5 Reasons You Can’t Miss the 2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss the 2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference

From developing cutting-edge innovations to understanding the latest tax policy and attracting top talent, Iowa manufacturers must stay current on all aspects of business. The 2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference, on September 30th,  is your opportunity to learn about these and other trends and challenges facing manufacturers today.

Here are five reasons this is a must-attend business event for manufacturers and those in other industries:

1) Keynote speaker Matthew May: May is an internationally recognized thought leader on strategy, culture and innovation whose book “In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing” has helped a host of businesses learn to solve challenges in ways that achieve the maximum effect with minimum resources.

2) Best practices on how to attract the next generation of employees: Finding qualified employees is one of the greatest challenges facing manufacturers today. Jeremy Bout, executive producer and host of the Edge Factor TV series, will offer resources and advice on how to inspire students and parents about the future of advanced manufacturing. Representatives from Manpower, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, DMACC and HillPhoenix will also provide insight on how to strategically recruit and retain valuable employees.

3) Networking and business development: Manufacturing is one of Iowa’s largest industries, accounting for 18.3 percent of the state’s GDP last year. If you’re not conducting business with manufacturers, you are missing out on some major opportunities. Spend the day with more than 300 of the state’s top manufacturing and business leaders.

4) Insight on how to achieve optimal performance: Regardless the industry, employers rate work ethic, integrity and professionalism as critically important characteristics in their employees. Dr. Matt Davidson will provide research-based, field-tested strategies for achieving optimal performance around these essential qualities – for both workforce and workplace development.

5) Latest innovations: Iowa’s manufacturers are on the forefront of technological innovation. Learn about the latest technologies being employed in manufacturing facilities. In particular, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University will discuss the current state of additive manufacturing technologies, with a focus on metal printing.

Learn more, or register for the 2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference.

Emily Schettler, Communications Coordinator, Iowa Association of Business and Industry

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