Emerging Issues Forum

North Carolina’s Manufacturing Vision Statement

Manufacturing is in the midst of a generational change, disrupting the economic and cultural fabric of North Carolina. Despite significant job losses in some traditional industries, our state’s economic output in manufacturing is the fourth highest in the country and the largest contributor to North Carolina’s gross domestic product.

North Carolina’s manufacturing sector leads a vibrant, innovative economy with networked communities, a growing entrepreneurial and maker culture, and a strong commercial finance sector.

Through strong statewide leadership, North Carolina will emphasize the critical importance of traditional and next generation manufacturing to its core economy. North Carolina commits to investment in strong supporting institutions, a highly skilled workforce, developing globally and locally networked communities, and a world-class infrastructure that creates logistical advantages and the agility to respond to the technological pace of change.

This vision statement was developed by the Institute for Emerging Issues Working Group.


Monday, February 11, 2013

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8:00 – 8:20 a.m. Opening Session

W.Randolph Woodson
, Chancellor, North Carolina State University
James B. Hunt, Jr., Former Governor, State of North Carolina & Chair, Institute for Emerging Issues
Anita R. Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

8:20 – 9:05 a.m. Reviving America’s Manufacturing

Introduction by Peter Hans, Chair, University of North Carolina Board of Governors & Senior Policy Advisor, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough


Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company

9:10 – 9:35 a.m. A National Manufacturing Blueprint

Introduction by Bonnie Renfro, Past-President, North Carolina Economic Developers Association & President, Randolph County Economic Development Corporation


Tom Kurfess, Assistant Director, Advanced Manufacturing, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

9:35 – 10:15 a.m. The View from Capitol Hill

Moderated by Jim Owens, Retired CEO, Caterpillar


Kay Hagan, Senator, U.S. Congress
Richard Burr, Senator, U.S. Congress

10:30 – 10:55 a.m. State Spotlight: Making Manufacturing Work In massachusetts

Introduction by Tim Boyum, Anchor and Host of Capital Tonight, News 14 Carolina


Eric Nakajima, Assistant Secretary for Innovation Policy, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, State of Massachusetts

10:55 – 11:05 a.m. Emerging Issues Prize: High School Division

11:05 – 11:45 a.m. Navigating Export Opportunities

Moderated by Diane Duff, Executive Director, Southern Governors Association


Gart Davis, Co-Founder & Partner, Spoonflower
James Wind, Chief Financial Officer, Flow Sciences, Inc.

11:45 – 12:30 p.m. A New Manufacturing Cluster – Living organs

Moderated by Leah Brown, President and CEO, A10 Clinical Solutions


Anthony Atala, Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine & Chair, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Jorge Piedrahita, Professor of Genomics and Director, Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, NC State University

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. LuncH: A New Manufacturing Marketplace – Integrated and DIY


Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics & Former Editor, Wired Magazine 

2:15 – 4:00 p.m. Regional Manufacturing Conversations: Breakout Sessions

The sessions will cover the regional variation in manufacturing, ignite a conversation about how to close the skills gap and life up communities that are successfully working to grow the manufacturing economy. The sessions will be supplemented by data on the region’s manufacturing picture to more carefully craft a dialogue for participants.

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Emerging Issues Prize: College Division

4:15 – 4:55 p.m.  New Platforms for Funding the Years Ahead

Session Introduced by Steve Nelson, Partner & Managing Director, The Wakefield Group


Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder, Indiegogo
Aly Khalifa, Design & Managing Director, Gamil Design
Marc Noel, Founder & CEO, Acorn Innovestments, LLC

4:55 – 5:00 p.m. Closing

James B. Hunt, Jr.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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8:00 – 8:10 a.m. Insights on manufacturing in north carolina

Anita R. Brown-Graham

8:10 – 9:10 a.m. Community Spotlight: Manufacturing Success

Session Introduction by Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh


Tom Barrett, Mayor, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
John Campbell, Chairman of the Board, WasteZero
Will Sagar, Executive Director, Southeast Recycling Development Council

9:10 – 9:50 a.m. RESPONDING to regional sessions

Anita R. Brown-Graham


Sharon Decker, Secretary, N.C. Department of Commerce
Billy Ray Hall, President, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center
Lew Ebert, President and CEO, North Carolina Chamber

10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Rebranding Manufacturing: Involving K-12 Educators

Moderated by Jayne Fleener, Dean, College of Education, NC State University


Ron Mahle, Assistant Director, Monroe-Union County Economic Development
Steven Rotman, Owner and President, Ameritech Die and Mold
Lonnie Love, Group Leader, Automation, Robotics & Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National Labs
June Atkinson, Superintendent, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. Specializing Skills in Community Colleges

Moderated by Machelle Sanders, Vice-President, Manufacturing & General Manager, Biogen Idec


Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers
Gary Green, President, Forsyth Technical Community College
Amogh Bhonde, Plant Manager, Siemens Energy
Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System

11:40 – 12:30 P.m. Manufacturing and the university system: R&D Collaboration

Moderated by Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff, Executive Director, Industrial Extension Services, NC State University


Will Powers, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Rolls-Royce North America
Barry Johnson, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Virginia, Board Chair of Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Tom Ross, President, The University of North Carolina

12:30 – 1:40 P.m. Lunch: The Agenda Ahead

Introduction by James B. Hunt, Jr.


Pat McCrory, Governor, State of North Carolina

1:40 – 1:45 P.m. Recognition of Last year’s Emerging Issues Prize winners

Studio Lounge- Richmond Senior High School
LinkedUp- University of NOrth Carolina at Greensboro

1:45 – 1:55 P.M. Awarding the emerging issues price for innovation

W. Randolph Woodson, NC State University
Pat McCrory, Governor, State of North Carolina
High School Prize Winner
College Prize Winner

1:55 – 2:00 p.m. Closing

James B. Hunt, Jr.

*This agenda is subject to change.