Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | August 7, 2012

Congressional Conversation on Advanced Manufacturing

Today, Chamber representatives attended a Congressional Conversation on Advanced Manufacturing sponsored by The New England Council and hosted by Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda. The conversation featured Congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin as well as Connecticut Congressmen John Larson and Joe Courtney. The event also featured keynote speaker, Michael Molinar, Chief Manufacturing Officer of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, and Director of the interagency National Program Office for Advanced Manufacturing. The conversation also included three panel discussions on topics of federal investment in Innovation: Creating Access for Manufacturers; Workforce Preparation for Emerging Manufacturing Capabilities and Advancing New England Manufacturing, Creating Global Markets for New England Products. Panelist and Chamber member Steve Lane, Chairman and Chief Venture Officer for Ximedica commented on the federal government’s recently imposed tax on medical devices as a hindrance to their expansion plans in the U.S. and cited their next expansion plans include Singapore instead of California. All of the panelists agreed on the importance of fostering advanced manufacturing as a national strategy since for every manufacturing job created, 2.5 – 3 other jobs are supported.

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