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RALEIGH, N.C., April 9, 2014 — The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) will release its Manufacturing Report as a virtual e-doc on April 10, 2014. The document will showcase:

  • Statewide efforts to align manufacturing businesses with North Carolina’s educational systems.
  • Statewide work to rebrand manufacturing as a viable career option and strengthen community networks.
  • How North Carolina communities are poised to take advantage of opportunities modern manufacturing holds.

The Manufacturing Report is the culmination of IEI’s year-long and state-wide program of work around the timely and crucial issue of manufacturing in North Carolina.

Manufacturing is in the midst of a generational change. Evolving technologies, rising wage levels and transportation costs, as well as other factors, are forcing companies to reexamine where they produce.  Changes in global markets and the onset of the Great Recession have posed economic development challenges. These challenges are felt deeply in North Carolina, where output and productivity in manufacturing is increasing, while employment is declining.

In 2013, to address these challenges, IEI held a statewide Emerging Issues Forum, @ManufacturingWorks, bringing together thought leaders and community experts to discuss how to create the conditions for prosperity in manufacturing in North Carolina. Over the past year, IEI has been working to focus policymakers on the opportunities for business and job creation in next generation manufacturing. With the help of statewide partners at the NC Association of County commissioners, NC Cooperative Extension, and the NC Community College System, IEI co-hosted community forums — bringing together over 400 manufacturers, educators, city and county officials and other community leaders — on how to better align the needs of manufacturing businesses with North Carolina’s educational systems. Three themes emerged: rebranding, work-based learning, and community networks.  To connect these communities around the themes, IEI held a Google Hangout discussion with Carol King of Mass-TEC, Carla Whitlock from Apprenticeship Carolina, and Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council.

The Manufacturing Report synthesizes the knowledge and strategic recommendations gathered from across the state. It will help North Carolina position itself to tackle the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities in manufacturing. 

For more information, see our manufacturing toolkit.  

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INSTITUTE FOR EMERGING ISSUES TO RELEASE MANUFACTURING REPORT

Report to Highlight Education Alignment, Rebranding and Community Networks

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NATIONAL EXPERTS TO PARTICIPATE IN IEI ONLINE COURSE

29th annual Emerging Issues Forum speakers will engage with course participants

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IEI SPONSORS TWO COMMUNITIES’ PARTICIPATION IN GLOBAL LEADERS TO GERMANY PROGRAM

Catawba and Chatham County to send representatives to learn about manufacturing in Germany

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PARTICIPANT IDENTIFIED PRIORITIES OF EMERGING ISSUES FORUM RELEASED

Attendees identify action items to recruit, retain and support world-class teachers

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Havelock High School team wins $5,000 Prize for Innovation

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NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY LEADERS TO SPEAK AT EMERGING ISSUES FORUM

Diane Ravitch, Dan Pink, Ron Clark, Raj Chetty, Rick Hess, Bryan Hassel featured

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NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues to host 29th Annual Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate

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EMERGING ISSUES PRIZE FOR INNOVATION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

High school and college student teams awarded $5,000 for innovative community improvement ideas

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dow president and ceo andrew liveris speaks at emerging issues forum

Industry leader speaks to need for continued focus on sector to maximize revival and future potential. 

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challengewave wellness initiative expands in 2013

Innovative health, wellness and physical activity program builds success across North Carolina. 

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NATIONAL LEADERS COME TO NORTH CAROLINA TO EXAMINE AMERICAN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Redesigning Democracy Summit Hosted by Institute for Emerging Issues

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EMERGING ISSUES PRIZE FOR INNOVATION FINALISTS CHOSEN

Student teams awarded $1,000 for their innovative community improvement ideas.

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INSTITUTE FOR EMERGING ISSUES HOSTS 2012 DISCOVERY FORUM

Second annual social entrepreneurship & community improvement event.

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INSTITUTE FOR EMERGING ISSUES TO HOST NATIONAL PANEL ONLINE

North Carolina think-and-do tank brings influencers together to discuss the appeal of manufacturing to younger audience:
Making It Cool: Gen Z Meets Manufacturing

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WHY MANUFACTURING WORKS FOR NORTH CAROLINA

Institute for Emerging Issues announces newest program topic

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