Washington, D.C. (July 8, 2014)— As U.S. manufacturing continues to grow, The Atlantic will travel to Philadelphia with the latest from its series, “Building the Future: Manufacturing’s Software Revolution,” for a discussion on the future of American manufacturing and innovation. The July 16 program will feature political leaders—including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D); former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Co-Chair of the educational fund Building America’s Future; Acting U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews; and Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Julia Hearthway—along with business and workforce development voices and academics.
The discussion will examine the technologies modernizing the manufacturing sector and explore what industry and academia are doing to equip the workforce with the skills needed to succeed in an era of increased national production. Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large of The Atlantic, will moderate. Additional speakers include: Eric Spiegel, President and CEO of Siemens USA; Barbara Stanford-Allen, Director of Industry Partnerships for the Southeast Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; and Joe Tarnowski, Senior Vice President for Biopharmaceutical R&D for GSK. Siemens is the presenting underwriter of the event.
“Building the Future” is an ongoing Atlantic event series launched in 2014 focusing on the future of U.S. manufacturing and innovation. Past events—taking place in industrial centers—have been held in Norwood, OH, Worcester, MA, and Disputanta, VA.
Media interested in attending the event should contact The Atlantic’s Alexi New (firstname.lastname@example.org). For those unable to attend in person, the event will be webcast live via The Atlantic's Events Channel. Follow the conversation online via @Atlantic_LIVE, and by using the hashtag #BuildTheFuture.