Since America’s economic and national security relies upon a strong and resilient manufacturing ecosystem, 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.
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 is AMCC’s work with NIST to develop a manufacturing community ecosystem dashboard based on best-in-class publicly available data framed around these Big 6 key manufacturing areas.