International Benchmarking of Countries’ Policies and Programs Supporting SME Manufacturers

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005
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U.S. manufacturing is in trouble, having lost one-third of its jobs in the last decade. Robust jobs recovery will be difficult without a manufacturing renewal. But renewal will not be possible if the nation's 245,000 small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMEs) collectively do not become more productive, innovative and competitive. Other nations fully recognize the key role of their SME manufacturers and that's why many have rolled out well funded and smartly designed programs to help them.

In this event, ITIF releases a new report that analyzes the SME manufacturing and technology support programs and policies of 12 leading nations, including Japan, Germany and the UK. The report assesses what these nations are doing and what the lessons are for the federal, state and local governments in America seeking to bolster their SME manufacturers’ competitiveness. The event also features presentations from key officials in U.S. and foreign governments crafting SME manufacturing policy in their countries.

Panelists: 
Jason Charron
Executive Director
Canada National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program
Presenter
Stephen Ezell
Director of Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Presenter
Drew Greenblatt
President
Marlin Steel Wire Products
Presenter
Roger D. Kilmer
Director
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Presenter
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator