Executive Briefings

Obama Discusses Apparel Manufacturing, Supply Chain Innovation

President Obama announced nearly $500m in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in 12 states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation's supply chains.

With the goals of creating jobs and strengthening America's leadership in advanced manufacturing technology, the President's fiscal year 2016 budget provides the resources to double the number of manufacturing innovation institutes nationwide to 16 by the end of 2016 and fulfills the President's goal of building a network of up to 45 institutes over the decade. In contrast, the House Republican budget proposes to sequester funding and eliminate the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, putting at risk critical investments in advanced manufacturing, workforce development and training, and innovation proposed in the President's budget.

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With the goals of creating jobs and strengthening America's leadership in advanced manufacturing technology, the President's fiscal year 2016 budget provides the resources to double the number of manufacturing innovation institutes nationwide to 16 by the end of 2016 and fulfills the President's goal of building a network of up to 45 institutes over the decade. In contrast, the House Republican budget proposes to sequester funding and eliminate the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, putting at risk critical investments in advanced manufacturing, workforce development and training, and innovation proposed in the President's budget.

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