Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0
From the April 2014 event:
Nearly 200 people from businesses, government and academia gathered at The University of Akron on April 2, for a White House-led initiative to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S.
The workshop, sponsored by The University of Akron and the United Steelworkers labor union, opened with remarks by United Steelworkers International president Leo Gerard and UA president Luis Proenza — both members of Obama’s AMP 2.0 steering committee.
The current manufacturing environment in the U.S. is dependent not only on location, regulatory issues and tax policies, but on human capital. In Ohio, there are 7,400 open manufacturing jobs within a 100-mile radius of Akron, according to the Fed.
One reason that number is so high is because many workers don't have the skills employers need, said Sandra Pianalto Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank president and chief executive officer. A decade ago, education likely would not have been on the agenda of a manufacturing conference, Pianalto said. The times are changing.
Gerard noted all manufacturing in America can and must advance. From supply chains for components to developing new technologies, there are ways and area to improve.
- Akron Beacon Journal: "University of Akron hosts national manufacturing workshop"
- Akron Beacon Journal Editorial by Luis Proenza, Leo W. Gerard and Christie Wong Barrett "‘Missing middle’ between research and production"
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: "With so many unemployed, why are 7,400 manufacturing jobs open in this region?"
- Crain's Cleveland: "Education is key to strong manufacturing sector, Cleveland Fed chief Pianalto says" (Note: subscription required)