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Building The Future

Richmond, Virginia / June 4, 2014

The Atlantic traveled to Richmond, VA, for the third in our series of “Building the Future” events. Featuring interviews and panel discussions, this program explored the new technologies, workforce skills, and policies that are strengthening the resurgence of the manufacturing sector.

Earlier this year, The Atlantic launched a series of conversations across the country on how we can “build the future” – of manufacturing, of biotechnology, and of energy.

On June 4, we traveled to Disputanta, VA, for the third event in this program series. With an audience of 200 attendees, we explored new technologies, examined relationships between education and the workforce, and considered the steps needed to grow Virginia's industry.


11:00 am Welcome Remarks

  • Bob Cohn, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, The Atlantic

11:02 am  Advanced Manufacturing in Action

  • Tom Keegan, Senior Director, Manufacturing Engineering Canon Virginia
  • Joseph Moody, Executive Director, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Will Powers, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Rolls-Royce North America

11:20 am Keynote Interview

  • The Honorable Bobby Scott, Member, United States House of Representatives

11:35 am Advancing Across Industries: How Educators, Business Leaders, and Policymakers are Working Together to Shape the Future of Manufacturing

  • Betty Adams, Executive Director, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
  • Katherine DeRosear, Director of Workforce Development Virginia Manufacturers Association
  • Barry Johnson, Senior Associate Dean and L.A. Lacy Distinguished Professor, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • The Honorable Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

12:15 pm Sponsor Content, brought to you by Siemens:

  • Bill Boswell, Senior Director, Partner Strategy, Siemens PLM Software
  • John T. Dever, President, Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Keith T. Miller, President, Virginia State University
  • Eric Spiegel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Corporation U.S.

12:30 pm Keynote Interview

  • The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

12:58 pm Closing Remarks

  • Bob Cohn, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, The Atlantic

1:00 pm Lunch and Networking Session

1:30 pm Program Concludes



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