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NIST MEP Sets Up One-Stop Shop for Manufacturing-Related Research and Reports; Seeks Nominations for Advisory Board; Department of Commerce Also Invites Applications for Seats on Manufacturing Council
Nov 13, 2013

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST MEP) has announced a new website where users can find a collection of reports and studies on manufacturing policy and practice.

The site is intended to serve as a resource for the manufacturing community and to fuel vibrant discussion and debate about the future of manufacturing in the United States. (The posting of these works does not necessarily imply that NIST MEP endorses the views they express.)

The new website offers reports and research organized by topic area, including:

  • Current State of Manufacturing
  • Innovation, R&D, and IP
  • Capital & Cost
  • Global Competitiveness
  • Federal/Industrial Collaboration
  • Education & Workforce
  • Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
  • Best Practices
  • Productivity
  • Sustainability
  • Supply Chain

NIST has also announced it is seeking nominations for appointment to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board. The November 8, 2013 Federal Register provides complete background, Board responsibilities and service requirements, and instructions regarding the nomination process.

The Department of Commerce has also announced it is currently seeking applications from representatives of the U.S. manufacturing industry to fill five vacant positions on the Manufacturing Council. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing and to provide a forum for regular communication between the U.S. Government and the manufacturing sector.

Applications are due by December 6, 2013. The Department notes, in part:

… (we) will consider such factors as, but not limited to, the candidate's proven experience in promoting, developing and marketing programs in support of manufacturing industries, job creation in the manufacturing sector, or the candidate's proven abilities to manage manufacturing organizations. Given the duties and objectives of the Council, the Department particularly seeks applicants who are active manufacturing executives (Chief Executive Officer, President, or a comparable level of responsibility) that are leaders within their local manufacturing communities and industry sectors. The Council's membership shall reflect the diversity of American manufacturing by representing a balanced cross-section of the U.S. manufacturing industry in terms of industry sectors, geographic locations, demographics, and company size, particularly seeking the representation of small- and medium-sized enterprises …

Full background / nomination process …

Also see:

Training and Employment Notice 38-11: Benefits of Collaboration Between State/Local Workforce Investment Boards and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program

Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model