Manufacturing is important to Massachusetts
Massachusetts manufacturers are world-class companies that are an essential part of the state’s innovation economy. Today’s manufacturing is growing and offers outstanding career opportunities in communities throughout the state. Major studies by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University show that advanced manufacturing is vibrant, but cannot continue to compete without the kind of sustained collaboration between industry, academia and government that have been critical to growth in so many of our key industry clusters. Today, with the strong support of Governor Patrick and the Legislature, the industry-led Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative is focused on improving the competitive conditions on which our manufacturers can compete and thrive.
The Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative has launched new initiatives to promote manufacturing and help regions throughout the state improve the ability of manufacturers to find the workers they need to compete, and for people to get the training they need to get started.
To stay current with the work or if you are interested in getting involved with the Collaborative, contact Eric Nakajima, one of the chairs of the Collaborative.
About the AMC
On November 28, 2011, Governor Patrick announced the launch of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) – a group comprised of leaders from industry, academia and government that has come together to enhance the competitiveness of Massachusetts manufacturing and lead the national effort to revitalize this country as a place that makes things. The AMC is working to execute a five-point agenda that reflects a year-long dialogue with the state’s business and academic leaders through Governor Patrick’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative steering committee, originally convened in May 2010. The agenda reflects the steering committee’s thoughts on promoting manufacturing, workforce development, technical assistance and innovation, the cost of doing business, and access to capital.
The work of the AMC aligns Massachusetts with President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and seven other states through the National Governors Association Center of Best Practices Policy Academy on Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation.
The AMC is governed by a 16-member Executive Committee. Five working groups (one for each of the agenda items in the roadmap document) are responsible determining near- and long-term actionable items to be carried out.
- Ed Leyden, Ben Franklin Design
- Mitch Tyson, Tyson Associates
- Eric Nakajima, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (Designee of Secretary Greg Bialecki)
23 additional members:
- Ted Acworth, Artaic
- Abi Barrow, PhD, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
- Alicia Barton, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
- Barry Bluestone, PhD, Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University
- James Capistran, UMass Amherst
- Veda Clark, Interim CEO and Senior Advisor, Zedare Consulting
- Al Cotton, Nypro
- Senator Sal DiDomenico, Massachusetts State Senate
- Joanna Dowling, Custom Group
- Representative John Fernandes, Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Brian Gilmore, Associated Industries of Massachusetts
- Jack Healy, MassMEP
- Michael Hunter, Massachusetts Office of Business Development
- Daniel Ryan, Raytheon
- Marty Jones, MassDevelopment
- Patrick Larkin, Innovation Institute at Massachusetts Tech. Collaborative
- Patrick Madigan, Minimum Process Consulting
- Linda Moulton, Tru Corporation
- Elisabeth Reynolds, PhD, MIT
- Randy Sablich, Metrigraphics
- Nancy Snyder, Commonwealth Corporation (Designee for Secretary Joanne Goldstein, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development)
- Michael Tamasi, AccuRounds
- Susan Windham Bannister, PhD, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
- Led by industry co-chairs who serve on the Executive Committee
- Populated by representatives from industry, academia, government, and other stakeholders