The Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) Pilot Program opens the doors to resources previously unavailable for businesses and universities.
The announcement came at the 4th American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit, a program formed by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.
It builds on a multi-year arc of significant, new investments and programs announced by the DOE and its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) to rebuild national shared infrastructure in support of manufacturing excellence.
“Winning the clean energy race is so important for the United States,” said Dr. David Danielson, assistant secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. “Someone’s going to drive the millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic activity that is going to occur through this global transition to a clean energy economy. If we can do that together, it will be a bright future for our country.”
Since AEMC began four years ago, this private-public partnership has helped advance 3-D Printing, supercomputing and carbon fiber research, all key ingredients toward reducing our energy consumption.
“One of the biggest drivers of American competitiveness is innovation,” said Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president and CEO, U.S. Council on Competitiveness. “By offering entrepreneurs the keys to the most advanced laboratories in the world, we’re betting that America will win the innovation race in clean energy.”
“AEMC created a new paradigm by recognizing, in an era of deep disruptions, that the public and private sector needed to come together to co-create a new future,” said Dr. Keoki Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin. “What’s being designed is a new clean and renewable manufacturing future not solely driven by government or one private player.”
The MITEC pilot program launches in four states—Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia— and will help small businesses in a number of ways including: access advanced tools; develop expertise in technology transfer; and leverage business development resources of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s state network of Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers.
The 2016 AEMC Summit took place at City College of New York and builds on four years of deep engagement and collaboration between the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and U.S. Department of Energy’s CEMI.
The AEMC partnership has created an innovation ecosystem like no other in the world, linking private and public sector leaders across industry, academia, labor and national laboratories. This national mission grew out of President Obamas “all-hands-on-deck” call to win the clean energy and manufacturing race.
Officially known as “2016 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Northeast Regional Summit: Innovating for a Clean Energy Future,” the AEMC Summit showcased promising energy and manufacturing innovations through keynote addresses, presentations and C-suite panels. The 2016 AEMC Summit was hosted by The City College of New York in its Great Hall.
About American Energy Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC)
American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) is a partnership between the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Over the past four years, the partnership has brought together national leaders to uncover actions that can be taken to enable America to bolster its energy, manufacturing, and economic competitiveness. CEMI has also led numerous U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-based projects and activities that have resulted in breakthrough technologies, innovative public-private partnership models, and new analytic insights into America’s clean energy manufacturing industry. www.aemcsummit.compete.org
About U.S. Council on Competitiveness
Founded in 1986, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness is a non-partisan leadership organization of corporate CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors committed to advancing U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and a rising standard of living for all Americans. The Council plays a powerful role in shaping America's future by setting an action agenda to assess U.S. competitiveness, identify emerging forces transforming the economy, catalyze thought leaders who drive change and galvanize stakeholders to act. The roots of the Council trace back to the Reagan-era Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, chaired by Hewlett-Packard CEO John Young, who founded the Council at the conclusion of the Commission’s work. Compete.org@CompeteNow