2020 Fall Policy Series

Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing

Held September 29-October 2, 2020

The Manufacturing Policy Initiative, in conjunction with the Hudson Institute, presented “Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing,” a series of policy discussions during Manufacturing Week 2020. The program concluded on Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 2, with a live event featuring Trump Campaign Spokesperson U.S. Senator Mike Braun (IN); Biden Campaign Spokesperson U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (OH); and Jorgensen Campaign Spokesperson Professor Nathanael Snow of Ball State University.

In partnership between the Hudson Institute and the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Restoring the Industrial Commons

September 29
Noon - 1 p.m.

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The U.S. has lost significant manufacturing capabilities through outsourcing. How can policy makers reverse this trend?

Moderator: Tom Duesterberg, Hudson Institute

Panel: Zoul Ballman, Senior Supply Chain Manager, Tsuchiya Group North America and TASUS Corp.; Sridhar Kota, Director, MForesight; Bill Osborne, Senior VP of Enterprise Operations, The Boeing Company; Sue G. Smith, Vice President of Technology and Applied Science, Ivy Tech Community College


Paper: Loss of the Industrial Commons is an Existential Threat to U.S. Prosperity

Sridhar Kota and Thomas C. Mahoney

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Spurring Innovation

September 30
Noon - 1 p.m.

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In recent decades, the U.S. manufacturing sector has experienced low productivity growth. Which policies would spur innovation and productivity and enhance U.S. competitiveness?

Moderator: Gil Kaplan, MPI Senior Fellow, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

Panel: Stephen Ezell, Vice President Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Ralph Gomory, Former Senior VP for Science and Technology, IBM; Taffy Kingscott, VP, Strategic Partnerships, IBM Research; John Nueffer, President and CEO, Semiconductor Industries Association


Paper: Policy Recommendations to Stimulate U.S. Manufacturing Innovation

Stephen Ezell

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Enhancing Resilience

October 1
Noon - 1 p.m.

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The global pandemic revealed fragility in global value chains. What role can the U.S. government play to enhance resilience of the manufacturing supply chain?

Moderator: Stephen Gold, President, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Panel: Keith Belton, Founder and Principal, Pareto Policy Solutions; Rosemary Gibson, Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center; Gary Johnson, Chief Manufacturing and Labor Affairs Officer, Ford Motor Company; Robert Scott, Senior Economist, Economics Policy Institute


Paper: Policies to Enhance the Resilience of U.S. Manufacturing

Keith B. Belton, Michael Mandel, and Thomas J. Duesterberg

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Live Event: Election 2020

October 2
Noon - 1:15 p.m.

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Presidential candidates want to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. In this live event, campaign spokespersons describe the candidates' plans for strengthening U.S. manufacturing and answer questions.

Attending: Trump Campaign Spokesperson U.S. Senator Mike Braun (IN); Biden Campaign Spokesperson U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (OH); and Jorgensen Campaign Spokesperson Professor Nathanael Snow of Ball State University.