce operating, organized and a part of the larger community. At Galvanize, they say they are: “…creating an “innovation ecosystem” designed to give entrepreneurs and innovators the best chance of success at the start of their next (or first) big thing.” They too offer access to office based resources, capital funds, community events, courses and lectures. This kind of business support system is the kind of environment I envisioned for public spaces in our HTLE, but a bit more casual so anyone can grab something to eat or drink at one of our hospitality or retail outlets, get some fresh air or just hangout. *(1)Research shows that people are actually more productive and get more work done in these types of creative and inspiring work environments that allow for more work freedom and personal autonomy.
The thing is, I believe that if people love what they do, then they will want to do it all the time and these are the kinds of people I’m building Hive Tech Living Environments for, people who: Love what they do; need private space to work in and community space to stay connected with other people in; also, somewhere to unwind and get some exercise on the fly or catch a show without having to drive all over town or miss a work deadline. And I believe by combining what people really want today with the benefit of cost cutting for partners, I’m creating a healthier more vibrant and sustainable community to live and work in for everyone.
- New Study: Increase Productivity by Working from Home, http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/new-study-increase-productivity-by-working-from-home/#sthash.r1iNwbpk.dpuf
- Working from home increases productivity, http://phys.org/news/2013-10-home-productivity.html
- The New York Times Sunday Editorial, Location, Location, Location, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/opinion/sunday/working-from-home-vs-the-office.html?_r=0
- Evolving Work Place Productivity, http://99u.com/articles/7004/evolving-workplace-productivity-5-workstyle-tips-from-start-ups
- Eight Tactics to Increase Millennial Productivity, http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2013/09/20/eight-tactics-to-increase-millennial-productivity-in-the-workplace/