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Steve Lockwood joined CITEC as Business Development Director bringing his leadership experience in manufacturing and sales to connect CITEC's clients with resources to grow their businesses.
Steve worked as a CITEC Business Advisor before leaving to join Citizen Advocates as Director of Vocational Programs in 2014. Prior to that he held various positions at Camoplast/Rockland, Multina USA, and General Motors.
"We are excited to have Steve back. His broad experience will be a great asset to our clients," says Reg Carter, CITEC Executive Director.
You can reach Steve at email@example.com, or
The National-Level Economic Impact of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
A recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute found the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of nearly 9:1 for the $130 million annually invested by the federal government. Using the national REMI® model, along with the results from the FY2016 NIST MEP client impact survey conducted by Fors Marsh, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research study finds that economic returns are substantially higher than previously reported by the MEP Program due to broader economic effects. The study uses a conservative approach in estimating the broader economic impacts of the program by examining the competitive interactions between firms.
You can read the report or a summary at this link.
Funding for MEP Zeroed Out in White House Budget Proposal
The American Small Manufacturers Coalition is working to help make sure funding for the MEP is included in the federal budget. If CITEC or any other MEP center in NY State or the nation has helped your business grow, please take a moment to contact your representatives and let them know. It only takes a minute when you use the interface provided by the ASMC at this link.
Hiring for the Factory Floor -- Are Hard Skills or Soft Skills More Important?
Hiring a team is challenging. The consequences of a bad hire or a wrong fit, can be very costly. Everyone has the methods they rely on to hire, but are they really providing you the team you want and need? Unfortunately, as Larry Fast points out in this thoughtful piece, the answers are not exactly black and white.