Expansion of NNMI Will Enhance Economic Growth and Improve U.S. Competitiveness
WASHINGTON (May 9, 2013) - The Obama Administration is expected to announce today the expansion of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) with the creation of three new institutes which will combine industry, government, and academic resources to spur technology development and adoption for key U.S. manufacturing industries. The new centers will join the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, OH which was created in August of 2012.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has been a strong proponent of innovation policies designed to spur manufacturing competitiveness and praises President Obama for his commitment to American manufacturing innovation. ITIF also calls on Congress to approve the Administration's proposed $1 billion appropriation for the creation of at least 15 NNMI centers across the country.
"As ITIF has noted, American manufacturing faces significant innovation-related competitiveness challenges that are the central reason for past and present U.S. economic difficulties. Expanding NNMI will provide the coordinated technical capacity and research infrastructure pivotal for developing the novel processes, products and businesses to keep manufacturers in America at the cutting edge," says Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. "Furthermore, while the Administration's announcement today is important, Congress needs to approve and fund a national