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Akron to Host Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Regional Meeting, April 2, 2014

From NIST Tech Beat: March 11, 2014

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Contact: Mark Bello
301-975-3776

The second regional meeting of President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative—AMP 2.0—will be held Wednesday, April 2, at the InfoCision Stadium on the campus of The University of Akron.

Jointly hosted by the United Steelworkers and The University of Akron, the all-day meeting will focus on how academia, industry, labor and government can partner to shape and promote the development and growth of advanced manufacturing jobs in the Midwest and all of the United States.

Key topics will include: challenges and opportunities in scaling up supply chains, job creation and workforce training development, and national and regional challenges to growth in advanced manufacturing and strategies to overcome them.

AMP 2.0 is a renewed national effort to secure U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality jobs and enhance America's global competitiveness. It builds on progress made by its predecessor, created by President Obama in 2011. In its 2012 report, Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing, the inaugural AMP committee made 16 recommendations "aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the Nation's innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base."

A working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the AMP 2.0 steering committee is helping to implement the report's recommendations and to identify new, concrete strategies for securing the nation's competitive advantage in transformative early-stage technologies.

University of Akron President Luis Proenza and Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steel workers, are steering committee members.

To learn more about the meeting and to register, go to: https://www.uakron.edu/advanced-manufacturing-partnership/.