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Top Five MEP Resolutions for 2016

As we renew and affirm our commitment to providing the highest level of support for U.S. manufacturers, our Top Five MEP Resolutions for 2016 are to:
  1. Better understand supply chain needs by providing manufacturers the services and technologies, like cybersecurity, necessary for them to be competitive;
  2. Introduce manufacturers to the information, technology and services available within our parent agency, the preeminent National Institute of Standards and Technology;
  3. Find new ways to connect manufacturers with the incredible resources of the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes across the country;
  4. Help educate manufacturers about innovative new technologies that will support current and future growth opportunities;
  5. And most importantly, help business owners of manufacturing firms attract qualified and engaged people to help fill good paying manufacturing jobs during our best ever MFG Day in 2016!

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership national network of technical assistance providers are enabling the next great revolution in manufacturing by proudly supporting manufacturers across the United States of America.

Happy New Year!

Carroll Thomas Director, MEP

About the author

Carroll Thomas

Ms. Carroll A. Thomas, recently named National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Acting Associate Director of Innovation and Industry Services also serves as the Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  In addition to the MEP program, Ms. Thomas also provides senior leadership for the NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and the Technology Partnerships Office.  For the past 5 years her efforts have mainly focused on the MEP National Network™ which  helps U.S. manufacturers compete globally by strengthening supply chains and helping them access new technology. MEP, with its $146 million federal budget and matched private investment, is a $300 million public-private partnership leveraging federal support by teaming with industry as well as state and local organizations to be the go-to resource for U.S. manufacturers. With over 400 manufacturing extension offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, MEP services provide measurable  enhance growth, improve productivity and expand capacity.

With more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and small business development experience, her accomplished public/ private sector career demonstrates her leadership expertise as a catalyst for creating innovative partnerships and advocating economic development by supporting dynamic innovation ecosystems.

Ms. Thomas is a graduate of Leadership Washington and a former Regional Director of the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Design and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in International Business.

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Carroll Thomas NIST MEP Director Thank You. I am very concerned about our nation's path in a relative economic sense. I know that NIST has played a vital role in its path and hope that it can continue to do so in the future. I would like to know from your perspective what changes to our nations' policies would be most helpful to increase the probability of our nation's future success. I have been thinking about this from a data side. I assume you have the data. I look forward to your response. Thank You, Edward M. Cupoli, PhD ecupoli [at] (ecupoli[at]albany[dot]edu) 518 779 6234
Thank you Carroll Thomas, I look forward to more innovating challenges to manufacturers and digital tech providers who may help to change the way we do business. And hopefully generate opportunities and inspire markets that may lead to or create gainful employment in America. Beautiful project for 2016 Best Wishes,
This is a very interesting initiative. Hopefully it goes to the goal Happy New Year everyone! Samuel B J Ndiaye

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