Building the Future: Manufacturing's Software Revolution - Philadelphia, PA

July 16, 2014
9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Ed Rendell: This Is Not Your Father's Manufacturing

Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, explains why the future for American families and workers lies in advanced manufacturing.

Is America Great Again? The Healthy DNA of Manufacturing

Bruce Andrews, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, explains why skills and investment are at the center of manufacturing in the U.S. 

Mayor Michael Nutter: Education Is National Security

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter argues that lifelong learning and funding city schools is about "guts" and defending the country's economy.

Skills Crisis: 4 Million Job Openings in US Go Unfilled

Eric Spiegel, President and CEO of Siemen's Corp, explains "America's problem" and why there are 4 million manufacturing jobs without qualified workers.

Work Together, Get Messy: End Manufacturing's Turf War

A panel of policy and job makers explains how to grease the school-to-job pipeline and break down manufacturing's silos from molecules to mom-and-pop shops.

About this conference

Earlier this year, The Atlantic launched a series of conversations across the country on how we can "build the future" - of manufacturing, of biotechnology, and of energy.

On July 16, we will build upon this ongoing series by traveling to Philadelphia, PA. We will explore what industry and academia are doing to equip the workforce with the skills needed to succeed in this new era and how local leaders are strengthening the resurgence of the manufacturing sector.

About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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