New Jersey will be one of three states and the unincorporated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico to take part in the nationwide National Policy Academy, aimed at developing best practices for their respective local manufacturing industries, according to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
Kentucky and Utah are the other states joining New Jersey in the policy academy, which is funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership and organized by both the State Science & Technology Institute in Ohio and the Center for Regional Competitiveness.
“We are confident that SSTI’s programming and expertise will help us build actionable plans that effectively support this crucial sector as part of the governor’s larger goal to strengthen our state’s economy,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said in a prepared statement.
The policy academy will provide technical assistance that New Jersey will utilize to develop and implement a statewide plan for its manufacturing industry, the NJEDA said.
Brian Sabina, senior vice president at the Office of Economic Transformation within the EDA, will lead New Jersey’s 15-person delegation for the yearlong academy, which will include academics and government and private-sector officials.
The EDA, along with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership, submitted the application for New Jersey to be part of the academy.