Manufacturing Our Future Summit 2000
Wednesday, October 11, 2023



            MANUFACTURING OUR FUTURE: THE SUMMIT 2000 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at the Worcester Centrum Centre.  The SUMMIT is in conjunction with the AM EXPO NEW ENGLAND, which is the largest automated manufacturing show in the Northeast. This year’s SUMMIT will highlight the existing infrastructure in Central Massachusetts to encourage existing and new companies to expand in this region. 

 With its proximity to Boston, Cambridge and Route 128, Worcester County is the ideal location to manufacture the end products of research from the new and exploding markets in the areas of Biomedical Research, Telecommunications and Technology products. This fourth annual conference will present seminars on real estate opportunities, technological infrastructure and educational partnerships to illustrate how well prepared to compete in the global economy.    

Manufacturing has been a major economic force in Central Massachusetts since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  It remains a significant part of that economy today.  From its beginnings in 1997, MANUFACTURING OUR FUTURE: THE SUMMIT has had as its primary focus the continued development and strengthening of the Worcester County’s manufacturing economy.  This annual economic summit brings together the region’s considerable expertise in business, education and government to assess and explore the strengths and weaknesses in the Worcester County manufacturing community with the express aim of greatly enhancing this vital and historically significant aspect of the region’s economy.            

In preparation for THE SUMMIT focus groups meet to identify the specific needs of the manufacturing community and to find solutions that can be implemented and monitored to meet those needs.  By creating a convergence of differing points of view and different resources, these groups have been able to significantly effect the problems facing the nearly 1600 small manufacturers in the region.  It has been through these efforts that “clusters” of companies that have similar needs and interests have developed to enhance their competitiveness through discussion of common issues and group purchasing of essentials such as utilities and health care.  

One of the key issues facing manufacturers that has been addressed by The Summit has been the education and training of both management and workers.  Through the efforts of both manufacturers and the education community, significant steps have been taken toward creating a better-trained workforce.  Training classes to upgrade the skills of workers and school-to-work programs to encourage high school students to think seriously about careers in manufacturing have been a major part of this new alliance formed between the Education Community and Business. By substantially increasing labor’s skill, manufacturers are better able to incorporate new technologies that will make them more competitive in world markets. 

The past three summits have served their purpose well. They have raised the profile of manufacturing in the eyes of the larger community.  The city of Worcester and its surrounding communities have come to realize the importance of this sector in the regional economy.  Regional economic planning now incorporates manufacturing as one of its major components.  No longer is there a sense that manufacturing is dying in Central Massachusetts.  The emphasis now is on continuing to expand the manufacturing base in Central Massachusetts, which accounts for 74% of the economic sector, through the efforts of many different organizations, both private and public.  

It is time to say, “WE CAN MAKE IT HERE.” 

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting event, please contact Katherine Mahoney by clicking on the e-mail address:  [email protected].


Wednesday, October 11, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

8:00 – 8:30                  Registration 

8:30 a.m.                     Welcome Remarks by Paul Kennedy
                                    The Honorable James P. McGovern, Congressman 3rd Congressional District
                                    The Honorable Richard Neal, Congressman 2nd Congressional District
                                    Leslie Parks, Economic Development Director for the City of San Jose

9:00 a.m.                     Real Estate Initiatives
                                    ·         David Forsberg, President Worcester Business Development Corporation
                                    ·         Michael Hogan, Executive Director Mass Development
                                    ·         Michael Lanava, Director of Industry Development City of Fitchburg 
                                    ·         Susan Houston, Executive Director Massachusetts Alliance for Economic 
                                    ·         Everett Shaw, Chief Economic Development Director for the City of Worcester

9:45  a.m.                    Pathways to Education 
                                    ·         Dr. Frank Loew, President Becker College, Chairman Colleges of
                                         Worcester Consortium
                                    ·         Sandra Kurtinitis, President Quinsigamond Community College
                                    ·         Dennis Ferrante, Dir of Occupational Education Programs Worc Public Schools
                                    ·         Brian Gilmore, Executive Vice President Public Affairs, Associated Industries of 

 10:15                           Break

10:45 a.m.                   Growth Companies
                                    ·        Biomedical Industry, Kevin O’Sullivan, Vice President of Development
                                      Massachusetts Biomedical Initiative
                                    ·        Ann Hurd, Public Affairs Manager Intel
                                    ·        John E. Campbell, Manager of Facilities American Superconductor

11:15                           Resources for Growth
                                    ·         Mark Love, President and CEO Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce
                                    ·        Dr. Drexhange, CAFA
                                    ·         John DeStafano, NeesCOM
                                    ·         Charles Sturtevant, Mass MEP

11:45                           Wrap – Up
                                    Thomas Hoover, Manager City of Worcester

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