The $1 billion appropriation would create a series of 45 advanced manufacturing centers designed to spur research, development and deployment of next generation technologies that will enhance manufacturing competitiveness and job creation in the United States.
"NNMI will serve as a hub for new technology, workforce training and enhanced collaboration between industry, government and academia, while spurring the creation of the new products, processes and industry sectors that are vital to reviving American manufacturing," says Robert Atkinson, President of the ITIF.
"The United States is in a global race for innovation advantage and must create new conduits for improving the technological capacity and competitiveness of our manufacturing firms or risk falling further behind our international competitors," Atkinson adds. "ITIF urges Congress to include funding for NNMI in its final budget, while also passing RAMI. These proposals will create the innovation ecosystem that is critical to spurring economic and job growth."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.