Skip to comments.Detroit-Windsor Near-Shoring [another facepalm]
Posted on 01/14/2013 6:15:59 PM PST by PieterCasparzen
Near-shoring refers to the practice of attracting global businesses to Detroit whose growth and expansion is otherwise hindered by restrictive U.S. immigration laws. American businesses, particularly in industries critical to the new economy, have faced significant hurdles to engaging the worlds most talented workers because of restrictive U.S. immigration laws. Since the H-1B skilled worker visa cap was rolled back to 65,000, the demand by U.S. firms for these visas has far exceeded the supply, usually surpassing the cap only days after the application period is opened. As a result, U.S. firms have been forced to locate facilities in other countries where immigration laws allow them to hire such workers. In 2007, Microsoft, for instance, opened its new software development center in Vancouver and pointed to restrictive U.S. immigration laws as the cause of locating such a facility outside the U.S.
A more strategic plan for southeast Michigan would be to partner with our friends in Windsor to aggressively recruit firms that want to expand operations in the U.S., but who are restrained by our immigration caps on skilled international workers. By developing appropriate marketing materials, attending global IT conferences (and those of other industries particularly affected by the H-1B cap), and developing other strategies, Detroit-Windsor can become the leading near-shoring base for the new economy. Global firms can locate their skilled foreign labor in Windsor, while bringing their American workers to metro Detroit. In addition to our regional proximity (which literally allows workers to meet face-to-face with their peers in another country in 30 minutes or less), southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario possess a bi-national business acumen developed over years of cooperative work on automotive manufacturing and other industries. For a description of the joint assets of the region, click to download the Two Cities, One Region brochure.
Since the release of the Global Detroit report in 2010, this initiative has advanced. Global Detroit retained a consulting firm to research the potential for this concept to be successful in Detroit, and to identify the sectors and businesses most likely to take advantage of this opportunity. Work is currently underway, with a report expected in late spring 2012.
a) worrying about Microsoft-type firms inability to hire dirt cheap labor - genius.
b) duh, we can have the handful of manager jobs if we work with an outsourcer of dirt cheap labor just over the border. gee, that will help create jobs in the U.S.
This site is loaded with the idiocy of desperation, flailing around trying to satisfy the requests of globalists.
So many U.S. politicians are so stupid that it would not surprise me to hear them call for a reintroduction of slavery as a way to boost employment.
Yea, it will keep the Fortune 500 happy !
Perhaps they'll call for throwing out the Constitution and imposing the Chinese legal and governmental system on the United States - then we could cost justify bringing jobs back home.
I have yet to hear one highly-educated idiot actually mention the only real reason for keeping jobs in the U.S. - simple nationalism. It works for every nation, not just us. Every nation should avoid large trade imbalances. This means the management of every business should (duh) be concerned about the nation they are based in ! Is that so difficult to understand ? Maybe the economy needs to go farther in the dumper for them to get it.
There are plenty of people on both sides of the border with the knowledge but they don’t come cheap and can’t be made to disappear easily if they become a problem.
They are not completely wrong.
Like it or not, nearshoring with Mexico and Canada is getting steam. Far-shoring is losing luster as distance, language and time zones all start to weight on it heavily.
This could be a good plan for Catholic companies, if Canada allows them to have religious freedom. And right now, Canada has a less socialist tax structure than the US.
What do you think happened in the early 90's! something very similar...
* Workers came to Canada because it was easier to get a Visa their.
* They lived their because the dollar was stronger and they got more apt for the money offset by the montly speed pass.
* But they drove into Metro Detroit everyday with the speed pass.
* They worked for the Big three as Contractors doing FEA and all high end engineering fields that we didn't produce with everyone getting degrees in crap like gender studies...
I saw this with my own eyes
Intellectual property protection is also stronger in North America than China. In “The World is Flat”, even the pro-globalization author admits “there seemed to be no translation for the term non-compete agreement in Mandarin” while discussing a Western company’s efforts to manufacture product there.