The Middle Class Task Force Met in Ohio on Tuesday

By June 24, 2009Economy, Technology

The Middle Class Task Force led by Vice President Biden was in Perrysburg, Ohio, on Tuesday, to talk about U.S. manufacturing. The Vice President was joined by Governor Ted Strickland and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke:

Didn’t seem to draw much media attention. Here’s the news release from the White House, including the news:

During the meeting, the Department of Commerce announced the expansion of the National Innovation Marketplace, part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This program will help revitalize supply chains by providing manufacturers with the tools they need to transition from contracting sectors to emerging technologies and new market opportunities.

“American manufacturers have sophisticated technologies and systems and some of the most skilled workforces in the entire world,” said Secretary Locke. “By expanding the National Innovation Marketplace, the Commerce Department is bringing together in one place the ideas, products and future opportunities businesses need to identify new markets, diversify and create new jobs.”

To learn more about this program, click here:

The Vice President also announced an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. This inter-agency council will work to address the issues facing the automotive industry and protect the hardest-hit communities and workers.

The National Association of Manufacturers strongly supports the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Secretary Locke’s news release has more information on the new initiative.

The executive order hasn’t been posted online as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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