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Welcome to this fourth regional Designing for Impact workshop — an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas for the design of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Conceived to address strategic gaps in the U.S. innovation system, it is hoped that with the proposed $1 billion federal investment, the NNMI will become a network of regional collaborative Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) able to connect research discoveries and ideas for new technologies and products with established U.S. manufacturers, as well as, the start-up firms of tomorrow.
This workshop will engage participants in interactive discussions to help design the proposed NNMI; a new innovation infrastructure network intended to help U.S. manufacturers strengthen and improve technical capabilities, develop new advanced products and processes, gain market share, and create new jobs. Discussion topics, as presented in the May 4, 2012, Federal Register Notice, Request for Information (RFI) (p. 26509) include:
Input gathered during this and other Designing for Impact workshops, as well as responses received from the RFI will help shape the overall vision, goals, and organization of the NNMI and individual IMIs.
The Designing for Impact workshop series is organized by the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) and AMNPO partners — the Departments of Commerce (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Defense, Education, Energy (Advanced Manufacturing Office) and Labor, and NASA, and the National Science Foundation. Local hosts for the Impact IV event is being provided by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University and NREL,— the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Participation by small, medium-sized, and large manufacturers, universities and community colleges, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and other stakeholders is encouraged.
The workshop will be held at the Millennium Harvest House Boulder at 1345 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Phone number is 303-443-3850.
Online registration is now closed.
Event Fee: A $45 event fee, payable at the time of registration, is required and includes a working lunch and two breaks. Attendees must pay this fee by 11:59 PM Mounain time, October 15, 2012.
Limited Capacity: Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis with no more than four representatives from the same organization accepted.
Registration Policy: If you register and do not attend or cancel, no refund will be given; however substitutions are accepted. Email NNMI4@sra.com if you wish to amend your event registration.
Registration Questions: If you have any questions or comments regarding the workshop registration, please email NNMI4@sra.com.
Sign-in and light refreshments will begin at 7:30 AM Mountain time on October 18, 2012. Workshop materials will be available during sign-in at the information desk located outside the Millennium Harvest House main conference room The workshop will begin at 8:30 AM Mountain time and conclude by 4:30 PM Mountain time. A preliminary agenda will be posted below prior to the event.
The Millennium Harvest House Boulder is located at 1345 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Adjacent to the University of Colorado Boulder, and is approximately a 40 minute drive from the Denver International Airport. Please be aware that travel time may be longer during rush hour. Please plan accordingly. A detailed map and directions to the Millennium Harvest House can be found here. For further information on the venue call 303-443-3850. Free parking is available onsite.
A block of rooms at the government per diem rate of $109 per night plus tax is available at the Millennium Harvest House Boulder for the event. Click here for hotel reservations or call 303-443-3850 and reference the “Designing for Impact” group block. Please make your reservation before October 10, 2012. There are a number of other hotels in the vicinity close to the event location.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the workshop event, please contact one of the following government representatives: