GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 26, 2012 — On May 4, 2012, the NIST-hosted Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register inviting interested parties to provide public comment on a new public-private partnership program, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The proposed Network will be composed of up to fifteen Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation around the country, each serving as a hub of manufacturing excellence that will help to make United States manufacturing facilities and enterprises more competitive and encourage investment in the United States. The RFI sought input on the NNMI and specific input on 21 questions in four categories related to the structure and operations of the IMIs and NNMI: Technologies with Broad Impact, Institute Structure and Governance, Strategies for Sustainable Institute Operations, and Education and Workforce Development. Comments in response to the RFI were due on or before 11:59 PM Eastern time on October 25, 2012.
In total, the NIST-hosted AMNPO received a total of 78 separate responses to the RFI from industry, academia, economic development, state and regional authorities, national laboratories and private citizens, representing the viewpoints of nearly 107 separate entities.
In addition, the NIST-hosted AMNPO also held four Designing for Impact regional workshops as part of its strategy for soliciting nationwide input on building the NNMI. The four regional workshops attracted 875 attendees from across the country, from industry; academia; economic development organizations; state, local and federal government; and others. The workshops were conducted in alignment with the published RFI and sought to solicit viewpoints from across the nation. The first workshop was held on April 25, 2012, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; the second on July 9, 2012, at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland; the third on September 27, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, Calif.; and the fourth on October 18, 2012, at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder, Colo.
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