Senator Amy Klobuchar
Will Speak at February 21
State of Manufacturing®
Rollout in Minneapolis
A special guest is now scheduled to attend The State of Manufacturing® survey's rollout event on February 21. Senator Amy Klobuchar will provide introductory remarks prior to pollster Rob Autry's presentation of the survey results at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and partners, the fourth-annual State of Manufacturing® project surveyed 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives in January on their perspectives, experiences and opinions regarding the manufacturing industry's current state. Twenty focus groups held across the state provide additional insights.
This year's poll results revealed manufacturing executives' continued optimism in the futures of their companies, yet saw a dramatic spike in concerns over finding qualified workers. Eighty-two percent of executives say they are confident about the future of their firms. However, worry over finding qualified workers has doubled over the past year. Thirty-one percent of executives say this issue is a concern for their firm, up from 14 percent in 2011. Full survey results will be available on the Enterprise Minnesota website on Tuesday, February 21.
Senator Klobuchar often points out that an important thing for the future of Minnesota is "making things again" and that growing the manufacturing sector can happen through partnerships, greater access to expert advice, and education.
Klobuchar is a longtime supporter of Enterprise Minnesota and partners' State of Manufacturing® project and its role in publicizing the manufacturing industry's prominent position as a driver of economic development. As a contributor to the 2011 State of Manufacturing book, Klobuchar said, "I truly believe, and I have argued this to the President of the United States, that the way we get out of this recession is with manufacturing-by making things again, by exporting to the world."
Klobuchar is looking forward to participating in this year's rollout event.
For more information about The State of Manufacturing® and to register to attend a survey rollout event in your area, go to www.enterpriseminnesota.org.
Practical Problem Solving - Removing Obstacles in the Way of Production Perfection
March 20, 2012
Mate Precision Tooling (Anoka, MN)
Early Bird $79 (before March 6) or $110 Regular
What to Expect?
Practical Problem Solving is the turbocharger that powers early Lean efforts past waste reduction results to creating more value for customers. Practical Problem Solving makes manufacturers better, stronger, and more capable. Come and learn how your organization may benefit!
David Meier, President, Lean Associates Inc.
Jane Schlegel, Senior Account Executive, Fiserv, Inc.
Mike Braml, Business Growth Advisor, Enterprise Minnesota
Jeremy Guhlke, Machine Operator and Trainer, Alexandria Pro-Fab Co., Inc.
Bill Martinson, Business Growth Consultant, Enterprise Minnesota
Register online today
Finance & Commerce names Progress Minnesota honorees:
Who is driving business and economic growth in Minnesota? That's the idea behind Finance & Commerce's new awards program called Progress Minnesota. F&C Publisher Steven Jahn announced Tuesday that 13 individuals and 15 companies and organizations throughout the state are the first recipients of the Progress Minnesota awards. Enterprise Minnesota was on this list.
Additional information and to see the list.
New Mexico-based Optomec looks to Twin Cities for R&D:
Optomec, a company that makes "aerosol jet" printers that produce electronic circuits, has its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Albuquerque, N.M. But when it comes to research and development, the company is expanding its St. Paul presence.
Seeking Interns for a Green Chemistry Project?:
MnTAP can help you find an intern to help your company work towards using safer and greener product chemistries.
Additional information here and here
MHTA Paid STEM Internship:
application period has opened for Minnesota's new paid STEM internship
program. SciTechsperience will help match qualified college students
with STEM-focused companies.
How People Make Things Exhibit:
has partnered with the Minnesota Children's Museum to host a traveling
exhibit geared toward children 10 years old and under. The exhibit is
based on the Fred Rogers show and will provide a unique opportunity for
Minnesota manufacturing to reach out to children and their parents,
grandparents, teachers and other influencers who impact career
24th Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held in Minneapolis, March 1st-3rd:
Nobel Peace Prize Forum invites you to Business Day on March 1st to
explore how trade, business innovation, sustainability and international
investment play a role in the price of peace.
WLiT Quarterly Event:
MHTA - Women Leading in Technology (WLiT) will hold its first quarterly event of 2012 on Tuesday, March 6th at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis. The program will focus on big data and analytics. Industry experts will share their experience and insights. More information
Survey for Research Project Conducted by MSU, Mankato:
Center for Rural Policy and development has funded a research project
for MSU, Mankato on the economic impacts of state and local government
regulations. This research will be based on the responses to an online
survey of businesses throughout the state of Minnesota.
Click to participate
How People Make Things
February 18-June 3, 2012
MN Children's Museum
2012 Energy Design Conference and Expo
February 21-22, 2012
Nanotechnology and Industry Workshop
February 23, 2012
Emerging Markets Symposium
February 24, 2012
Carlson School of Managment
R&D Tax Credit Webinar
February 29, 2012
WLiT Quarterly Event
March 6, 2012
CCAI-Twin Cities Annual Symposium and Paint and Powder Coating Expo
March 14-15, 2012
White Bear Lake, MN
Defense Industry Roundtable
March 26, 2012
Progress Minnesota 2012
April 11, 2012
Spring 2012 Virtual Program Offerings
April & May 2012
Conference-Heating the Midwest: Building the Vision
April 25-27, 2012
Eau Claire, WI