4:00pm – Ice Cream Social
4:30pm – Congressional Briefing
6:00-8:00pm – Expo + Reception
Over the past year, the Manufacturing USA program has had significant positive impact on advancing manufacturing in the United States. From providing training for veterans to advancing technologies developed in the labs, Manufacturing USA is convening players across the manufacturing community to address the nation’s pressing manufacturing technology and competitiveness needs. Manufacturing USA grew substantially in 2017, adding 6 new institutes to make a total of 14 institutes, sponsored by the departments of Energy, Defense and Commerce. Other highlights include an increase of membership by 50 percent with a 2:1 ratio of small to large business participation. Co-investment was significantly above the program’s annual 1:1 target. The institutes conducted nearly 270 major, collaborative applied research and development projects of high priority to broad indus-try sectors. And more than 191,000 individuals moved through the education and workforce training programs, a seven-fold increase over the prior year.
The first panel of experts and thought leaders from three industrial sectors—high power electronics, machine tools, and healthcare—will describe how the Manufacturing USA institutes create research collaborations that enable their companies to produce innovative products in the U.S.
The second panel of industry experts will discuss their own experience working with the Manufacturing USA in-stitutes to create programs that train and retrain existing workers and military veterans, as well as educate and train students to equip them with the skills they will need to fill the demand for high-paying jobs in the modern manufac-turing sector.
This is a widely attended public event.