What does 3D printing have to do with our local economy? It’s just one of the technologies that are transforming the way manufacturers do business. The Chamber’s Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is helping area manufacturers connect and build expertise on new technologies including augmented and virtual reality, business analytics, b2b marketing platforms, and 3D printing.

Mike Coughlin, the Chamber’s membership manager shares below how the Hub can help manufacturers grow, diversify, and stay competitive in the future as market forces change. The Hub provides access to an array of programs and services that help businesses -- particularly those in the manufacturing and Dept. of Defense supply chain -- network, collaborate and learn about the technological and digital changes that will transform the face of their industry.

Why does this matter to non-manufacturing firms? Manufacturing makes up 17 percent of our regional employment. Ensuring that our manufacturing industry stays competitive strengthens our local economy, leading to businesses and their employees spending money at other local businesses.

From Hub Huddles, to User Groups and more, find all of the upcoming Hub events, here.

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