The National Governors Association (NGA) announced today that Kansas is one of seven states selected to participate in the organization’s Policy Academy on developing strategies to expand advanced manufacturing industries.
The initiative is called “Making” our Future: Encouraging Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment. Kansas, through the Department of Commerce and the Mid America Manufacturing Technology Center, applied to be considered for the initiative earlier this fall. The Department cited the state’s immense opportunities for growth in advanced manufacturing and the efforts of the Brownback Administration to develop new tools and strategies for economic development.
“I’m very pleased that Kansas will be able to work with the NGA’s Policy Academy to develop strategies for industries that will have a real economic impact on the state and the lives of Kansans,” said Gov. Sam Brownback. “For Kansas and America to rebuild after the Great Recession, it is absolutely necessary that we work together to innovate and find the best tools for industry to grow and create jobs.”
The Policy Academy will give participating states a deeper understanding of their states’ manufacturing-related industries and fast-growing industry clusters by helping to evaluate and address the major policy and implementation challenges, as well as the opportunities in each state for world-class manufacturing and future success in the global economy.
“We understand that the state needs to work in a coordinated way with our aviation, renewable energy and other manufacturing sectors to develop policies that result in business expansion,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “The NGA’s Policy Academy will be a valuable resource to help us do that.”
The Policy Academy also will help each state develop a plan and overcome barriers to putting a plan into action that would improve the general environment for innovation and align state research and development investments, workforce development and education systems with the current and future needs of the state’s advanced manufacturing industries. Funding for the Policy Academy is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. For more information, go to www.nga.org/cms/center/ehsw.
The other states selected were Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.