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MEP National Network Update Meeting

MEP National Network Update Meeting

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Please join us for the

2018 MEP National NetworkTM Update Meeting

The Future in Mind


NIST MEP will host the Fall 2018 MEP National NetworkTM Update Meeting in Kansas City, MO during the afternoon of September 11 and the morning of September 12, 2018. 

The Meeting kickoff on the afternoon of September 11 will be hosted by Missouri Enterprise and will feature a keynote address from NIST Director Dr. Walt Copan. Update and working session topics are expected to include:

  • Implementing the MEP National Network 2017-2022 Strategic Plan; 18-month, 5- & 10-year measures of success;
  • Network updates on Cybersecurity and Defense Industrial Base/Supply Chain activities;
  • Updates on Competitive Awards Program (CAP) initiatives;
  • Projects resulting from embedding MEP Center staff at the Manufacturing USA institutes;
  • Developing a national learning system; and
  • Evolving performance management system.  

The Update Meeting is intended for Center leadership and staff to learn more about activities occurring across the MEP National Network, changes in manufacturing and how best to position the Network to provide these services to strengthen and empower U.S. manufacturers. These meetings provide participants an opportunity to collaborate with the MEP National Network while learning about the latest initiatives, strategies and tools from NIST MEP. 

Come join us for a highly interactive program!


Auxiliary Events Around the Meeting

Optional sessions to provide additional in-depth information will take place the morning of Tuesday, September 11. Additionally, the open meeting of the MEP Advisory Board will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 12. And the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence (FORME) is holding its Center Best Practice Conference immediately following the MEP National Network Update Meeting, September 12-14. The FORME event requires a separate registration. Learn More

The MEP National Network Update Meeting will be held September 11th – 12th with two half days of programming.  The official kick-off time is 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 11th and is planned to conclude close to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th

Additional optional sessions with opportunities to explore the latest details on the MEP Embedding Projects and Competitive Awards Program (CAP) will take place the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, starting at 8:30 a.m.  

The MEP Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 beginning at 2:00 p.m. and conclude by 6:00 p.m.  This meeting is open to all interested in attending. 

To view both the Update Meeting and Advisory Board agendas (draft until marked final), click the links below.


FINAL Agenda National Network Update Meeting Sept 2018 v1.pdf

FINAL Agenda MEP Advisory Board Sept 2018.pdf

Room Block is SOLD OUT for Tuesday night, 9/11/2018

Attendees can still reserve on the hotel’s website or call the hotel at (816) 421-6800 for the best available rate. There are also numerous hotels within walking distance of the meeting hotel.

A room block has been reserved at the:

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

(816) 421-6800

Room Rate: $121/night (per diem rate)
To reserve a room in the block visit

If calling the hotel, please be sure to reference the "MEP National Network Update Meeting" group name in order to receive the discounted room rate. The cutoff date for the room block reservations is  Friday, August 17, 2018.

Attention Federal Government Employees: When making a reservation, please make sure to notify the hotel that you are a government employee to ensure you are not charged any taxes for your stay.  If booking online, be sure to clarify during the check-in process.

Created July 11, 2018, Updated September 11, 2018