This Week on America’s Business

By October 5, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickA presidential candidate, America’s infrastructure woes, the skills gap, and manufacturing’s unappreciated strengths – It’s a full range of people and issues on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is gaining new attention as a serious contender for the Republican nomination for President. He joins host Mike Hambrick this week to talk about energy independence as a foreign-policy priority and other campaign developments.

Ty Gable of the National Precast Concrete Association and Robin Wiener of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries are on hand to look at the overloaded U.S. infrastructure, its challenges and how their industries can contribute to solutions.

Daniel J. Ikenson is the associate director at the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, a leading free-market think tank. He finds U.S. manufacturing thriving, no matter what the naysayers claim. And trade is a big reason why, Ikenson explains.

Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA, and Phyllis Eisen of the Manufacturing Institute – executive director of the Center for Workforce Success – update us on how educators and manufacturers are addressing the shortage of skilled employees. And in Minnesota a program called M-Powered helps bring employees’ skills up to a higher, marketable level. Elizabeth Abraham, CEO of Top Tool Company in Minneapolis, tells us more.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership tells us who’s winning and losing the tort-reform battles; the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Ways Things Were”; and NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word” on health care.

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And to watch the video podcast, AKA the vodcast, with highlights of the Huckabee interview, please go the NAM’s YouTube video page.