February 2013 Newsletter

february 2013

It’s not every day you can watch a Darth Vader replica being manufactured or hear from a young man who received an organ printed from his own cells. 

Those are just two of the fascinating examples of new manufacturing highlighted last week at the 28th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, @Manufacturing Works.

Emerging Issues Forum, 2013, Manufacturing, Vision, Raleigh Convention Center, evolution, NC, NC People, community, opportunities, Steve Exum, exumphopto.com, Peyton Lea, Griffin Hart Davis, W. RANDOLPH WOODSON, JAMES B. HUNT, JR., ANITA R. BROWN-GRAHAM, PETER HANS, ANDREW LIVERIS, BONNIE RENFRO, TOM KURFESS, JIM OWENS, KAY HAGAN, RICHARD BURR, TIM BOYUM, ERIC NAKAJIMA, DIANE DUFF, GART DAVIS, JAMES WIND, LEAH BROWN, ANTHONY ATALA, JORGE PIEDRAHITA, CHRIS ANDERSON, STEVE NELSON, DANAE RINGELMANN, ALY KHALIFA, JAMES B. HUNT, JR., NANCY MCFARLANE, TOM BARRETT, JOHN CAMPBELL, WILL SAGAR, SHARON DECKER, BILLY RAY HALL, LEW EBERT, JAYNE FLEENER, RON MAHLE, LONNIE LOVE, JUNE ATKINSON, MACHELLE SANDERS, JENNIFER MCNELLY, GARY GREEN, AMOGH BHONDE, SCOTT RALLS, TERRI HELMLINGER RATCLIFF, WILL POWERS, BARRY JOHNSON, TOM ROSS, PAT MCCRORY, JAMES B. HUNT, JR.

More than 1,000 people attended this year’s Forum, and another 2,000 of you tuned in online to hear from a first-rate, community of makers: manufacturers, support organizations, government officials and educators. In breakout sessions, sponsored by each of the state’s seven regional economic development partnerships, Forum attendees considered how to grow specific types of manufacturing in their regions.

In the days since the Forum, we have had a lot of calls and emails from many of you. Thank you for the kind words, and also for pushing us to do more. Below are answers to some of your inquiries.

What came out of @manufacturing works?

By the end of the Forum, attendees had identified three strategies to build our manufacturing economy in North Carolina:

  1. Better align manufacturing businesses and North Carolina’s educational systems.
  2. Develop a long-term infrastructure plan for North Carolina, one that includes deep-water ports, air travel, roadways, highways/interstates, railroad systems, and broadband.
  3. Rebrand manufacturing as a career option promoting the value of careers and related training in manufacturing.

It was wonderful to hear Governor Pat McCrory speak to each of the three priority strategies at the close of the Forum. Governor McCrory announced that he would create a new position, an Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing in the North Carolina Department of Commerce, to maintain focus on this important sector. He also asked the Secretary of Transportation, Tony Tata to develop a 25-50 year infrastructure plan for our state. Finally, Governor McCrory said he would work with the North Carolina Education Council to support further coordination among our educational systems.

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what can we do in our communities?

We know many of you are working hard to build a manufacturing economy in your own communities. Tell us how you’re connecting businesses and educatorsdeveloping infrastructure plans, and seeking to rebrand manufacturing in your communities by adding your story in the Emerging Issues Commons.  

Is IEI Through with its Work on Manufacturing?

Absolutely not. We understand that much of this work to build makers in our state will take place in communities. As such, we will offer local forums in counties across the state this spring. Specific dates for county forums will be available in March.  

How Can I Access Materials from the Forum?

Videos of all speakers and panelists will be available next week, so stay tuned to our website. In the meantime, take a moment to watch these behind-the-scenes interviews with our Forum speakers from News 14.  

Also, find out how much you know about new manufacturing in North Carolina in our interactive quiz, and listen to the stories of new manufacturers throughout our state in these short videos

Thank you for making this year’s Forum such a success, and for all the enthusiasm for the work ahead. We’re looking forward to working with you to make manufacturing work for North Carolina. 

Anita

Engage!

Forum speaker Jorge Pietrahida and the College of Veterinary Medicine will be giving a seminar on regenerative medicine and pet health on Feb. 23. Interested? Read more here.

Apply for the Health IT Innovation Awards presented by Intel. These awards are designed for products that use information technology, analytics and consumer engagement to improve healthcare systems. Learn more here

Apply to be a Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellow. This program works to develop future leaders who will work to improve health in rural areas and other underserved communities in North Carolina. Click here to learn more.

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 2013 emerging issues forum photos

Visit our web gallery to view photos from the 28th annual Emerging Issues Forum.
Emerging Issues Forum, 2013, Manufacturing, Vision, Raleigh Convention Center, evolution, NC, NC People, community, opportunities, Steve Exum, exumphopto.com, Peyton Lea, Griffin Hart Davis, W. RANDOLPH WOODSON, JAMES B. HUNT, JR., ANITA R. BROWN-GRAHAM, PETER HANS, ANDREW LIVERIS, BONNIE RENFRO, TOM KURFESS, JIM OWENS, KAY HAGAN, RICHARD BURR, TIM BOYUM, ERIC NAKAJIMA, DIANE DUFF, GART DAVIS, JAMES WIND, LEAH BROWN, ANTHONY ATALA, JORGE PIEDRAHITA, CHRIS ANDERSON, STEVE NELSON, DANAE RINGELMANN, ALY KHALIFA, JAMES B. HUNT, JR., NANCY MCFARLANE, TOM BARRETT, JOHN CAMPBELL, WILL SAGAR, SHARON DECKER, BILLY RAY HALL, LEW EBERT, JAYNE FLEENER, RON MAHLE, LONNIE LOVE, JUNE ATKINSON, MACHELLE SANDERS, JENNIFER MCNELLY, GARY GREEN, AMOGH BHONDE, SCOTT RALLS, TERRI HELMLINGER RATCLIFF, WILL POWERS, BARRY JOHNSON, TOM ROSS, PAT MCCRORY, JAMES B. HUNT, JR.

learn more about manufacturing in the emerging issues commons

Want to learn more about manufacturing in North Carolina? Visit the Emerging Issues Commons for county level data, stories from NC manufacturers, ideas and more to improve the sector for our state. 

forum speakerS: behind the scenes interviews

Watch these behind-the-scenes interviews from Forum speakers and panelists from News 14.  
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