Creating jobs is the big challenge of 2012 – Crain’s Chicago Business (blog)

by admin on February 9, 2012

By Mark E. Goodman

Creating jobs is a major initiative in 2012.

On a CAN-TV Hotline show, I recently talked to Harry Moser, who heads up the Reshoring Initiative. Harry is a proponent of bringing jobs that have been taken offshore back to the U.S. He talks about the opportunity to bring back up to 3 million manufacturing jobs, and asserts that each manufacturing job creates almost two additional jobs.

Another path to more jobs is the creation of scientific research parks. The Midwest is the nation’s second-largest pharmaceutical hub. Chicago is home to six schools of medicine and more than 30 teaching hospitals. According to a study done by the Battelle Technology Partnership, each job in a research park creates on average 2.57 additional jobs.

I talked to Michael Rosen of the Illinois Science and Technology Park about creating an invention community. Michael notes that a robust science park provides a full spectrum of companies from research to commercialization. Additionally, robust companies work together to ensure further success.


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