The Big 6

Since America’s economic and national security relies upon a strong and resilient manufacturing ecosystem (See this 2021 Supply Chain Executive Order), understanding key component parts of that ecosystem is critical to employ the best interventions. 

Based on prior work by the National Economic Council for the IMCP initiative, there are six key areas that all need to work well for manufacturing communities to thrive. We now call that set of key areas “The Big 6”:

1. Workforce and Training;

2. Research and Innovation;

3. Infrastructure and Site Development;

4. Supply Chain Support;

5. Trade and International Investment; and

6. Operational Improvement and Capital Access.

A sustainable development framework means not only identifying smarter interventions that more predictably lead to more economic innovation and good jobs, but it includes doing so by advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability at the same time. 

Many of AMCC’s systems leadership activities are and will continue to focus on and be communicated using these six areas within a sustainable development framework. An example of this sustainable development focus is AMCC’s work with NIST to develop a Manufacturing Community Ecosystem Metrics (MCEM) dashboard based on best-in-class publicly available data framed around these Big 6 key manufacturing areas.

Manufacturing Community Ecosystem Metrics Project Documents (Last Updated 9/18/23):

MCEM Executive Summary

MCEM Project Statement

MCEM Full Report

Slides on Utah’s Pilot Project

Below is a recording of the January 26, 2022 discussion and list of attendees about the open source effort with NIST MEP, AMCC and many other public and private stakeholders to build a national open source MCEM tool.