The Brookings Institution announced that it is launching the new John Hazen White Jr. Forum on Public Policy to study manufacturing.

Taco President and CEO, John Hazen White Jr.

The Brookings Institutionannounced that it is launching the new John Hazen White Jr. Forum on Public Policy to study manufacturing. The gift fromJohn Hazen White Jr., the president and CEO ofTaco Inc., will endow the Forum and fund activities related to manufacturing and innovation.      

The formal launch of the project will be Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Brookings’ Falk Auditorium, with a forum on“U.S. Manufacturing: Policies for a New Economic Reality”. Manufacturing has played a vital role in U.S. economic and social development. As the country combats major economic pressures, manufacturers, labor and legislators are identifying policies to strengthen manufacturing and reenergize this highly important sector of the U.S. economy.  

At the July 12 forum, Brookings will host a half-day conference on ways to address its current challenges. Among the speakers at this event will be RepresentativeDon Manzullo(R-Ill), RepresentativeDavid Cicilline(D-RI),Phillip Singermanof the U.S. Department of Commerce,Steven Rattnerof Willet Advisors,Thea Leeof the AFL-CIO,Scott Paulof the Alliance for American Manufacturing,Rob Atkinsonof the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation andMark MuroandDarrell Westof the Brookings Institution.  

The project is led byDarrell M. West, vice president of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. “John White’s generosity enables us to explore this important area, and raise public and policymaker awareness of this sector,” he said.   

“As a manufacturer in business over 90 years, Taco is proud to be a company making things here in America,” said John White Jr. “The American manufacturer is an important part of our economic strength and health as a country, and we need to do everything we can to encourage and support an American manufacturing comeback.”

Source: Brookings Institution