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MANUFACTURE AMERICA

Regional Learning Alliance

850 Cranberry Drive

Cranberry Township, PA 16046

September 27, 2010

7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

Services Fair showcasing assistance available from federal and state agencies open to attendees

8:45 AM Welcome and Introduction of Ron Bloom - Nicole Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce

9:00 AM Keynote Address – Ron Bloom, Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy

9:20 AM Questions and Answers

9:30 AM Panel Discussion – “Finding New Growth Opportunities: Business Prospects in Clean Energy for Pennsylvania Companies”

  • Dennis Yablonsky – Allegheny Conference on Community and Economic Development
  • Jim Buddelmeyer, Vice President, Purchasing, Gamesa Wind USA
  • Kathryn Klaber, President, Marcellus Coalition
  • Mike Williams, Vice President of North America Operations, U.S. Steel
  • Dr. Greg Reed, Director, Power and Energy Initiative, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Kathryn Jackson, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse Nuclear (invited)

Nicole Lamb-Hale – Moderator

10:30 AM Coffee Break

Services Fair showcasing assistance available from federal and state agencies open to attendees

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Presentations On Adding Elements to a New Competitiveness Toolkit

  • 10:45 AM “Sustainable Manufacturing Techniques” – Representative from National Association of Advanced Manufacturing
  • 11:10 AM “Internet Marketing: How the Internet and Social Media Can Drive Business Growth” – Neal Rabogliatti, e-Strategy Consultant
  • 11:35 AM “Workforce Retraining” – Dan Fogarty, PA Center for Advanced Manufacturing Careers (invited)
  • 12:00 PM Questions and Answers (for all Toolkit Presenters)

12:15 PM Luncheon

Services Fair showcasing assistance available from federal and state agencies open to attendees

12:50 PM Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Assistant Secretary Nicole Lamb-Hale

12:55 PM Keynote Address – Honorable Robert P. Casey, Jr., Senator, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

1:15 PM Questions and Answers

1:25 PM Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions #1

1:35 PM Breakout Sessions #1

“Accessing Credit and Capital”

  • Donald Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Greg Boyer, Bayside Capital
  • Art Tintori, Managing Director of Financial Services, Catalyst Connection
  • Thomas Palisin, Manufacturing Ombudsman for the State of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Imber, Grant Thornton

“Finding New Growth Opportunities: Exporting – Finding and Financing New Markets”

  • Lyn Doverspike, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Pat Hayes, SBA Export Solutions Group
  • Tom Cummings, Export-Import Bank

2:35 PM Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions #2

2:45 PM Breakout Sessions #2

“Accessing Credit and Capital”

  • (Repeated for those who attended Exporting Breakout Session#1)

“Finding New Growth Opportunities: Innovating to Develop New Products, Create Production Efficiencies and Achieve Cost Savings”

  • Gary Fedder, Department Head/Director of CIT's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems
  • Dennis Thompson, President & CEO, DSN Innovations
  • Connie Palucka, Senior Market Development Consultant, Catalyst Connection
  • Brian Kennedy, Vice President of Government Relations, Pittsburgh Technology Council – Moderator

3:45 PM Coffee Break

Services Fair showcasing assistance available from federal and state agencies open to attendees

4:00 PM Manufacturing Town Hall, “The State of Manufacturing in America and How It Can Be Revitalized”

  • Nicole Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services
  • Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Ron Bloom, Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy
  • Jackie Erikson, State Director for Senator Casey (invited)
  • Thomas Palisin, Manufacturing Ombudsman for the State of Pennsylvania

5:00 PM Wrap Up and Next Steps – Nicole Lamb-Hale

5:15 PM Adjourn

5:30 PM ReceptionOpportunity to connect with sources of capital

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