VOLUME 11, NO. 2 SEPTEMBER 1997
The challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing industry were the focus of an economic summit at WPI on Sept. 15. ²Manufacturing Our Future² examined the ways in which manufacturers in Worcester and the region will need to respond to market demands of the global economy to maximize their strengths and resources.
The Central Massachusetts Manufacturing Partnership Inc., the Greater Worcester Chamber of Commerce, and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, in cooperation with U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, organized the summit, which was sponsored by AllEnergy LLC and the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette. Paul S. Kennedy ¹67, president of Kennedy Die Casting in Worcester, was the summit chairman. The event drew about 400 local, state and national leaders from industry, academia and government.
Michael Porter, a professor at the Harvard Business School who is a leading authority on competitive strategy and international competitiveness, was the keynote speaker. Porter is the author of 14 books and more than 50 articles. His most recent initiative is a study of economic development in America¹s inner cities that was first published in the Harvard Business Review as ³The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City.²
The program was organized into five focus groups: Manufacturing Clusters; Higher Education: Connecting Higher Education to Manufacturing/ Building Partnerships That Move From Research to Manufacturing; Workforce Education Training; Industrial Development; and Environment/Infrastructure: Connecting Manufacturing with Government Resources.
Each focus group announced a new initiative designed to meet industry needs and address the challenges faced by manufacturing companies in the region.
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