Global Innovation Forum and National Foreign Trade Council Foundation ConferenceTapping into Global Demand for Innovative Manufacturing

Date: 11/9/10

NFTC Foundation is hosting a conference and workshop on innovation policies for senior business leaders and government officials on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 from 8:30am-2:00pm near Detroit. If you have a presence in Michigan, I hope you will share the information below with your colleagues there.

Our discussion, “Tapping into Global Demand for Innovative Manufacturing,” will focus on the role of government in promoting innovative manufacturing in the United States and the importance of international markets, investment and talent to the success of Michigan’s manufacturers. General Electric is graciously hosting the event at its new Advanced Manufacturing & Software Technology Center in Van Buren Township, Michigan.

Confirmed speakers include University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman; Scott Garberding, Senior Vice President of World Class Manufacturing for the Chrysler Corporation; Sandy Baruah, President & CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber; Mark Gaffney, President of the Michigan State AFL-CIO; Kate Gordon, Vice President for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress; and Bill Reinsch.

Our purpose is to elicit advice and input from CEOs and senior business leaders to help guide state and federal innovation policy priorities, which the National Foreign Trade Council plans to compile and provide to the President’s and Governor’s offices. The conference is also an opportunity for corporate leaders in Michigan to develop links with the National Foreign Trade Council’s global policy network and member companies as well as experts and government officials focused on innovation and exports.

This event is part of a series of discussions at regional innovation clusters hosted by NFTC’s Foundation thanks to a grant from the General Electric Foundation. Earlier this year, we held workshops in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and Palo Alto, California.

There is no charge to participate. A save the date announcement is available here:  We will provide a detailed agenda and other materials to anyone interested in participating.