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East Coast Industry Forum 2018

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Name: East Coast Industry Forum 2018
Date: October 12, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Registration: Sorry, registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

The main themes of this year’s East Coast Industry Forum will be Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Development. Hartford, CT is a vibrant location for leading industries in defense, aerospace, power systems and bioscience. Companies benefit from Hartford’s central location within the Northeast corridor. One third of the U.S. economy is within a day’s drive of Connecticut. 

As products have become more sophisticated, so have production processes. Factories have become centers for advanced technologies, digital solutions and high-tech informatics. As a result manufacturers face the need for a new generation of specialized technicians with the skills and savvy to work effectively in today’s "smart" factories. 

New and better ways must be developed to train young people to meet the demands of advanced manufacturing. The German Dual System will be assessed on how it can complement existing training programs and become a value-added tool to improve skills development, product quality and a stronger economy in Connecticut. 
This model has already been implemented throughout the U.S. with successful results.

The East Coast Industry Forum will be a platform for representatives of business, government and education in Connecticut to come together to discuss and assess these new manufacturing development strategies.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Tracy Ariel, Executive Director, Tunxis Community College
  • Dr. Christine Benz, Training & Development Manager, Trumpf, Inc.
  • Andrew Campbell, President, Eastern Millwork, Inc
  • Andrea Comer, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, Connecticut Business & Industry Association
  • Chris Dimou, President, Roto Frank of America
  • Daryle Dudzinski, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut College of Technology
  • Frank Gulluni, Director Emeritus, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
  • Peter Hoecklin, President & CEO, Trumpf, Inc.
  • Helmut Landes, Deputy General Counsel , German Consulate General, Boston 
  • Dannel P. Malloy,  Governor of Connecticut     
  • Claudia Reuter, Managing Director, Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator
    Dietmar Rieg, CEO & President, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
  • Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Dr. Cliff Thermer, Chair of the Department of Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing, Goodwin College
  • Kurt Westby,  Labor Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor 
  • Nancy Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Executive Director Investor Relations, MetroHartford Alliance
  • Dr. Karen Wosczyna-BirchExecutive Director, Connecticut College of Technology
  • Dr. Lyle Wray, Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Government

Please find further information here.

Please email us! We have many ways to get involved as sponsor, media partner or speaker. 

UPWARD Hartford, 20 Church Street, Mezzanine Level, Hartford, CT
Contact Information:

Irene Fuchs
Senior Manager Business Manager, Startup Relations & Events
(212) 974-8841
Registration closes Thursday, October 11th 5pm.

Members: $75
Non-Members: $95

Refund Policy:
Cancellations cannot be refunded. Cancellations received 48 hours prior to the event will be credited towards another GACC NY event. Thank you for your support