Missoula Regional Manufacturing Growth Workshop

Sector Growth Workshop: September 25, 2017

Connecting and Leveraging Missoula Manufacturing Companies and Resources

What would it look like if the Missoula area was a regional center of manufacturing excellence?
What’s your role in improving outcomes for your company, our local economy, and the workforce?

The new White House administration has stated that its intentions include tax reform, increasing protectionism and bringing manufacturing jobs back, cutting government spending, and investing in America’s infrastructure.

In the broad manufacturing sector, hot topics include automation and robotics, the industrial internet of things (IIOT), data analytics, supply chain integration, and increasing ERP reliance. Industry Week recently identified the following issues for manufacturers to consider in 2017 and beyond:

  * Will the skills gap continue to plague manufacturing and what can we do about it?
  * Is digitalization a means to improved productivity or the path to new revenue?
  * How do manufacturers translate data from sensors into automated actions and insights?
  * How can manufacturers overcome risks of commoditization and create differentiation?
  * Should B2B industries care about the customer experience too?

Montana’s manufacturers consistently identify three major challenges:

  * Workforce
  * Access to capital
  * Sales and Marketing

Against this backdrop, what would better success look like for manufacturing in Missoula, and how do we achieve it?

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center invites manufacturing professionals to collaborate with peers and partners from public and private sectors to identify pathways to overcome these and other pressing challenges. Participants will identify assets, resources, and capabilities, discover how to link and leverage them, and layout pathways to superior outcomes. This action-biased day-long Strategic Doing workshop will enable Missoula’s manufacturing community to choose and realize our collective future.  

Register Now by clicking on the registration button at the top or on the right side of the page.  During registration, you will be asked to answer a brief one-question survey to provide input on the most important framing questions for manufacturing industry growth in the Missoula area.  See the Fees tab on the left for information about registration costs.

See an example of Strategic Doing success in the Gallatin Valley by watching this marketing video created for the Photonics industry and showcased this summer at the Laser World of Photonics show in Germany. 

Learn more about strategic doing by watching Ed Morrison's TED-X talk

For more information, contact Shane Cantrell:


Please register by Sep. 19 in order to be guaranteed lunch, as catering must be finalized on the 20th.

  • When

  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mountain Time

  • Where

  • Missoula College, Univ of Montana
    Blackfoot Cafe
    1205 E. Broadway St.
    Missoula, Montana 59802

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