The Board of Directors for the Council of Industry held their bi-monthly meeting on Thursday, March 10 to review Council business and plan a course for the coming months. They were joined by Jonathan Drapkin, the president of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, to discuss his organization’s work related to education, workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure. The Board expressed particular interest in K-12 education, hoping to spur greater interest in manufacturing and engineering among students. Several possibilities were brainstormed, that varied from arranging field trips to local manufacturers to lobbying districts to hire more high school guidance counselors focused solely on helping students plan their career path. Other topics discussed included the upcoming Lobby Day on March 15, and the Council’s magazine.
Meet the people behind the products. From semi-conductors to Jet engine turbines – from apple pie filling to smoked salmon – from cosmetics to high definition micro displays – Council members make the products that make the world run. Through our podcast we introduce listeners to the people who own, work in, and support these businesses, businesses that together are the Council of Industry. We learn about their products and career paths. We learn about their leadership styles and their passion for their work. We learn about their challenges and their opportunities. In the process we learn more about manufacturing and why it is such a vital sector of our economy- vital to our region’s prosperity, our security and our future.