C-SPAN: Can American Manufacturing Thrive Again?

April 19, 2012
Rob Atkinson's testimony before House Committee via C-SPAN.

Rob Atkinson's testimony before the House Committee. The hearing will discussed the administration's plan to revive this important industry and discuss other policy solutions. Read more »

Policy Changes Essential for U.S. Industry

Dayton Daily News
Rob Atkinson and others urge the White House and Congress to bolster resources for manufacturers.

Why is This so Complicated? Yes, Virginia. We do Need a National Manufacturing Strategy.

April 12, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Taking issue with the most recent attack on a national manufacturing strategy from liberal blogger Matt Ygelsias, Rob Atkinson points out the current Administration is not only focused on manufacturing. But as the largest traded sector by far, you can’t have a valid traded sector strategy without a specific manufacturing strategy.

Lessons from Foreign Countries on How U.S. States Can Spur Manufacturing

April 9, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

One policy instrument gaining global traction is the use of innovation vouchers (or “innovation checks”) to spur R&D, new product development, and/or innovation activity in SME manufacturers. Almost a dozen countries—including Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Sweden—as well as Iowa in the United States, use innovation vouchers. These vouchers, usually ranging in value from $5,000-$30,000, enable SMEs to “buy” expertise from universities, national laboratories, or public research institutes regarding preparatory studies, analysis of technology transfer, analysis of the innovation potential of a new technology, etc. The intent of the vouchers is both to spur innovation in SMEs and to stimulate knowledge transfer from universities and research institutions to SMEs; they also have an added benefit of more closely aligning the interests of industry and academia in a country.

Manufacturing is Innovative Too!

April 5, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rob Atkinson reacted to an aritcle in The New York Times by insisting on the importance of manufacturing for global competitiveness and innovation. Unlike many pundits and journalists have argued, the rate of loss does matter and it is important to recognize the importance of fostering high-tech manufacturing in the U.S. 

Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing

April 5, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

In the Winter 2012 edition of Issues in Science and Technology magazine, Ezell lays out a comprehensive strategy for revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, including by bolstering the productivity, competitiveness, and innovation capacity of U.S. SME manufacturers

Rebuild America Act Advances Range of Critical Policies to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

March 29, 2012
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While there are some provisions of the Rebuild America Act ITIF would omit, (especially ones related to taxation of foreign earnings) the provisions discussed above will go a long way to restoring American manufacturing competitiveness and to help spur the creation (and retention) of well-paying jobs that can help rebuild America’s squeezed middle class.

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