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Input Sought for 'Next Generation' Manufacturing Programs

July 12, 2004

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) recently released reports making recommendations to address the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry. One of the recommendations in the NAPA report suggests creating a strategic plan that articulates the "next generation" of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). To gather public comment on the strategic plan and respond to both reports' recommendations, MEP will hold a series of regional roundtables and webcasts this summer:

  • July 14, webcast
  • July 19, Cleveland
  • July 20, Detroit
  • July 21, Minneapolis
  • July 23, webcast
  • July 26, Orlando
  • July 27, Dallas
  • July 28, Los Angeles
  • August 2, Washington, D.C.
  • August 3, webcast

All of the above events run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to register, visit http://www.mep.nist.gov/competition/intro.htm. The Commerce and NAPA reports, respectively, are available at: http://www.manufacturing.gov and http://www.napawash.org/Pubs/NIST6-2-04.pdf