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Words Should Matter to Leaders

In an exchange with a colleague the other day, I shared a phrase my grandmother often used to say, “nothing’s so bad it can’t get worse.” Throughout my life, I

Workforce Tips for Manufacturers

This blog post is part one of a two part series. As a manufacturer, you don’t want workers – you want company ambassadors. Workers are individuals who show

Opportunities for Connecting with Veterans

I had the opportunity to attend a Veteran Service Organization Meeting here in DC recently. Deputy Secretary of Labor, Chris Lu, moderated a panel of senior DOL

INFOGRAPHIC: Making it in America

We've just released the newest workforce infographic "Making it in America." An information packed poster of the opportunities and pathways of the many faces of

Manufacturers Doing Remarkable Things

Let’s face it—the world has no shortage of problems in need of solving, but there is also no shortage of the human ingenuity and creativity necessary to address

You Gotta Spend It to Make It

“There is most likely some interplay between the weak capital spending numbers and the weak job market of the last few years; there is less incentive to spend

The Magnitude of One

In college I learned about Chaos Theory, sometimes called Butterfly Effect in which small differences in an initial condition result in divergent outcomes in

Saying “I Do” To Your Workforce

As a workforce professional, I have finally overloaded on the term “skills gap”. I subscribe to a content aggregator, so that might be part of the problem, but


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About this blog

Manufacturing Innovation, the blog of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is a resource for manufacturers, industry experts and the public on key U.S. manufacturing topics. There are articles for those looking to dive into new strategies emerging in manufacturing as well as useful information on tools and opportunities for manufacturers.

The views presented here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of NIST.

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