Improving the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and boosting domestic production.
Stimulating U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing research, innovation, and technology.
Accelerating the development of an advanced manufacturing workforce.
The Secretary would be required to set up a network of centers of technology innovation, and award financial assistance to help with planning, establishing, or supporting such centers.
H.R. 2996 would also establish a national NMIP office to:
Oversee the Program, and bring stakeholders together.
Build formal relationships with other federal agencies whose missions contribute to or are affected by advanced manufacturing.
Develop and periodically update a strategic plan for the program.
Establish procedures to maximize cooperation & coordination with other federal agencies.
Create a clearinghouse of public information related to NMIP activities.
The Secretary would also be required to incorporate the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership into NMIP planning to ensure the Program includes & bolsters small and medium-sized businesses. This bill will establish a fund in the Treasury to support the NMIP.