Jay Williams to Participate and Speak at Summit on Accelerating Innovation

Jun 13, 2013, 15:38 ET from Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jay Williams, Executive Director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, will participate at and deliver remarks to leaders from the North American automotive supply chain in the closing plenary of the first Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America at Oakland University's campus in Rochester, Michigan on June 27, 2013.

Co-hosted by the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP), Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and Oakland University, the Summit on Accelerating Innovation brings a diverse group of leaders from across the North American automotive supply chain together to understand and explore barriers presently limiting the widespread adoption of environmentally and economically impactful advanced manufacturing process innovations.

Jay Williams is the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers of the U.S. Department of Labor. ORACW works with federal agencies to address issues of special importance to automotive communities and workers. This office works directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to ensure that they receive the federal support necessary that, when in conjunction with state and local efforts, will help these communities return to a better economic condition.

Matt Bogoshian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Senior Policy Counsel in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, will deliver the Summit's luncheon keynote earlier that day.

"We are very pleased that Mr. Williams and Mr. Bogoshian will be joining leaders in the automotive industry in participating in the Summit on Accelerating Innovation to explore innovation opportunities in the North America automotive supply chain," said Steve Hellem, SP's Executive Director. "We have been very fortunate to have a dedicated leadership team that has been led by Russell Brynolf, CEO, FTS Technologies and David O'Ryan, President, Advanced Technology and Marketing Group that have identified the need for this unique summit," Hellem added. The breakout working sessions during the summit will be facilitated by a team of Haley & Aldrich Inc. Lean facilitators in key issue areas that include enabling innovation, building the business climate for innovation, and securing the talent pipeline.

The Summit on Accelerating Innovation is bringing together North American automakers, suppliers, government and academic leaders to explore opportunities to accelerate advanced manufacturing process innovation in the automotive supply chain. To request an invitation for your organization to participate in the Summit, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AcceleratingInnovation 

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The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is an innovative collaboration between automobile manufacturers – including American Honda Motor Co Inc., Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Nissan North America Inc., and Subaru of America Inc. –   their suppliers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  SP members work together to identify and implement creative projects and programs that will advance environmental sustainability while providing economic value to the automotive supply chain through strategic action and engagement. Learn more at www.supplierspartnership.org

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment for the benefit of present and future generations, in the context of increasing economic, trade, and social links among Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Find out more at: www.cec.org

Oakland University is a doctoral, research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Learn more at www.oakland.edu

SOURCE Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)