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Workforce initiatives balance present, future needs

The strong economy has been making it difficult for businesses that need qualified and skilled technical workers. And while some established workforce initiatives with a long-range focus are paying off, other efforts are underway to match workers’ skills with specific jobs in the shorter term, several observers said in recent interviews.

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Andrew Hacker, founder of Thought

Harrisburg startup seeks to transform data

A startup called Thought, founded and led by Andrew Hacker, a faculty member at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, is in the midst of creating a platform that can take bits of computer data, like numbers, and provide them with the context, or set of rules and logic.

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Guest view: Retirement plans should be piece of M&A puzzle

Throughout the M&A process, executives are hyper-focused on company synergies and big-picture goals. As a result, one very important factor often goes overlooked – the employer’s retirement plans. There are many details to consider when acquiring a company. Understanding the seller’s retirement plan and how it will fit within the current benefit structure is vital to success.

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Guest view: Latest census data reveals trends to watch

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new population estimates that account for and compare the resident population for counties between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2018. The outcome? There are shifts in population taking place across the nation that may differ from what you might assume. Here are the highlights at a national and local level.

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