On November 28, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick announced the launch of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) –a group comprised of leaders from industry, academia and government – to help inform, implement, and evaluate state policies to support the competitiveness of Massachusetts manufacturers.
The AMC’s work is grounded in the findings of a 2010 effort to characterize the state of and key challenges for advanced manufacturing in the commonwealth, published as “Building Bridges to Growth: A Roadmap for Advanced Manufacturing in Massachusetts” and available at the AMC website.
The AMC addresses key issues through its five working groups: (1) Promoting Manufacturing; (2) Workforce & Education; (3) Technical Assistance & Innovation; (4) Cost of Doing Business; and (5) Access to Capital. Each working group is led by industry co-chairs who serve on the Executive Committee and is populated by representatives from industry, academia, government, and other stakeholders. Through the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the AMC works in parallel with President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and with seven other states through the National Governors Association Center of Best Practices Policy Academy on Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation.