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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 →

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VIDEO + PHOTOS: Milstein Infrastructure and Middle-Class Jobs Commission Meeting

Milstein Infrastructure Commission members

Listen to Milstein Commission on Infrastructure and Middle-Class Jobs members -- who represent some of the top thinkers on the critical needs of the nation's infrastructure -- discuss the issues at hand, as well as proposed solutions.  Short interview clips can be found here. Photos from the meeting are available here

Ray LaHood, Antonio Villaraigosa to Co-Chair Commission on Infrastructure and Middle-Class Jobs

Co-Chairs LaHood and Villaraigosa

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will co-chair a new University of Virginia Miller Center commission charged with developing innovative, bipartisan ideas on how to create and sustain middle-class jobs through infrastructure policy. Read the media advisory here

ARTICLE: ‘Made in America, Again”

Misltein Commission on New Manufacturing member James Fallows references the commission report in The Atlantic, stating that "The Miller Center report, 'Building a Nation of Makers,' is mainly about practical steps that might let start-ups and small companies take advantage of global trends. For instance, mapping now-opaque manufacturing supply chains could help connect smaller companies with potential customers. Because they are so practical, ideas like these don’t figure into normal political debate. But their very practicality increases their chances of paying off."

ARTICLE: “Making the SF Case for a Second Stimulus”

Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing member Kate Sofis and Miller Center lead policy analyst Tony Lucadamo recommend the return of programs that offer low-interest, fixed-rate loans that manufacturing SMEs can use for hiring new workers in a San Francisco Business Times opinion piece.

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.

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

VIDEO: Interviews with Milstein Entrepreneurship Commission members

Co-Chairs Carly Fiorina and Steve Case

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

‘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.

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy

Washington Post-Miller Center poll result

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

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. 

Haley Barbour, Evan Bayh Co-Chairing Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing

Manufacturing symposium participants

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. 

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.