Manufacturing output and employment are steadily growing for the first time in nearly ten years, according to Penny Pritzker – Commerce Secretary. She opened with this information at The Big M, a conference focused on manufacturing and technology.
There is a revitalization and regeneration in the manufacturing and technology industries that is starting to happen, and it’s an opportunity to usher in new jobs and new investors. Pritzker commented on this opportunity U.S. manufacturers have,
“America cannot afford to be left behind,” she said. “We have to do better and we have to do more.”
This manufacturing boom can partially be credited to the Commerce Department’s plan to make the United States manufacturing and technology sector a highly sought after area for both domestic and foreign investors. This allows for more workers trained, more jobs, more investments and a stronger manufacturing sector of our economy.
Thriving manufacturing areas of the United States will be introduced to Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership network (IMCP). It is a development program, funded by our federal government, which distributes 12 grants to perpetuate the continued growth regions are already experiencing in the manufacturing sector. This program focuses on worker training, a priceless tool all manufacturing professionals need.
“For America to compete, it is all of our responsibility to educate and train the workforce,” said Pritzker.
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