New Consumer CEOs Are Getting Tougher, Shorter Jobs

Running a multibillion-dollar consumer company is a more bruising job than it used to be. The new bosses may struggle to last as long as the retiring ones.

The world’s largest packaged-goods companies are going through a bout of c-suite churn. This week, Colgate-Palmolive CL 1.41% became the latest to name a new chief executive following appointments atUnilever , UL 0.11% PepsiCo and Campbell Soup at the end of last year. The top job is open at U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser , RBGLY 1.10%which makes Durex condoms and Lysol disinfectant, after Chief Executive Rakesh Kapoor said last month he would stand down by the year-end.

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‘They are good paying, middle class paying jobs.’ – US Steel

There is much to celebrate in Western Jefferson County, as U.S. Steel announces a major comeback at its Fairfield plant, including 150 new full time jobs that pay well.

“They’re good paying, middle class paying jobs that earn family incomes that send kids to college, that get to go on great vacations, that get to enjoy a very comfortable life,” says Douglas Matthews, senior vice president for U.S. Steel’s tubular operations.

Positions include operations, maintenance, safety, and other administrative jobs that come with an industrial plant. Applicants will need two years of prior industrial experience.

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University of South Florida launches autonomous shuttle trial

The trial will be yet another test case for autonomous shuttles, which are being piloted in different environments across the country. Cities like Detroit, Las Vegas and Austin, TX are testing autonomous shuttles in downtown areas as a way to connect businesses, transit stops and parking lots. Boston-based Optimus Ride just announced last week that it would provide shuttles for residents of a mixed-use development in Reston, VA, and a community in Florida had even piloted an autonomous school bus before it was halted by federal regulators.

The USF trial will see how the shuttles function on a campus environment, which can often have a different transportation mix than an urban downtown. The shuttle will navigate paths that may be crowded with pedestrians or skateboarders, rather than fitting into slow-speed vehicular traffic. In a statement, Dr. Pei-Sung Lin of USF’s CUTR said that showing how the shuttle works “in such a busy environment” would be an important step.

“Seamless integration between existing and new modes of transportation will likely make for better urban environments,” Lin said.

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9 promising work-from-home jobs paying more than $100,000 (and exactly how to get them)

Good news for people who love their job, but hate the office! More and more companies are choosing to operate on remote teams.

Some of the fastest-growing remote jobs are in STEM fields (e.g. programmers, actuaries and data scientists), which grew by 50 percent in 2018, says Brie Reynolds, a senior career specialist at FlexJobs. Remote job growth has also grown across industries like finance, banking, insurance, healthcare and real estate.

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Men still pick “blue” jobs and women “pink” jobs

very year a few women become the first of their sex to hold a particular job. The stars of 2018 include Tennessee’s first female senator and the first female head of the New York Stock Exchange. There is the occasional male first, too: in 2018 the first men graduated from Norland College, which trains nannies for rich British families. Each year also sees a few occupations abandon sex-based hiring restrictions: in October Britain’s Special Air Service decided to admit women for the first time.

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AMERICANS ARE ABANDONING PUBLIC TRANSIT—BUT DON’T BLAME UBER

IN PHILADELPHIA, A small group of transit riders sat down to talk about what sucks about the bus. “What is it about the bus?” the interviewer said, and they were off.

“They got to stop at every corner,” one rider said. “That’s going to be an inconvenience if you are trying to get someplace fast.”

“They don’t come,” said another. “Like, you will just wait at the corner and they don’t come. And sometimes the bus will come but it will just go right by you, so you have to wait for the next one. It happens way too much for me.”

If you’ve ever depended on the bus to get to work or school or really anywhere, those complaints might sound familiar. But according to a new report from transportation research and advocacy organization TransitCenter, riders are even less enthused about public transit than they were two years ago. The group’s biennial census of transit riders convened six focus groups (including the Philadelphia one) and solicited survey results from more than 1,700 riders in the New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Seattle metro areas.

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Falling Ridership? Study Says, ‘It’s the Service, Stupid’

What’s behind the widespread decline in mass transit ridership in U.S. cities?

Streetsblog USA reports that a TransitCenter survey of 1,700 residents of eight American cities found that two main factors have contributed to the decline: higher car ownership and lower service quality.

The two are joined at the hip. Car ownership has risen in the two years since TransitCenter last conducted this survey, especially among lower-income residents thanks to looser standards for issuing auto loans. Where 43 percent of respondents reported owning a car in 2016, 54 percent said they owned one this year. Most of these new car owners did not quit using transit completely, according to the report; rather, car ownership led them to use it less often.

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Confronting Generations of Racial Economic Injustice in Charlotte

For professionally certified meeting and event planner Karen Lawrence, it’s an exciting time to be a small business owner in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she’s lived since she was three years old. The NBA All-Star Game is coming up this weekend — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“I’ve watched Charlotte grow from being a small town to being this large city with a lot of movers and shakers here,” says Lawrence. “It’s been exciting to see it grow to where it is and I’m excited to see what it can become because a lot of things are happening for the city now.”

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Addressing the U.S. Affordable Housing Issue at the State and Local Levels

Panelists at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity 2019 conference said that while the data paint a bleak picture of America’s housing affordability, the spending priorities of California’s new governor may be a sign of positive policy changes at a more local level.

Retired Trammell Crow chief executive Ron Terwilliger set the tone for the conference during his opening remarks, quickly turning the focus to the escalating housing crisis.

“We’re going backwards in terms of affordable housing,” said Terwilliger, founder and chairman of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and a former chairman of ULI.

Panelists argued that the shortage of affordable housing—and efforts to remove obstacles to build more of it—represent the biggest opportunity for the industry in the coming years.

“I think this is a significant moment,” said Ben Metcalf, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. “We have an opportunity to question the assumptions of how we work.”

By all measures, supply is not keeping up with demand, said Ryan Davis, director of research for Witten Advisors. Housing starts still have not returned to modern average levels, he said. And the metrics of creating affordable housing are growing more challenging, with construction, land, and labor costs all rising in recent years, he said.

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Report: Transit ridership declining, but riders could be won back

The report shows overall dips in transit ridership and that fewer riders use transit multiple times a week. Daily transit riders have dropped from 41% of respondents in 2016 to 32% now. However, occasional riders have increased from 29% in 2016 to 42% at present.

Ride-hailing service takes away from transit ridership, but not as much as personal cars, the report shows. In 2016, 43% of survey respondents had access to a car but that has grown notably to 54% now. Access to a car has nearly doubled among respondents who have decreased the amount of transit trips they take.

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