City Manufacturing Task Force releases report

Agust­aWest­land, a heli­copter man­u­fac­turer at 3050 Red Li­on Road, hos­ted the news con­fer­ence where the city’s Man­u­fac­tur­ing Task Force re­leased a 97-page re­port.

Among those in at­tend­ance were May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter and City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on, a task force co-chair­man.

The task force was formed in Janu­ary 2013.

“We shouldn’t rely on the man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs of our par­ents - that’s not the aim of this re­port,” Hen­on said. “We need to help our neigh­bors meet the edu­ca­tion­al de­mands of these jobs, make our city a more at­tract­ive place to do busi­ness in a tax and reg­u­lat­ory sense, and help our man­u­fac­tur­ers start, de­vel­op and grow here - and stay here.”

Re­com­mend­a­tions in­clude ex­pand­ing tech­nic­al train­ing pro­grams at com­munity col­leges; fo­cus­ing high school and tech­nic­al edu­ca­tion pro­grams on sci­ence, tech­no­logy, en­gin­eer­ing and math; con­duct­ing a cam­paign to edu­cate stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers and guid­ance coun­selors about em­ploy­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in man­u­fac­tur­ing; and de­creas­ing taxes and reg­u­lat­ory bur­dens on man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pan­ies.

“An im­port­ant step to re­du­cing cost gaps with com­pet­ing re­gions is ad­dress­ing the tax bur­den on man­u­fac­tur­ing and cre­at­ing a simple and com­pet­it­ive tax and reg­u­lat­ory en­vir­on­ment,” Hen­on said.

After the re­lease of the re­port, Nut­ter cre­ated the Of­fice of Man­u­fac­tur­ing and In­dustry.

“It is my hope that this of­fice will bring to­geth­er re­sources already com­mit­ted, but scattered, across many de­part­ments and of­fices, while ex­hib­it­ing a single-is­sue fo­cus on a sec­tor poised for growth,” Hen­on said. “Among its aims must be to at­tract and cap­it­al­ize on private sec­tor sup­port, identi­fy state and fed­er­al re­sources and pro­mote ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs as at­tain­able, fam­ily-sus­tain­ing op­tions.”

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