The U.S. Economy: Resilient, But Not Invincible

Gregory_Jonathan_tnLabor Day weekend brings the traditional home stretch of the 2014 Congressional election season and there is no shortage of campaign issues. The economy is almost always among the top issues in any election cycle and this year will be no different.

We are likely to hear that the economy is good or the economy is bad or something in between and terms like foreign investment, offshoring and inversion will be invoked when useful. What we will not hear as much is a discussion of how U.S. trade policy is contradictory and incomplete.Read more »

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The Magic in the Machine

the next 30Our love affair with computers has a long, complex history. We did not fall in love with them because they allowed us to be more productive. Nor did we love them because they encouraged us to talk to our friends over the Internet. Our first love affair began a decade before the web, when the first PCs gave software developers the ability to create new and interesting art forms such as Tron, The Last Starfighter and Castle Wolfenstein. It is creative computing, the creation of art out of code, that has always resonated with us. Creative computing is what excites us about our devices and keeps drawing us in for more.Read more »

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How Non-Profits Are Helping SNAP Recipients Stretch Their Benefits and Eat Healthier

the next 30Last time you went grocery shopping, do you know how much you spent and how that correlated to the food you bought? The average American, when shopping for a family of four for a week’s worth of food, spends on average $239 per week.

This amount looks a little different for a family that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The budget for a family of four, if they receive the maximum allotment, is roughly $146 per week. SNAP benefits are based on income eligibility guidelines, so the allotment amount varies depending on the income of the family. Generally, SNAP recipients have to stretch their food budget, which pushes them to buy cheaper, heavily processed food and can impact the health of SNAP recipients down the line.Read more »

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How Communication Will Shape the Aviation Industry

the next 30Today, three billion passengers and nearly 50 million tons of cargo fly each year around the world. These numbers will increase significantly, as air traffic has doubled every 15 years. There is currently no sign that this trend will change.

Therefore, thinking about the future of aviation can make one truly excited about what exactly could be possible in the decades to come. Due to global changes, players like aircraft manufacturers and airlines are working on groundbreaking initiatives such as renewable biofuel or eco-efficient airplane materials. Furthermore, innovative and disruptive thinkers such as Richard Branson or Elon Musk showcase that one can anticipate major changes in the aviation industry.Read more »

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Three Takeaways from the Sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED)

Bruce FuU.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang led the sixth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in Beijing from July 9-10. This year’s talks, the first since the Chinese government released its reform agenda during its Third Plenum meeting last fall, comes during a period of rising tensions between the two countries. Both sides reiterated commitments to pushing forward market-based reforms in China and finding areas for “win-win” cooperation. However, issues such as market access for U.S. companies, cybersecurity concerns, currency and IPR policy remained points of contention. Milestones projected during bilateral talks are often lofty and it remains to be seen what concrete actions will be taken moving forward. Keeping this in mind, however, there are a few key takeaways that can be gathered from the results of this year’s talks:Read more »

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Four Global Trends Affecting Turkish Food Safety

What did you eat for lunch today? Where did it come from, and was it safe? Large-scale foodborne illness and contamination events have attracted significant media attention in recent years, impacting consumer confidence and bringing food safety issues to the forefront of public debate. On August 19, APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul office held a food safety roundtable with Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and International Advisory Council member, to discuss global food safety trends and particular challenges in Turkey. The meeting gathered regulatory officials, association representatives and business leaders, including representatives from some of the world’s largest multinational firms in the field of food and consumer products.Read more »

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