WORK GROUP TO STUDY THE TRANSFORMATION OF MANUFACTURING IN MARYLAND'S EMERGING DIGITAL ECONOMY

Lily Qi, Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)
Vacancy, Vice-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Senate President: James C. Rosapepe; Christopher R. West.

Appointed by House Speaker: Lily Qi; one vacancy.

Appointed by Chancellor, University System of Maryland: Lindsay Ryan

Appointed by Executive Director, Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland: Christopher R. Cosgrove

Appointed by President, Fraunhofer Center Mid-Atlantic: Adam Porter, Ph.D.

Appointed by Executive Director, Maryland Association of Community Colleges: Kelly Koermer

Appointed by President, Maryland Independent College & University Association: Imande Altema

Appointed by Chair, Maryland Manufacturing Advisory Board: Suzy Gantz

Appointed by Executive Director, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Michael Kelleher

Appointed by President, Maryland State & District of Columbia AFL-CIO: Donna S. Edwards

Appointed by Chief Executive Officer, Maryland Tech Council: Kelly M. Schulz

Appointed by President, Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic: Jack Weber

Appointed by Board of Directors, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland: Robert Mather; April Richardson, Esq.; Kenneth Sanchez; Kunjan Tokekar; Thomas VanCott, Ph.D.

Appointed by President, Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland: Michael Galiazzo, Ph.D.

Representing Maryland Small Business Development Center: Wynne S. Briscoe


[photo, World Trade Center Baltimore,
401 East Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland] Ex officio: vacancy, designee of Secretary of Commerce; W. Lance Schine, designee of Secretary of Information Technology; Will Grant, designee of Secretary of Labor.

Staff: Heather M. Gramm

c/o Office of Strategic Industries & Entrepreneurship
Department of Commerce
World Trade Center Baltimore, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202 - 3316
(410) 767-5570
e-mail: heather.gramm1@maryland.gov

World Trade Center Baltimore, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2010. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


In July 2021, the Work Group to Study the Transformation of Manufacturing in Maryland's Emerging Digital Economy was formed by the General Assembly (Chapters 581 & 582, Acts of 2021).

The Work Group identified new and emerging digital technologies that will shape work in the future. It considered education and skills necessary to compete, and viable strategies for businesses to adopt these technologies. Research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on relationships between emerging technologies and the workforce were examined. Moreover, the Work Group reviewed financial resources available to industries wanting to invest in Industry 4.0 technology, and the concept of how emerging technologies will influence manufacturing through interconnectivity, automation, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, machine learning, and real-time data. Further, the Work Group made recommendations on the State's entry into Industry 4.0 technology.

New tax credits and programs to make manufacturers more competitive were considered by the Work Group, and current statutory and regulatory authority over manufacturing were scrutinized.

A statewide training program addressing the skills gap for workers in an emerging digital economy was to be proposed by the Work Group, and private/public partnerships between the manufacturing industry and institutions of higher education were to be explored.

The Work Group submitted its final report in December 2022.

Authorization for the Work Group ended June 30, 2023.

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