Down here for the NAM’s Annual Public Affairs Conference, a great agenda, turnout and lineup. Some highlights from yesterday:
An excellent trade panel where we discovered — among other fun facts — that in Scandinavia, unions are unabashedly pro-trade, because they see is obvious benefits. If only that were the case here…
Exporter extraordinaire and US manufacturer CNH (we’ve written about them here before) talked about their trade education program. They not only have a great site on trade education but they also have games on the site that teach the benefits of trade, games like, “Global Trader 2: Shaping Our World,” “Seek-A-Word” and “Where’s That?” Check ’em out.
Proud NAM member 3M is also an exporting powerhouse, exporting $4 billion worth of US-made goods around the world for every $1 billion of goods it imports.
3M also has a great employee involvement program, with 87% of employees surveyed saying they want to receive more information from the company on public policy issues and an astonishing 94% of those surveyed who actually voted. Don’t believe manufacturers can’t make a difference when they put their minds to it? Just ask former Rep. Bill Luther (D-MN). He ignored manufacturers and lost his election.