Self-driving cars will create 30,000 engineering jobs that the US can’t fill

The rise of self-driving and electric cars will create more than 100,000 US mobility industry jobs in the next decade, including 30,000 jobs for engineers with computer science-related degrees, according to a Friday report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Detroit Mobility Lab (DML). However, demand could be up to six times more than the expected number of graduates in this field, the report found.

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11 tech jobs where you can earn a salary of over $200K

CIOs and CTOs top the list of tech jobs with the highest earning potential in 2019, according to a Monday report from tech staffing firm Mondo. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning has also pushed jobs in those areas on to the list of top-paying roles, while an increase in data breaches has also led to increased cybersecurity jobs and salaries, the report found.

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A Connection Between State Income Taxes And Public School Enrollment Growth?

There are seven states with no tax on any personal income: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

According to a recently updated National Center for Education Statistics projection, the eight states expected to see the highest growth in public and charter school enrollment in the 12 years from 2015 through 2027 are: North Dakota (27%); Florida (17%); Washington (17%); Texas (15%); Nevada (14%); Alaska (13%), Utah (13%) and South Dakota (12%). That means that six of the top eight states for public school growth don’t levy an income tax.

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Airbus starts building Alabama factory for U.S.-made A220s

Airbus has broken ground for a new factory in Mobile, Alabama, defying predictions by archrival Boeing that the plant would never be built.

By midyear, mechanics will begin assembling the first American-made A220, a single-aisle jetliner developed by Bombardier and taken over by Airbus last year. Delivery of the initial plane with a made-in-the-U. S. A. label is scheduled for next year.

The new factory caps a dizzying turnaround for the Canadian-designed aircraft formerly known as the CSeries, which Airbus rescued in 2018 after working for years to stymie sales of the 100- to 150-seat jets. Bombardier turned to the European plane maker after Boeing rejected overtures. The U.S. aerospace giant then waged a high-profile and ultimately unsuccessful campaign to slap duties on imports of the jets by Delta Air Lines.

Seattle Times

Firefly Aerospace Is Behind Florida Rocket Project: Sources

Firefly Aerospace Inc, a resurgent rocket company founded by a former SpaceX engineer, plans to build a factory and launch site at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Spaceport in a $52 million deal, people familiar with the project said on Wednesday.

The Firefly project is strategically important for the Cedar Park, Texas-based startup as it competes with several other new entrants vying to cash in on a big jump in the number of small satellites expected in the coming years.

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SpaceX Will Build Prototype Mars Rockets In Texas, Not California

It’s not often that the Los Angeles times covers news with a Texas slant, but this time, it was somewhat unavoidable.

Last week, the Times reported that Elon Musk’s SpaceX was canceling plans to build its biggest rockets at the Port of Los Angeles, and shifting production to South Texas. The story got lots of play in Southern California where it was considered something of a blow to the region’s dream of becoming the epicenter of the next wave of space exploration. And it was seen as a victory for Texas – one of California’s economic rivals.

SpaceX already has a launch facility in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, and Steve Clark, a staff writer at the Brownsville Herald says the facility was initially expected to host 12 launches a year once completed. When Musk attended the site’s groundbreaking in 2014, he hinted that Boca Chica could have an even higher-profile role in SpaceX plans.

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Unemployment Drops Below 3% In Ten States

In December, the unemployment rate was 3.9% nationwide, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, in ten states, it was much lower than that, dropping below 3% in each one

BLS researchers reported the trend across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. “Unemployment rates were higher in December in 4 states, lower in 3 states, and stable in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Fourteen states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 36 states and the District had little or no change.”

Trend of adaptive-reuse food halls in Atlanta suburbs shows few signs of slowing

It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, Krog Street Market should be beaming from compliments, thanks to the number of similar food hall developments popping up OTP.

First announced in 2017, Marietta Square Market will soon open the doors to an 18,000-square-foot venture along Church Street in that city’s downtown, although just when is uncertain.

Instead of welcoming patrons this month as planned, city officials told the Marietta Daily Journal it looks like opening day will come in February or possibly March as tenants continue to wrap up construction.

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Millions approved for three Atlanta affordable housing ventures

During Invest Atlanta’s first meetings of 2019, the city’s economic development agency and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms approved millions of dollars of funding to build three new affordable housing projects in neighborhoods in need.

The initiatives “represent the type of thinking needed to make affordable living in the city an option for many more residents,” said Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta CEO and president, per a press release.

“Longterm ground leases, land trust models, and layered financing strategies give us a bigger toolbox to work with and opportunities to address more of the affordability spectrum,” she added.

The first development, called CityPlace, earned a loan increase of up to $1 million from the Vine City Housing Trust Fund, which will help Place Properties build five new single-family residences in English Avenue and Vine City.

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