Solar energy is growing by leaps and bounds. “It took us more than 40 years to get to a million [solar installations], and our data tells us that it will take only two years to get to two million,” says Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications for Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “So we are really growing at a warp speed in the solar industry.”
Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota is the voice of Minnesota’s construction industry. “We try to promote the construction industry in any way we can,” says AGC of Minnesota CEO Dave Semerad. “We try to make Minnesota a good business environment for contractors. Our members are committed to improving the industry and their communities.”
In the mid-1800s Oregon Fever erupted throughout the country, bringing waves of settlers to take advantage of free land and the promise of a better life in the Pacific Northwest. A severe depression in the Midwest – combined with a deluge of positive propaganda from missionaries, traders, and the government – pushed thousands to make the harrowing, 2,000 mile journey from Missouri to Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley via the famous Oregon Trail…
When John S. Larke landed on the shores of Australia in 1895, the land was still six years away from becoming a federation, when six independent British colonies would band together to become states of a new nation. Although the first fleet of settlers had arrived just over a century prior, in 1788, Australia soon became known for its natural beauty and many resources.
In Canada and the U.S., many cities are suffering economic hardships and increasing unemployment due to business downsizing and closure, declining populations, and a depleted tax base which could ultimately lead to community deterioration on a social, economic and aesthetic level. Although tourism remains strong in the Rocky Mountains and in major cosmopolitan centres, tourism offers a wealth of opportunities for smaller communities to realize economic development, offsetting job losses in traditional sectors.
Once again, the world finds itself watching the United States, interested in how it will proceed, knowing that the country’s decisions could have an astounding impact on world markets in the days to come.
With 1.8 percent GDP growth, Canada was one of the ten best countries in which to do business in 2013, according to a recent issue of Forbes Magazine. Doing business in a globally competitive world requires a constant refinement of strategies, initiatives and programs to ensure that we remain in the forefront as a nation – and that we’re on the leading edge of continued economic growth and prosperity.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has its hands full. The member driven association represents over 350,000 small business owners across the United States, promoting their interests at the state and national level.
Massive flooding can often have a devastating impact on the economy of a region and the livelihood of its people. Loss of human life, property damage, destruction of crops, loss of livestock, non-functioning infrastructure facilities, and the possibility of waterborne diseases are just some of the ways a flood can impact upon a community.
In the 2013 federal budget, as well as the 2013 Economic Action Plan, the Canadian government placed a large emphasis on the skilled trades and efficiency in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin to ensure the sustainability of the industry and maintain the many economic and social benefits of a strong economy.