DOC's Chief Economist: Looking out for manufacturing's little guy
Posted 5.28.15Susan Helper, PhD, the Chief Economist for U.S. Department of Commerce and Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics (on leave), is Industry Week's Manufacturing Leader of the Week.
The IndustryWeek Manufacturing Leader of the Week highlights the manufacturing leaders, executives and stars who are driving growth in today's industry and helping to shape the future of manufacturing.
From Industry Week:
As Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Susan Helper advises the Secretary of Commerce and works with the White House on issues related to manufacturing and innovation, including strengthening the small manufacturers that are the backbone of the U.S. supply chain.
As Capitol Hill birds chirped in the background (a fire drill had sent her outdoors), Helper talked, among other things, about the importance of collaboration between the federal government, academia, and industry; a remarkable community partnership in Puget Sound, Wash.; and her belief that worker training won’t solve a skills shortage if wages aren’t what they should be.