Over the past year, the Hub has connected nearly 1,300 attendees at 55 separate events to help educate attendees on ways to improve their business, learn about key technologies impacting manufacturing, and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration.
With a focus on eight technologies, the Hub is helping companies grow, diversify and stay competitive. The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is working proactively to make this region a winner.
Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub services include:
- Operational assessments
- Triage and project management to oversight solutions
- Free registry in regional supplier catalog
- Seminars and B2B events
- Access to the Critical Talent Network
- Connections to the Quad City Manufacturing Lab (QCML) and national research
- Personalized support
In the next year, the Hub will debut technology playbooks, online “how-to” guides that help companies make the business case for and outline steps toward implementing emerging technologies crucial for future success. In addition, 2018 will see the unveiling of a proprietary supply chain mapping software to assist economic development efforts. The market intelligence-gathering tool will enable the team to assess both contracting opportunities that suppliers within our service area could fulfill, as well as any threats to existing businesses when market forces change.
Want to learn more about the Hub? Attend the next Hub Huddle on January 19. Hub Huddles are an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to share, on a peer-to-peer basis, best practices for growth and strategies to overcoming challenges. The next Hub Huddle topic is: Business Development: Creating & Implementing an Aggressive Strategy to Expand Revenue & Profit. RSVP>
The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub serves as a pilot market for the statewide activities of the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Program, which supports the state’s defense and manufacturing industries by delivering resources and providing new insights that help companies and communities grow, diversify, and become more resilient. The Illinois DIA Program covers five communities considered to be at high risk to market force changes due to their ties to the defense industry, a high concentration of manufacturers or both. Other areas in addition to the Quad Cities include Rockford, Northeastern Illinois, Peoria and Southwestern Illinois.