AMPing Up Manufacturing in America
Yesterday, President Obama strengthened his commitment to revitalizing manufacturing in the United States by naming Commerce Secretary John Bryson co-chair of the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy with National Economic Council Chair Gene Sperling.
Manufacturing, specifically “Making it in America,” is a cornerstone of a robust economy and sustained economic growth. That’s why the President appointed high-ranking Federal officials like John Bryson and Gene Sperling to lead his Office of Manufacturing Policy, and it’s why he launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) this past June in Pittsburgh.
AMP is a government/university/industry collaboration, and its objective is to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States. More than 1,000 people have shared ideas with the AMP Steering Committee at a series of regional meetings on how best to make it in America. Entrepreneurs, manufacturing leaders, public officials, educators, students, and interested members of the public joined members of the AMP Steering Committee—co-chaired by Andrew Liveris, chief executive of Dow Chemical, and Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—at Georgia Tech (October 14), MIT(November 28), University of California – Berkeley (December 5), and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (December 12).
The participants discussed key advanced manufacturing topics, including technology development, education and workforce development, and shared infrastructure and facilities. They also heard from private-sector leaders representing a wide range of manufacturing sectors and from Federal and state policy-makers. Video archives of the meetings are linked through the AMP website.
One highlight of the regional meetings was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s announcement of a roadmap his state developed to win the global competition for cutting-edge manufacturing jobs and investments. “We’re going to AMP up manufacturing here in Massachusetts,” Governor Patrick said. “Advanced manufacturing … can help revive the economy and win the future…if we work together.”
Complementary investments by industry, government, and academia can create high-paying, high-skill jobs making sophisticated products—a proposition that is already being proven in Massachusetts. Worcester, Springfield, and Boston rank among the top 20 cities in the country for job growth, and Massachusetts as a whole added 4,400 manufacturing jobs in the past year.
AMP was formed in response to recommendations in a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The AMP Steering Committee welcomes ideas from all over America and from all kinds of people and organizations. Check out the “get involved” page on the AMP website and let us know how to help you win the future in advanced manufacturing.
David Hart is Assistant Director for Innovation Policy at OSTP