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June 24, 2011
President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
On June 24, 2011, at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development. See the press release about President Obama's announcement: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/president-obama-launches-advanced-manufacturing-partnership
This new initiative was brought about by a report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, written by the Presidentís Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Read their full report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-advanced-manufacturing-june2011.pdf
From Ruth Stephens, USIFI Executive Director -
While I'm not sure whether the PCAST understands the complex nature of today's technical textile industry and if they would consider our industry advanced manufacturing, it may be worthwhile to learn more about how the textile industry can be part of the solution for American leadership in advanced manufacturing.