BUILDING HIGH-PERFORMANCE SME CLUSTERS FOR AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
December 5, 2018
1101 K Street NW 610A
Washington, DC 20005
There has been considerable research in the last decade showing how firms and national economies can take either a low road or a high road to achieve global competitiveness. The low road is marked by low wages, lower-skilled workers, and less investment in innovation.
For the United States, one important step to ensure success on the high road will be cultivating more and better clusters of small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturing firms that collaborate closely with universities and community colleges. Clusters like these spur development and adoption of new technologies. They provide an environment in which manufacturers can train workers with relevant, up-to-date skills while providing generous benefits. They provide foundations for robust forward and backward supplier relationships with strong integration across regional and sectoral supply chains. And they produce vibrant communities with strong digital, physical, and regulatory infrastructures to support SMEs.
Please join ITIF for a morning conference exploring how digital technologies are reshaping modern manufacturing, how U.S. SME manufactures can take advantage of these technologies and learn from peers, and what policymakers can do to help foster high-performance SME manufacturing clusters that will bolster American economic competitiveness in the 21st century.
DMDII Executive Director Chandra Brown will speak on a panel entitled How Manufacturing Digitalization Transforms the Landscape of Global Manufacturing Competition.
Learn more and register here.