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Three locals to advise Obama on manufacturing

By Josh Richman
Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 12:34 pm in economy, Obama presidency.

Several Bay Area people will serve on the new steering committee for President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the White House announced Thursday.

The president created the partnership in 2011 to bring industry, academia and government together to revitalize the manufacturing sector and boost the nation’s global competitiveness.

Among those on the new committee are University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks; Ajit Manocha, CEO of Milpitas-based semiconductor manufacturer GLOBALFOUNDRIES; and Mike Splinter, executive board chairman of Santa Clara-based Applied Materials Inc.

The original steering committee issued a report last year, “Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing,” that called for sustaining U.S. investments in science, technology, and innovation; establishing a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, a set of public-private partnerships to build shared high-tech facilities and advance U.S. leadership in emerging technologies; upgrading community-college workforce training programs and deploying the talent of returning veterans to meet critical manufacturing skills needs; and improving the business climate for manufacturing investment through tax, regulatory, energy, and trade reform.

The new steering committee will build on that work, functioning as a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and in partnership with the National Economic Council, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Commerce Department. It’s also going to hold regional working sessions and forums designed to find examples of innovative strategies to build manufacturing competitiveness.

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  • RRSenileColumnist

    Names omitted: Sum Ting Wong and Ro Yo Boot

  • Elwood

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling and it’s all the evil Republicans fault. Don’t believe me? Just listen to, watch or read the lamestream media. They will explain it all to you. No mention will be made of the dimmiecrat Senate’s refusal to negotiate or the high and mighty Feckless Leader’s position of “It’s my way or the highway”. Bad Republicans! Bad! Bad! Bad!

  • JohnW

    Manufacturing is coming back to the USA. Problem is, not enough jobs are coming along with it. The three factors of production — land, labor and capital — are become more capital, less land and even less labor. That’s making USA-based production more competitive but not an engine of job growth.

  • JohnW

    At least during the last shutdown in 1995, the GOP controlled both the House and Senate and could claim a mandate of sorts. It was a huge success. It set Clinton on the path to re-election.