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SOURCE University of Virginia Miller Center
Report First in a Series on Restoring Middle-Class Jobs and American Dream
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A University of Virginia Miller Center commission, chaired by former Governors Haley Barbour and Evan Bayh, today released a report offering innovative, non-partisan, and actionable ideas on creating manufacturing jobs, which have been an engine of well-paying, middle-class employment throughout U.S. history.
"Building a Nation of Makers" proposes six ideas to accelerate the pace of innovation for America's small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs.) The report is the first in the Milstein Symposium, a series that is focusing on restoring the American Dream. The report can be found at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/milstein/MilsteinReport-Manufacturing.pdf, and a summary is available at http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/milstein/MilsteinExecSummary-Manufacturing.pdf . Proposals include:
"The main goal is producing quality employees for our workforce so SMEs can grow, prosper and provide more jobs, higher pay, better benefits, local and regional economic growth and a bigger, more competitive American economy: That is the social benefit, first and foremost," said Barbour and Bayh.
Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center, said, "Over the next decade, advanced technologies, major shifts in global demand, and greater emphasis on customization will fundamentally redefine manufacturing and create significant growth potential for SMEs. But for American firms to thrive, we must out-innovate the global competition."
The second Milstein Symposium commission, chaired by AOL founder Steve Case and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, is examining job creation through entrepreneurship. A third, chaired by former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will focus on employment created by infrastructure investment. The commissions are part of the Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century.
"Working with the Miller Center, we created the Milstein Symposium to develop practical, nonpartisan solutions to some of the most pressing economic issues facing our nation, and especially the middle class, in areas that include manufacturing, entrepreneurship, education, and infrastructure. Our topic areas are broad, but our vision for this ambitious undertaking is laser-like in its focus: to examine the steps our nation needs to take to ensure the continued vitality of the American Dream in the 21st century," said philanthropist and entrepreneur Howard P. Milstein.
Besides Barbour and Bayh, other members of the commission on manufacturing include:
Support for the Milstein Symposium is provided through the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation and Emigrant Bank.
More information is available at http://millercenter.org/conferences/2013/milstein.
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