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Diversity and Achievements: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in the Midwest

Organized in cooperation with
MAGNET, the University of Akron, The Timken Company, and
Ohio MEP Center
26 March 2012
The University of Akron
National Polymer Innovation Center
Akron, Ohio
9:00AM           Welcome
Philip Shapira, University of Manchester and Georgia Institute of Technology
9:15AM           Panel I: The MEP Model and Its Applications: A Review of Goals, Structure, Funding, and Achievements
Moderator: Ned Hill, Dean of the College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Daniel Berry, President and CEO, MAGNET
Dave McKinnis, Director, Technical Assistance Program, Purdue University
Eric Esoda, Executive Director, Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center
10:00AM         Q&A for Panel I
10:45AM         Coffee Break
11:00AM         Panel II: The User Perspective: Views from MEP Clients
Moderator: Ed Breiner, President & CEO, Schramm
Bob Lawson, Consultant
11:45AM         Q&A for Panel II
12:30PM         Lunch
1:00PM           Luncheon Keynote
                        Mark Kvamme, President, JobsOhio
2:00PM           Panel III: Economic Development Networks: The Role of MEP and Its Partners
Moderator: Joe Roman – Greater Cleveland Partnership
Christiane Schmenk, Director, Ohio Department of Development
Rebecca Bagley, President & CEO, NorTech
Luis Proenza, President & CEO, The University of Akron
Peter Broer, President, Lumitex
3:00PM           Q&A for Panel III
3:45PM           Coffee Break
4:00PM           Roundtable: Open Discussion: How Should MEP Evolve? How Can MEP Improve?
                        Moderator: Dr. Paul Wright, Director – CITRIS, UC Berkeley*
                        Gary Conley, President, TechSolve
                        Dave McKinnis, Director, Technical Assistance Program, Purdue University
                        Jim Griffith, President & CEO, The Timken Company
5:00PM           Adjourn to Reception