How Regions Adapt to Changes in the Manufacturing Landscape

Leigh Hopkins
John Molinaro
02 Nov 2016
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Edna Boies Hopkins | Lobby Level

How Regions Adapt to Changes in the Manufacturing Landscape

It’s no secret that the days where manufacturing employs the majority of the workforce are gone, but manufacturing remains a vital component of the economy. More than 12 million Americans are employed in the manufacturing sector, and in 2014, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $79,553 annually, including pay and benefits, more than 20 percent higher than the national average, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. This session will explore the trends occurring in manufacturing and examine how some regions are adapting to changes in the manufacturing landscape.


  • Tab Wilkins, Regional Manager for Strategic Transition, NIST MEP


  • Ned Hill, Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University
  • Leigh Hopkins, Sr. Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • John Molinaro, President, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth