Media Contact: Kristy Schantz, 202-758-3918 Milstein Symposium Ideas for a New American Century The Milstein report on new manufacturing has been released! Read the executive summary, the one-page synopsis, or the full report. The Milstein Symposium is a five-year initiative that will convene distinguished stakeholders and eminent scholars to advance innovative, non-partisan, action-oriented ideas, grounded in history, to help rebuild the American Dream. The Miller Center will organize three Milstein commissions each year. More → Washington Post and Miller Center Partner on Poll The Miller Center and The Washington Post partnered on a poll exploring Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future as a starting point for the Milstein Symposium. Read the Post stories exploring those poll results below. 3/26/14: "‘Happy Days’ no more: Middle-class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages stall" 3/1/14: "For more people, the American Dream doesn’t include a home of their own" 1/31/14: “Hispanics often lead the way in their faith in the American Dream, poll finds” More → News Third Milstein Symposium to Focus on Infrastructure and the Middle Class This symposium, the third in a series focusing on creating the jobs of the future, will convene experts to identify a sufficient and sustainable infrastructure funding model to keep goods and people moving safely and efficiently and to support the projects required to keep the system functioning optimally. Read more → ARTICLE: Commissioner on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs Ross Baird in Forbes Ross Baird during Commission meeting Ross Baird, executive director of Village Capital and a Milstein Commission member, co-wrote a recent article in Forbes titled "Why Creating The Next Silicon Valley ... Is The Wrong Goal". Read it here. Read more → VIDEO: Interviews with Milstein Entrepreneurship Commission members Commission Co-Chairs Carly Fiorina and Steve Case Listen to Milstein Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs members -- who represent some of the top thinkers on small business and innovation -- discuss entrepreneurial trends and ideas for strengthening the nation's entrepreneurial activity in short interview clips found here. Milstein Commission Report on New Manufacturing Released Today! Today, the Miller Center releases Building a Nation of Makers: Six Ideas to Accelerate the Innovative Capacity of America's Manufacturing SMEs, the report containing the unanimous recommendations of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing. This report offers six innovative, yet practical, ideas to facilitate the growth of America’s manufacturing SMEs. Read the executive summary, the one-page synopsis, or the full report. Read more → Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing to Release Report on June 13 in D.C. The Miller Center will hold a news conference Friday, June 13 at the National Press Club to release the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing's report, offering innovative, non-partisan, actionable ideas on how to create middle-class manufacturing jobs. Read more → Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs Meets in DC Commission members As the number of American small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures dwindle, so do the middle-class jobs that they provide. The Milstein Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs members convened earlier this week in Washington, DC, to identify innovative yet practical ideas on how to create and sustain middle-class jobs through entrepreneurship. Read more → Steve Case, Carly Fiorina to Co-Chair Milstein Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle Class Jobs Commission Co-Chairs Steve Case and Carly Fiorina Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution, and Carly Fiorina, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will co-chair a new Miller Center commission that will focus on entrepreneurship and middle-class job creation, in partnership with the Batten Institute at U.Va.’s Darden School of Business. Read more → ‘Happy Days’ no more: Middle-class families squeezed as expenses soar, wages stall Washington Post/Miller Center poll results Fewer Americans find themselves in the heart of the middle class with every passing year, according to results of a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll. This article, the most recent in a series stemming from poll results, details the financial struggles of a Virginia family, despite a combined income that places them squarely in today's "middle class." VIDEO: Benefactor Howard Milstein Explains Impetus Behind Milstein Symposium Opening Comments by Howard Milstein "I am a beneficiary of the American Dream," Howard Milstein stated in comments to open the Miller Center's Feb. 5 Forum with Governors Haley Barbour and Evan Bayh. Barbour and Bayh participated in the Forum as co-chairs of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing. Howard Milstein, benefactor of the project and chairman, president, and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank Emigrant Savings Bank, introduced the session by explaining the genesis and goals of the Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century. Read more → For more people, the American Dream doesn’t include a home of their own Homeownership, once a cornerstone of the American Dream, has taken a big hit in public esteem, according to a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll. Read more → VIDEO: American Forum with Bayh and Barbour Watch Govs. Haley Barbour and Evan Bayh discuss their work as co-chairs of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing during their visit to the Miller Center's American Forum on February 5. Selected clips from the program are available here. Read more → Evan Bayh and Haley Barbour Visit the Miller Center Bayh and Barbour at the Miller Center Evan Bayh and Haley Barbour, former Governors and the Co-Chairs for the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing, visited the Miller Center last week to discuss skilled manufacturing and its impact on middle-class jobs. Read more → Hispanics Often Lead the Way in Their Faith in the American Dream, Poll Finds In many cases, Hispanic residents’ faith in the American Dream exceeds that of whites and African Americans — an optimism that contrasts sharply with the current economic status of Hispanics — according to the recent Washington Post/Miller Center survey findings. Read the full article here. Detailed poll results can be found here. VIDEO: Why is manufacturing important to the middle class? Bernie Carlson: Manufacturing and the Middle Class Watch video of the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing Contributing Scholar Bernie Carlson discuss the importance of manufacturing to America's middle class. Read more → Evan Bayh and Haley Barbour to Visit Miller Center on Feb. 5 Governors Barbour and Bayh Evan Bayh and Haley Barbour, former governors and co-chairs of the Miller Center Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing, will vist the Miller Center on February 5. Read more → Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy More than six in 10 workers in a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll worry that they will lose their jobs to the economy, surpassing concerns in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s. Read more about the increasing job anxieties of U.S. workers here. Read more → PHOTOS: Milstein Meeting on New Manufacturing Commissioners Matthew Burnett, John Engler and Bernie Carlson A group of twelve experts in "new manufacturing" gathered to identify best practices for encouraging the growth of small- and medium-enterprises in the U.S. in the first Milstein Commission meeting, held on October 22 in Washington, D.C. View photos here. Read more → Haley Barbour, Evan Bayh Co-Chairing Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing members Former Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) and former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) co-chaired the Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing meeting in Washington, DC yesterday. The other commission members, listed below, include a mix of policymakers, business leaders, scholars, and journalists. Read more → VIDEO: Miller Center Town Hall Meeting on the American Dream The State of the American Dream Watch this video from the Miller Center’s October 2 Town Hall meeting for a more detailed analysis of the recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll results and impressions from audience members about the state of the American Dream. President Carter: Americans’ Prospects Today “Not as Good” As Thirty Years Ago Image: American President President Carter said in an interview from a Habitat for Humanity construction site on Monday that Americans' prospects for the future are not as rosy as they were thirty years ago when he was in office. He pointed to increasing income disparity--which he noted is two times as great as it was during his administration-- and a lack of affordable housing as two of the reasons Americans felt less assured about the future. Read more → In Battle for Middle Class, All of Washington is Losing Politicians from both sides of the aisle may court the middle-class in their rhetoric, but a Miller Center/Washington Post poll reveals that Americans are unconvinced that politicians are looking out for them. Read more → Is Higher Education Still Part of the “American Dream”? It is a question gaining increasing attention from American families in the face of sky-rocketing tuition costs and an increasingly competitive job market for recent graduates. According to a recent Washington Post/Miller Center poll, the answer is increasingly "no." Read more → Speech Clip: LBJ’s 1964 State of the Union Address and the “War on Poverty” LBJ discusses the need for 'better schools, better health, better homes, and better training" to cure the symptoms of poverty and prevent them in the future during his 1964 State of the Union Address. Almost 50 years later, 65% of Americans still worry to some degree that their total family income will not be enough to meet their expenses and bills. Read more → Washington Post/Miller Center Poll on the American Dream Released Read the full story and interactive results of aWashington Post/Miller Center Poll released this weekend that explores Americans’ changing definition of success and their confidence in the country’s future. The poll results will serve as a starting point for the Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century, a Miller Center initiative bringing together policymakers, business leaders, scholars, and journalists to advance ideas for rebuilding the American Dream. POLL: Which best describes the meaning of the American Dream to you? Is it education? security? opportunity? something else? Click here to take the poll and see how others are responding.