New York’s High Line Fuels Wave of Urban Renewal Projects

According to a study conducted by Michael Levere, a PhD candidate in economics at UC San Diego, the High Line had a tangible effect on the value of homes located within one-third of a mile of it, leading to a 10% increase in housing prices.

New York’s High Line Fuels Wave of Urban Renewal Projects

Creating opportunity | Smart government

Everything You Think You Know About American Manufacturing Is Wrong. Here’s Why

Chamber Photographer Ian Wagreich has spent the last few years working to capture the mood and movements of the unsung heroes of America’s industrial infrastructure.

Everything You Think You Know About American Manufacturing Is Wrong. Here’s Why

America at work | Creating opportunity

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This Guy Robbed a Pizzeria and Now He’s Suing the Owner for $250,000

Everyone knows that running a business, especially in the food industry, is tough. The hours are long, the demands are high, and every day brings a new challenge. But would you ever think a business like a small pizzeria would have to deal with being sued by the person who tried to rob them? Yeah, that happened. The story appears on FacesofLawsuitAbuse.org, along with many similar tales of bizarre legal battles: Nigel Sykes, who committed armed robbery at a Seasons Pizza restaurant in Delaware, is now attempting to sue the pizzeria, six of its employees, and the two arresting officers for more than $250,000 after allegedly sustaining injuries during his arrest. After “displaying” a gun, Sykes was handed $140 from the cashier. According to his testimony, while leaving the store he was then tackled by employees. Police arrived on scene to arrest Sykes, apparently using stun guns in the process. […]

This Guy Robbed a Pizzeria and Now He’s Suing the Owner for $250,000

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How Data Can Predict the Spread of Ebola, Make More Wine, and Maybe Save Your Life

Nowadays, the term “big data” is tossed around a lot. But what do advances in data science mean for the U.S. economy, and what sort of impact can we expect data to have over the next few years? These are a few of the issues that leading data experts are addressing today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s summit on Data-Driven Innovation, which features such speakers as Qing Wu, a senior economist at Google, and Julie Brill, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. But what effect does data have on your life? Though of course not without limitations, data science is already causing a fundamental reordering of how companies manage operations, target customers, and identify new markets. Data is capable of a whole lot more, however, and it’s useful for people outside of business, too. Researchers are using data to better visualize the prevalence of HIV infections in […]

How Data Can Predict the Spread of Ebola, Make More Wine, and Maybe Save Your Life

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How Long Does It Take to Replace a Bridge? About 24 Hours, Give or Take

When the Iowa Department of Transportation announced in 2011 that it would replace a state-owned bridge near the rural town of Council Bluffs, residents braced for the projected six-month project and the 14-mile traffic detour that would accompany it. Yet a mere 14 days later, a new bridge had already been installed. Though more than 90% faster than initially estimated, the project could have been even shorter, says Bala Sivakumar, the director of special bridge projects at infrastructure solutions firm HNTB Corporation. “We could have compressed that down to a week, but the state left it to two weeks,” Sivakumar says. “They felt that the two weeks was easily manageable for the local community.” Sivakumar effectively served as the mastermind behind not only the Council Bluffs bridge replacement, but also an ever-growing number of additional such projects across the United States. A professional engineer, Sivakumar came to the U.S. from […]

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Bridge? About 24 Hours, Give or Take

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Sports Equipment, With a “Made in Salt Lake City” Label

As we’ve noted time and again, manufacturing is an incredibly important component of the U.S. economy. Manufacturing also serves as an integral part of the local economy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Among the many manufacturers located in the city is Pro-Elite Strength Systems. Family owned and operated, the company designs and manufactures gym and athletic equipment that is then sold to schools, gyms, and other workout facilities. At the heart of the company’s success is John Rowbotham, Pro-Elite’s president. A former college football player, Rowbotham has parlayed his love of sports and fitness to his career, running both the business and manufacturing sides of the business from the company’s headquarters in the Utah city. We visited the company on a recent trip to Salt Lake City and documented how the gym equipment is made.

Sports Equipment, With a “Made in Salt Lake City” Label

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Inspired By Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Deep Space Industries Moves Closer to Goal of Mining Asteroids for Natural Resources

Though space travel used to be dominated solely by the government—and the American and Russian governments, specifically—a growing number of private companies have entered the formerly inaccessible industry over the past decade. Among this new crop of emergent businesses is Deep Space Industries, a space startup whose aim is appropriately out of this world. While the majority of its peers have thus far set their sights on reducing the cost of space travel, Deep Space is more concerned with what happens after the cost of space travel has been brought down to palatable levels, says David Gump, the company’s vice chair. “What Deep Space is focused on is the next step,” Gump explains. “The primary goal of Deep Space is to reduce the cost of operating in space,” Gump says. “It costs $17 million per ton to get anything—propellant, etc.—up into high orbit, and that’s the problem we’re trying to […]

Inspired By Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Deep Space Industries Moves Closer to Goal of Mining Asteroids for Natural Resources

Top Performers | True innovation

4 Apps Designed to Help Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Developed by the nonprofit organization BreastCancer.org, the Breast Cancer Diagnosis Guide is designed to help people newly diagnosed with the disease, as well as their loved ones, to better understand their prognosis and treatment plans.

4 Apps Designed to Help Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Doing good | True innovation