Governors Report on How to Grow Advanced Manufacturing

February 25, 2013

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Policy Academy had teams from eight states track their efforts to develop new strategies to strengthen advanced manufacturing.  The results from the year-long study are reported in “Making” Our Future: What States Are Doing to Encourage Growth in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investment.  Teams from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania participated. Collectively, this comprises 30 percent of total U.S. manufacturing gross domestic product, one third of U.S. manufacturing jobs and over 25 percent of U.S. manufacturing exports.  The report focuses on workforce education and business innovation, university-industry partnerships and public and private sector entrepreneurship.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recognized “it is important that governors continue to learn so they are able to determine the best way forward, ensuring good businesses and jobs for our citizens.”  The 48 page report goes into more detail on how states established new programs, redesigned organizations or created new ones, passed legislation, and secured funding allocations for their manufacturing priorities.

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