By now, you’ve heard that President Obama announced the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) – an “innovation policy” of sorts, maintained by a collection of businesses, universities and governmental agencies to spur innovation via coordinated research & development of manufacturing processes and products.
(Wait a minute – didn’t we try this 2 years ago with the National Innovation Marketplace? Whatever happened to THAT? Oh, never mind …)
Just before POTUS announced the AMP at Carnegie Melon on Friday, I watched a C-SPAN video of testimony on Capitol Hill that dealt with an industrial policy for the US and what it would/should address. Testifying on that panel was one of my favorite ‘tweeps’ – Scott Paul, the Executive Director of Alliance for American Manufacturing. During his statement, Scott reminded me of something I hadn’t thought about in years, not since I was a high school student back during the Coolidge administration: