As U.S. Marks “National Manufacturing Day,” NEC Launches Advanced Manufacturing Working Group
Today, October 3rd, is National Manufacturing Day. It is a day that was created to “address common misconceptions about manufacturing” and to underscore the role that manufacturing plays in improving local communities and fueling national economic growth.
In 2009, the New England Council, in partnership with Deloitte, released a report highlighting the capacity of the New England region to leverage the forecasted gains to be made in this next generation of “advanced manufacturing.” Earlier this week, the Council launched its Advanced Manufacturing Working Group. It is comprised of Council members that are part of the network of industries that underpin advanced manufacturing. This group has the expertise and experience to provide insights into the opportunities and challenges posed by strengthening this growing engine of economic growth.
Its goal is to take that information and produce an updated report with Deloitte that will serve as a vital resource for policymakers, educational institutions, technical assistance providers, and businesses. As the country’s oldest regional business organization, the New England Council is well positioned to help build the relationships and networks that drive growth in the advanced manufacturing center that in turn drives economic growth in the region.
To mark National Manufacturing Day and to highlight some of New England’s strengths in this sector, NEC President & CEO Jim Brett penned an Op-Ed piece that has appeared in several newspapers in the region this week:
We are fortunate that our region’s leaders in Congress appreciate the importance of advanced manufacturing to the New England economy. There are several pieces of legislation currently pending in Congress and sponsored by New Englanders, all aimed at helping this sector continue to growth and thrive: