CAVS-E staff among those representing Mississippi at the MEP National Network Forum

Attendees at the 2023 NIST MEP National Network Forum
Attendees at the 2023 NIST MEP National Network Forum

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems-Extension's director, Tonya McCall, and associate director, Billy Peacock, were among a group representing Mississippi at the first Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network Forum hosted by the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence in collaboration with National Institute of Standards and Technology MEP (NIST MEP). This event was held in Buffalo, NY on September 11-14, with more than 600 attendees from MEP Centers and affiliates across the U.S.

The MEP National Network Forum focused discussions on industry challenges, understanding the evolving role of MEP, and increasing knowledge to support small and medium-sized manufacturers. Breakout sessions were conducted, covering topics such as advanced manufacturing technology, supply chain optimization, and workforce skill development.

CAVS-E is an affiliate of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association-Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MMA-MEP), which is one of the 51 state MEP Centers funded by the NIST MEP. MMA-MEP and its affiliates work to empower manufacturers with the resources needed to foster innovation, generate employment opportunities, boost revenue, and streamline operations for cost-effectiveness.

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