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Manufacturing Council Subcommittees to Discuss “Workforce and Public Perception of Manufacturing; Department of Defense Releases Manufacturing Institute Solicitation Noting “Workforce Development Core Aspect”
Jul 8, 2013
The Manufacturing Council was re-chartered on April 5, 2012, to advise the Secretary of Commerce on government programs and policies that affect U.S. manufacturing and provide a means of ensuring regular contact between the U.S. Government and the manufacturing sector.


The Manufacturing Council will hold a July 23 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) meeting at the Department of Commerce to discuss its work focus.

This will be the first meeting since the Council established subcommittees. The four subcommittees --

  • Workforce and Public Perception of Manufacturing
  • Innovation, Research and Development
  • Tax Policy and Export Growth
  • Manufacturing Energy Policy

-- will share with the full Council the key issues they will address in their specific subcommittee, presenting the scope of their proposed work for the remainder of their term to the full Council for discussion.   Click here for full background, registration process, and procedures for requesting a speaking opportunity,

The Department of Defense-led Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation has announced the “Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute.”  Click here for the solicitation.  The Proposers’ Day is July 9 in Falls Church, Virginia.  This is a restricted solicitation limited to independent U.S. non-profit organizations. The Government encourages small businesses to participate through teaming arrangements with the lead non-profit organization. 

The workforce community may wish to note this excerpt from the solicitation regarding the Institute’s responsibilities:

Integrative education, training, and workforce development shall be a core, sustained aspect of the Institute’s mission given this area’s importance to the long-term health of the defense and U.S. industrial bases. The Institute must foster active partnerships between academia and industry as well as involving industry associations, professional societies, and economic development entities in these education and development efforts. Institute programs should be linked to, and leverage effectively, regional and national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) frameworks. The Institute must house and sustain rigorous educational programs that delineate career pathways with multiple entry and exit points for students and incumbent workers. The Institute should integrate undergraduate research experiences, industry internships, and apprentice programs within its programs. Mechanisms should exist to enable secondary schools, community and technical colleges, and four-year institutions to all participate in the Institute with a strong emphasis on community and technical colleges in preparing the manufacturing technician workforce. The Government also expects programs that inform and provide professional development for teachers and faculty.