Welfare reform raises the prickly question of what mix of understanding, support and pragmatic pressure is needed to move welfare recipients into employment. Many workers are scrambling to keep the wolf from their own doors in the face of industry restructuring, rapid technological change, and intense pressures to increase corporate profits.
Fuel cells are a feasible power system technology for future transit vehicles. The advantages of fuel cells include high efficiency and extremely low vehicle emissions. Progress in fuel cell technology is moving rapidly with limited commercialization expected in this decade. Transit vehicles are a logical first application of fuel cells in transportation. Fundamental to the application of fuel cells to transit is the choice of boarded fuel. Hydrogen and methanol are the favored fuels to store on the vehicle with methanol being converted into a hydrogen rich gas on-board the vehicle. Hydrogen simplifies the fuel cell power plant at the expense of the refueling facility. Methanol simplifies the refueling facility at the expense of the vehicle fuel cell system. Depending on the vehicle mission, range and payload advantages for each fuel can be shown. The total direct and indirect employment created per $1 Billion of demand for fuel cells is 15,157 jobs. Approximately 77% of this employment is found in the manufacturing sector.
SYNOPSIS This survey of industry perceptions of defense conversion in the Los Angeles region followed two years after the bench mark survey of aerospace firms conducted to prepare the “Economic Adjustment Strategy for Defense Reductions.” The purpose was to explore such questions as: Are aerospace firms in the greater Los Angeles region becoming less dependent on defense contracts?
Synopsis Well-designed economic development programs build on local strengths, the most important of these being existing manufacturing capacity and expertise. Because of defense cutbacks, the large, environmentally desirable industrial base which has been built in Southern California to manufacture aerospace products is being severely eroded. To preserve this economic resource, the competitive strengths of this industrial network and skilled workforce must be linked with a new growth path.
SYNOPSIS The Economic Roundtable conducted a survey of Southern California manufacturers on behalf of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. The survey identified over 500 firms that are willing and able to provide products and services for virtually every light rail vehicle construction need. The purpose of the Light Rail Vehicle Directory was to create an information base that will enable fixed-rail mass transit projects in Southern California to generate business opportunities for local companies.