Wisconsin has been selected to participate in the year-long Policy Academy on Strengthening Your State’s Manufacturers. Wisconsin will join Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont for a collaborative, custom-built experience to assist manufacturers.
The Policy Academy on Strengthening Your State’s Manufacturers is a National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership program organized by the State Science and Technology Institute and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. It’s designed to help selected states collaborate to build on existing strategies, leverage resources and create new approaches to challenges and opportunities within the manufacturing sector.
The academy will guide state teams through a planning and implementation process based on state-specific needs and goals to identify relevant manufacturing-related practices, partnerships and policies to move their economic development strategies forward. Each team of four to 10 members will receive customized facilitation and additional assistance, with access to national experts, like-minded colleagues and other resources.
“Manufacturing is a central and vital aspect of Wisconsin’s economy,” said Tricia Braun, chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “We are thrilled to be selected for the academy and look forward to collaborating with other states in order to build upon Wisconsin’s successful manufacturing base and develop new initiatives and strategies to improve manufacturing across the country.”
Participating states were required to submit a proposal including a letter of application and a home team composition with a list of confirmed members as well as a narrative that describes manufacturing issues to be addressed in the state, policy academy objectives and a plan for implementation.
Wisconsin’s proposal was drafted in collaboration between WEDC and the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity. The state’s application, which was signed by Gov. Tony Evers, featured four major themes facing Wisconsin: economic growth, stronger supply chains, improved rural manufacturing and identification of opportunities to leverage limited resources.
Representatives from relevant Wisconsin state agencies, academia and private industry will make up the Wisconsin team, which will be traveling to Washington, D.C., for a kickoff meeting Aug. 19-20.