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Manufacturing USA Network Meeting

On October 9-12, 2018, NIST will host the Manufacturing USA Network meeting. The Manufacturing USA Network meeting will allow members to share insights and success stories; collaborate and develop strategies that address common challenges facing Manufacturing USA and its Institutes; identify and leverage resources for broader impact across multiple Institutes; and identify opportunities for strategic partnerships that will contribute to their success of the Manufacturing USA.


1. Context: Identify common issues facing Institutes and brainstorm solutions.

2. Possible Solution:

  • Share learnings (+ / – ) and insights that can be leveraged across institutes. 
  • Evaluate Institute strengths that can be leveraged benefit the broader network.  
  • Brainstorm and develop strategies for effective collaboration among Institutes that will contribute to or enhance industry impact across disciplines.

3. What are you going to do about?

  • Learn new strategies to make your Institute operate more efficiently.
  • Develop specific actions as follow-up to every network meeting.

4. Design of the meeting: 

  • Participants build and sustain relationships with other institutes in the network.
  • With equivalent counterparts of institutes build agendas for these sub-groups in parallel working sessions.

5. Action Items: Document and publish shared action items.


  • Institute Directors and staff
  • Education and Workforce Development Team
  • Communications Team
  • Membership Working Team
  • Federal Agency Leads


  • Education and Workforce Development Team (Oct 11 – Oct 12)
  • Communications Team (Oct 11 PM)
  • Membership Working Team (Oct 10 PM)

High-level Schedule  (all events subject to change) – Agenda will be posted soon

  • Oct 10th – noon - ~8 pm  (busing available from Gaithersburg to/from DC)
    • Institute Directors Council  (afternoon)
    • Membership Working Team (afternoon)
    • Manufacturing Caucus Briefing (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Rayburn House Office Building in DC, limited attendance)
    • Manufacturing USA Exhibition (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Rayburn House Office Building in DC, all welcome to attend)
  • Oct 11th – 8 am – 6 pm
    • Education and Workforce Development Team (all day, day 1 of 2)
    • Communications Team (afternoon)
    • Plenary Session (all day)
    • No Host Social – (after 6 pm)
  • Oct 12th – 8 am - ~2 pm
    • Education and Workforce Development Team (day 2 of 2)
    • Plenary Session (8 am – 2 pm)
    • Executive Session (Institute Directors/Senior Federal Leaders only – 2 pm – 3 pm)

Holiday Inn Gaithersburg
2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

$125/night includes hot breakfast and includes Hotel Shuttle to and from NIST
(301) 948-8900

Book now >>>    Block Code: NMM Cutoff Date is 9/24/18


Homewood Suites by Hilton Gaithersburg
805 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Call (301) 670-0008  Block: NIST Manufacturing USA  Meeting 

Cutoff Date is 9/21/18

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. 

*New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. As of Monday, January 30, 2017, Federal agencies will be prohibited from accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards from the following states for accessing federal facilities: Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana and Washington. For further details, please visit:

Acceptable Photo Identification:
For Non-US Citizens: Valid passport for photo identification
For US Permanent Residents: Permanent Resident/Green card for photo identification

Created July 27, 2018, Updated September 13, 2018