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Gateway To Host International Conference in Covington in October on the Future of Manufacturing

Gateway Community & Technical College and the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3) will host an international conference on The Future of Manufacturing: Implications for Education and Training.

The conference, to be held Oct. 1-2 at Covingtons Embassy Suites hotel, is expected to attract participants from eight U.S. states and five European countries, including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Northern Ireland, and Spain. Internationally known speakers will examine emerging trends in manufacturing production, technology, employment and the education required for manufacturing economies to be competitive and sustainable.

The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky regional economy is recovering faster than the rest of America, and our strengths in manufacturing are powering the improvement, said Ed Hughes, Gateway president and CEO. This conference enables our region to showcase its strengths and at the same time learn more about industrial partnerships and pathways that have succeeded on an international level.

Hughes said the conference will be enlightening for industry executives, college and university administrators and faculty, economic development specialists and industry trainers.

Speakers include Phillip Singerman, associate director for innovation industry services, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Adam Friedman, director of the Pratt Institutes Center for Community Development; John Winzeler, president of Winzeler Gear Company, Chicago; Ted Hall, president of ShopBot Tools, Durham, N.C.; Lou Lenzi, director of industrial design, GE-Appliances; and Ross Meyer of Cincinnati, executive director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce.

Confirmed international speakers include Risto Raivio, European Commission Directorate on Education and Culture, Vocational Education and Training Policy; and Hanne Shapiro, centre manager, Danish Technological Institute.

Conference sponsors include the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Regional Technology Strategies, Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative, The Danish Agency for International Education, and the Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

To register for the conference, visit