Manufacturing Workforce Development and Strengthening Manufacturing Supply Chains: What Can States Do?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Virtual Forum

America’s states are becoming increasingly fertile grounds for novel approaches to manufacturing and innovation policy. For instance, several states are developing their own “advanced manufacturing” strategies and many are developing sophisticated approaches to bolstering manufacturing workforce skills and positioning their enterprises to thrive in national and global supply chains. This virtual workshop will share best practices from the most-innovative U.S. states and explore ways advanced manufacturing in the United States could better scale through stronger state-level interactions with the Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, and other federal initiatives. The first panel will focus on manufacturing workforce policy considerations, while the second will focus on strengthening manufacturing supply chains.

ITIF hosted a two-part forum on innovative state-level manufacturing policies.

Introductory Remarks:

David Adler, Economics Author

Panel 1: Manufacturing Workforce Development

Moderator, Stephen Ezell, VP, Global Innovation Policy, ITIF

Farhad Vazehgoo, Acting Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs at the Mass. Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) and the MassTech Collaborative

Ira Moskowitz, Director, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM)

Amy Firestone, Vice President, Apprentice South Carolina

Michael Britt-Crane, Education and Workforce Development Lead, Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program

Panel 2: Strengthening Manufacturing Supply Chains - What Can States Do?

Moderator: Sue Helper, Professor, Case Western University

Phil Singerman, Former Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, NIST

Matt Watson, Senior Vice President, Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation

Phil Mintz, Director of the North Carolina MEP

Kevin Carr, CEO Florida Makes (the Florida MEP), and former national director of the federal MEP Program at Commerce

Berardino Barrata, Vice President, Projects + Engineering, MxD

Closing Remarks:

Bill Bonvillian, Former Director, MIT Washington Office

11/17/2020 10:0011/17/2020 12:30America/New_YorkITIF Event: Manufacturing Workforce Development and Strengthening Manufacturing Supply Chains: What Can States Do?Virtual ForumMore information:
Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Farhad Vazehgoo
Interim Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
MassTech Collaborative
Ira Moskowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) institute
Amy Firestone
Vice President of Apprenticeship Carolina
South Carolina Technical College System
Michael Britt-Crane
Education and Workforce Development Lead
DoD Manufacturing Technology Program Office
Susan Helper
Senior Economist
White House Council of Economic Advisers
Phillip Singerman
Senior Advisor, Technology Transfer and Commercialization
Montgomery County (MD) Economic Development Corporation
Matt Watson
Senior Vice President
Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation
Phil Mintz
Director & Executive Director
North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) & NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)
Kevin Carr
Chief Executive Officer
Berardino Baratta
Vice President of Projects and Engineering
William B. Bonvillian
Former Director
MIT Washington Office
David Adler
Economics Author