Conexus Indiana INDOT Report: Indiana Department of Transportation Rail Office and Aviation Office by Robert Zier, Director of Mulit-Modal, INDOT.
Boiling Point: This September 2011 study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting found that manufacturing companies identified a high-skilled and flexible workforce as the most important factor which will propel their company's future business success. The report also found that nationally there are over 600,000 manufacturing jobs that sit unfilled due to lack of qualified applicants.
Made in America Again: This Boston Consulting Group study released in August, 2011, seems to indicate the lack of qualified middle skill workers will continue to grow as it finds that the offshoring Tide is turning back to the United States driven by increases in labor costs abroad, the total cost savings offshore is shrinking while at the same time quality eroding. With U.S. productivity being at the top, it is only a matter of time before a massive shift of jobs could be looking toward Indiana.
Indiana's Forgotten Middle Skill Jobs: The National Skills Coalition 2010 report found that roughly half of Indiana's jobs require middle skill credentials, yet there is a deficit in middle skill workers which will last for another 15 years if nothing is done to turn the tide.
Pathways to Prosperity: This Harvard study shows how the poor academic completion rate of American students exacerbates the middle skill issue. The study also shows how technical education based on clear pathways designed by industry will stem the tide of high school dropouts and increase post-secondary completion.
The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Pest-Recession Economy: This September, 2011, Georgetown University study by Anthony P. Carnevale and Nicole Smith show that, with 27% of Indiana's real GDP, manufacturing is at the heart of the Hoosier economy, making workforce issues even more critical. Carnevale and Smith write, "Trends in hiring for manufacturing jobs have favored skilled workers with postsecondary credentials in recent years, and that will not change. The days when someone could get a well-paying job in manufacturing with relatively few skills upon entry are long gone - and they aren't coming back.
Economic Impacts of Waterborne Shipping on the Indiana Lakeshore: This August 2010 study by Martin Associates was commissioned by the Ports of Indiana to examine and measure the local, regional and state economic impacts generated by maritime activity on Indiana's portion of Lake Michigan's shore. The study looks at the economic impact of Indiana's Great Lake Ports and industrial facilities. The study's economic analysis shows that 104,567 jobs and $14.2 billion of economic activity in Indiana are impacted by waterborne shipping on Indiana's Lakeshore.
A Rail Strategy for Indiana: The goal of this September 2007 Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) report was to improve Indiana's intermodal rail service to the West Coast and develop global trade connections. Indianapolis is strategically located at the crossroads of North America, with 65% of the U.S. population within a day's drive. The large amount of import cargo that comes into Central Indiana by truck results in increased truck flows, and thus increased traffic.