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.
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
Bill Bonvillian, Former Director, MIT Washington Office