Wednesday, November 12, 2003
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Key Industry Leaders to Design Action Plan for Saving Jobs
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that her Michigan Manufacturing Summit will be held on December 8 at the MichiganManufacturingTechnologyCenter in Plymouth. More than 35 key business and labor leaders representing the manufacturing industry are expected to join the Governor in identifying the most critical issues facing the industry and explore possible solutions.
“The manufacturing summit is a key component of ensuring that the manufacturing industry continues to be a viable part of Michigan’s and the nation’s economic future,” Granholm said. “I expect to come away from this meeting with a clear set of priorities and the basis of an action plan for how we can sustain and grow the manufacturing industry.”
Earlier this year the Governor announced a Manufacturing Matters initiative to raise awareness of the challenges that confront the nation’s manufacturing industry. During the past three years, Michigan has lost more than 170,000 manufacturing jobs, while the nation lost more than 2.7 million. Manufacturing employs approximately one out of every five workers in Michigan.
Although the number of summit participants is limited to increase the effectiveness of the discussion, Granholm emphasized that the input of many others has been gathered in preparation for the summit.
As part of the Manufacturing Matters initiative, the Governor held a series of informal meetings with manufacturing leaders and workers in Traverse City, Lansing, Saginaw, Detroit and Grand Rapids. A survey conducted on the Michigan Manufacturing Web site resulted in more than 1,000 responses that will be evaluated and presented in summary form at the summit.
After the summit Granholm intends to rally other governors of manufacturing states to Washington to raise industry issues that must be addressed at the federal level. The governor will also continue to work with Michigan manufacturers, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other partners on actions that can be taken in the state to grow the state’s manufacturing industry.
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