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TradeVistas | infrastructure investment will have positive economic impact

The Trade Costs of Getting a “D+” on Infrastructure”

The economic impact of infrastructure investment is significant – but a new scorecard ranks the United States’ infrastructure behind many of its biggest global competitors, adding manufacturing and trade costs.

TradeVistas | Middle-Skill jobs include road construction

The Secret Life of Roads – and the Future of U.S. Middle-Skill Jobs

Millions of “middle-skill” jobs – well-paying jobs that require post-secondary education and credentials but not a four-year degree have remained steadily in demand among employers. The U.S. federal government could also help create millions of new middle-skill jobs by passing an infrastructure bill.

TradeVistas | Americans say they won't buy U.S. imports from China

40% of Americans Say They Won’t Buy “Made In China,” Do They Mean It?

More Americans say they won’t purchase U.S. imports from China. China is no longer America’s top source of imports. But are we really willing to pay more?

TradeVistas | Kearney Reshoring Index tracks if American companies are bringing manufacturing back

Can We Measure Whether “Re-Shoring” is Real?

The Kearney Reshoring Index shows if trade tension with China and COVID-19 pushes American companies to bring manufacturing “back” to the United States.

TradeVistas | building with cross laminated timber is growing industry

Wooden Skyscrapers Push Trade in Cross-Laminated Timber to New Heights

Cross Laminated Timber is the basis of the “tall wood” buildings movement. CLT construction is a growing global market. Cross-laminated timber provides many possible benefits, including reduced costs, rural employment, strength, fire-resistance, beauty and a sense of being closer to nature.

TradeVistas | toilet paper shortage 2020

Toilet Paper: A Uniquely American Obsession

Covid-19 panic shopping and the 2020 toilet paper shortage has made it clear: Americans love their toilet paper. The U.S. is a top producer and consumer of TP. Learn about trade in bathroom tissue – and why toilet paper shortages are truly a first-world worry.

TradeVistas | international investment in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Isn’t Waiting on Post-Brexit Trade Deal to Court U.S. Investors

The UK released its public negotiating objectives for a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the United States, but Invest Northern Ireland isn’t waiting on a deal to start taking advantage of stronger trade and investment relations for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Port of Virginia drives coffee trade in Suffolk VA

Port of Virginia Put Suffolk on the Coffee Map

Suffolk is the most caffeinated city east of the Mississippi thanks to booming coffee trade through the nearby Port of Virginia. Here’s a look at how trade drives economic development in this flourishing coffee cluster.

Single Pencil

Pencils: Still Teaching Us Lessons About Trade

The question of where and how pencils are made has resurfaced in the current debate over American trade policy. Policymakers often try to revive trade-impacted low-tech sectors through trade protection. The pencil industry’s experience highlights the difficulties of this approach.

Amused teen girl using tablet in the science studio

The Maker Movement Can Flourish Thanks to Trade

We long ago stopped having to make everything we need: forging tools, handcrafting shoes from hides and weaving textiles for clothing. The expansion of global trade is affording us the opportunity to rediscover and reinvent the art of “making” itself, which could in turn profoundly impact what we make and what we trade.