Department of Commerce Secretary, John Bryson spells on multifaceted effort to press forward with national programs to revitalize American Manufacturing:
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Excellent article on US #Mfg resurgence potential RT @reuters: Manufacturing can thrive but struggles for respect t.co/rsqfcCxc
Key point of this solid, in-depth article is the need to focus on our Engineering education gap.
In 1957, the USSR kicked our butt in the first leg of the Space Race with the launch of the Sputnik satellite. The alarm was so great, that it galvanized our government to act, resulting in a huge effort to educate more scientists and engineers. This national effort resulted in the US leading in technology for many decades.
When the Reagan Administration empowered the off-shoring of American Manufacturing, we began to see the decline of science and engineering and the rise of Wall Street MBA wizards, making money with other peoples money - but not truly "making" anything of tangible value.
Fast forward to the Bush II years, and the historic collapse of the financial gold rush of the last 20 years, we now see the folly of these "get rich by speculation" schemes.
The way forward to a stronger US economy, with a brighter future for the middle class, is a sustained focus on revitalization of our manufacturing sector.
We have said it before ... Moms and Dads, please help your daughters and sons become engineers and scientists! They will build a better future for us all.
Support US Manufacturing and it will support you, America.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
skill gap in local workforce leads to loss of biz "@NewsLeaderNOW: Biotech firm ARG leaving Staunton dlvr.it/10DfZJ" lessons learned?
SAW Economic Development folks need to press local school boards and partner with area colleges to continue to encourage a stronger supply of scientists and engineers. Biotech is a high potential business sector, and we need to press on for progress in fostering a workforce that is attractive to this sector.
Educators at BRCC and JMU get this concept. Not so sure local government leaders are up-to-speed on this issue.
Hopefully there will be some lessons learned with the loss of this biotech company.