Bayh, Barbour to Unveil Manufacturing Jobs Report Friday

June 12, 2014

A University of Virginia Miller Center commission co-chaired by McGuireWoods partner Evan Bayh and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will release a report outlining ideas for creating middle-class manufacturing jobs at a Friday news conference.

Bayh, a Democratic former Indiana governor and U.S. senator, and Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, jointly led a commission that focused on American manufacturing’s small and medium-sized enterprises.

The commission’s work is part of the “Milstein Symposium: Ideas for a New American Century,” a Miller Center initiative that is bringing together policymakers, business and industry leaders, scholars, and journalists to define and advance ideas and policies to help rebuild the American Dream.

The report, released Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, will be the first in a series that will focus on creating middle-class jobs. Separate commissions are examining job creation through entrepreneurship and infrastructure investment and will release reports later this year.

The commission led by Bayh and Barbour will propose six ideas on how to accelerate the innovative capacity of small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises. The proposals include providing a more flexible education system, certification programs, and access to financing and technology.

In the Senate, Bayh served on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and introduced legislation to expand Small Business Administration loans to small manufacturers.

The news conference will take place in the First Amendment Lounge at the National Press Club and will be streamed live at

Other commission members include:

  • Rebecca O. Bagley, president and chief executive officer, NorTech, a technology-based economic development organization focusing on Northeast Ohio ;
  • Aaron Bagshaw, president, WH Bagshaw Co., the oldest pin manufacturer in the United States;
  • Matthew Burnett, founder, Maker’s Row, a company endeavoring to simplify the manufacturing process by connecting designers to domestic manufacturers;
  • W. Bernard Carlson, chair of the UVa Department of Engineering and Society, professor of science, technology and history, and the commission’s lead scholar;
  • Jennifer Clark, associate professor at the School of Public Policy and director of the Center for Urban Innovation in the Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech;
  • Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, who is president of the Business Roundtable;
  • James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine;
  • James Manyika, director of the McKinsey Global Institute and senior partner at McKinsey & Company;
  • Kate Sofis, executive director of SFMade, a non-profit corporation working to bolster San Francisco’s economic base through local manufacturing;
  • Howard Wial, director of the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.