“Making” Our Future focuses on the results of an NGA Center for Best Practices Policy Academy where teams from eight states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania—participated in an intensive, year-long strategic planning process to support advanced manufacturing by combining workforce education and support for business innovation, university-industry partnerships and public and private sector entrepreneurship. As a result of the NGA Policy Academy, states:

  • Established new programs;
  • Redesigned organizations or created new ones;
  • Passed legislation; and
  • Secured funding allocations for their manufacturing priorities.