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

Manufacturing symposium participants

Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing members

Members of the first Milstein Commission on New Manufacturing were announced in a press release this morning. Former Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) and former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) co-chair this commission that is bringing together policymakers, business leaders, scholars and journalists to define and advance innovative, nonpartisan, and action-oriented ideas and policies to help rebuild the American Dream. 

The other members of the commission on manufacturing include:

Rebecca O. Bagley, president and chief executive officer, NorTech, a technology-based economic development organization focusing on Northeast Ohio
Aaron Bagshaw, president, WH Bagshaw Co., the oldest pin manufacturer in the United States
Matthew Burnett, founder, Maker’s Row, a company endeavoring to simplify the manufacturing process by connecting designers to domestic manufacturers
W. Bernard Carlson, chair, U.Va. Department of Engineering and Society; professor of science, technology and history, and the commission’s lead scholar
Jennifer Clark, associate professor at the School of Public Policy and director of the Center for Urban Innovation in the Ivan Allen College, Georgia Institute of Technology
John Engler, president, Business Roundtable; former governor of Michigan
James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic
James Manyika, director, McKinsey Global Institute; senior partner, McKinsey & Company
Kate Sofis, executive director, SFMade, a non-profit corporation working to bolster San Francisco’s economic base through local manufacturing
Howard Wial, director, Center for Urban Economic Development, University of Illinois, Chicago


“For generations, small- and medium-sized manufacturers have provided stable, good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans,” said Bayh. “As we move rapidly into the 21st-century global economy, we need fresh thinking to ensure that these companies can continue to grow and put people to work.”

Barbour said, “The public has understandably lost confidence in Washington’s ability to generate common-sense, bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. This commission will bring together policymakers, scholars, industry leaders and other stakeholders to craft those solutions – the type of people that can achieve broad consensus and develop actionable ideas, not just more rhetoric.”

Barbour and Bayh have strong histories in advancing new ideas to benefit manufacturing and small business. As governor, Barbour expanded the number of high-skilled jobs in Mississippi’s manufacturing sector and helped launch the University of Mississippi’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence. In the Senate, Bayh was active on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and introduced legislation to expand Small Business Administration loans to small manufacturers, which was enacted a year later.

The commission is expected to release its recommendations in the spring.


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