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TRI-C logoDesigning for Impact II:
Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

July 9, 2012
Cuyahoga Community College, Corporate College East, Warrensville Heights, Ohio

This regional workshop, second in a series to be held across the nation, provides an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas to design the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

This Designing for Impact workshop will acquaint U.S. manufacturing stakeholders with the principles and concepts motivating this public-private national initiative, as proposed in the President's budget for Fiscal Year 2013, and will provide a forum for public discussion of this new initiative. Most of the workshop will be devoted to interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure the NNMI and its regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs).

Join other regional manufacturing stakeholders. Share your perspectives on how best to strengthen the U.S. innovation infrastructure to help manufacturers improve capabilities, develop new, advanced products and processes, gain market share, and create new jobs, directly and indirectly.

The Designing for Impact workshop series is organized by the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), in cooperation with stakeholders and local organizations. AMNPO partner agencies include the Department of Commerce and its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Defense, Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Science Foundation. Local hosts for this Designing for Impact II event include the NASA Glenn Research Center, Cuyahoga Community College, and Case Western Reserve University.

Conceived to address strategic gaps in the U.S. innovation system, the NNMI will be as a network of up to 15 regional hubs—Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs)—that will connect research discoveries and ideas for new technologies and products with current U.S. manufacturers as well as with the start-up firms of tomorrow. Regional collaborations will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications and to support education and training of an advanced manufacturing workforce.

The President has requested $1 billion in one-time funding to build the NNMI. The federal investment would be matched by funding from the private sector and state and local government organizations. The interactive discussion sessions will focus on four topics key to the success of individual IMIs and the NNMI:

- Technologies with Broad Impact,
- Institute Structure and Governance,
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and
- Education and Workforce Development.
exterior of Cuyahoga Community College

Input gathered during this and other Designing for Impact workshops, and received in response to the Request for Information (RFI) that was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2012, will help to shape the vision, goals, and organization of the IMIs and the entire network.

Who Should Attend

The NNMI is a collaborative effort to improve the U.S. manufacturing sector's competitiveness and innovation performance. It requires participation by small, medium-sized, and large manufacturers, universities and community colleges, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders. Broad participation by these various sectors is essential to identifying the most important matters in shaping the Institutes and the network.


Cuyahoga Community College, Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128

Sign-up Information

Advance Event Sign-up Only: Online event sign-up is underway and will continue until 5 p.m., Eastern Time, July 5, 2012. Sign-ups after July 5, 2012, will be done on site at the workshop, although seating may be limited. Early sign-up is encouraged.

Food Fee: A $30 food fee, covering continental breakfast, lunch, and two breaks, is optional. To have access to breaks and catering services, attendees must pay this fee by 5 p.m., Eastern Time, July 2, 2012. For those interested, the fee must be paid when signing up for the workshop.

Limited Capacity: Space is limited and event sign-up will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Workshop organizers reserve the right to adjust participation on a case by case basis should it be needed to accomplish a broad representation of stakeholders at the event.

Sign-up and Food Fee Policy: Advance payment of the food fee is required. If you sign-up and do not attend or cancel, no refund will be given, however substitutions are accepted. Contact Bk Consulting (see below) if you wish to amend your event sign-up.

Sign-up Questions: If you have any questions or comments regarding workshop sign-up, please contact Bk Consulting at (216) 401-5363, or email bkeventsconsultingllc@gmail.com.

Workshop Admittance and Schedule

Attendees must pick up badges and workshop materials at the information desk, located in the lobby of Corporate College East. Day of the event sign-in and light continental breakfast begins at 7:30 am. The workshop will begin at 8:30 am and conclude by 4:30 pm.

Hotel Accommodations

Workshop participants may select from a number of local hotels. A special rate has not been negotiated with area hotels. Click here for information on local hotel accommodations.

Transportation and Directions

Transportation to the Cuyahoga Community College campus is not provided by the workshop organizers. A number of transportation options exist for attendees to reach the workshop location.  Click here for directions and detailed information for visiting Corporate College East.

Day of Event Directions

Click here for a detailed map of Corporate College East. The workshop will be held in the Corporate College East building identified at the bottom of the map. Parking is available in any of the lots nearest the building.

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments regarding the workshop event, please contact one of the following government representatives:

Michael Schen, (301) 975-6741, michael.schen@nist.gov; or
Prasad Gupte, (301) 975-5062, prasad.gupte@nist.gov; or
Carol Tolbert, (216) 433-6167, carol.m.tolbert@nasa.gov.

Resource Links:

Event Materials
- Workshop Summary Report
- Advance Information
- Agenda
- Attendees and Dialogue Assignments
- Framing the Challenge by Michael Molnar
- Welcome to the Workshop
- About the AMNPO
- About NNMI
- Dialogue Handouts (Summary of Comments from Workshop 1):
- Technology with Broad Impact
- Institute Structure and Governance
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations
- Education and Workforce Development
- Dialogue Report-outs (Summary of Participant Comments)
- Technology with Broad Impact
- Institute Structure and Governance
- Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations
- Education and Workforce Development
- Feedback Form

Pre-Event Materials
- News Release
- Sign-Up
- Hotel Accommodations
- Transportation and Directions
- Campus Map (PDF)
- Agenda
- Workshop Structure and Speakers
- About the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
- NNMI Request for Information (RFI)
- Federal Register Notice (PDF)

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