TODAY: University of Utah gets recognized for spearheading American manufacturing and economic growth

U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator tours the university today to review efforts.

Jul 16, 2015, 10:36 ET from U.S. Small Business Administration

SALT LAKE CITY, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer from the U.S. Small Business Administration will visit the University of Utah, host of the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI), which last week was named as one of twelve winners of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) competition. The IMCP competition is an Administration-wide initiative led by the Department of Commerce and the National Economic Council to help catalyze the rebirth of American manufacturing across the country.

The UAMMI for the Wasatch Front brings together public and private partners to assure the growth and sustainability of Utah's Advanced Composites Cluster. The Advanced Composites Cluster supports other regional manufacturing clusters including aerospace, transportation and outdoor recreation/athletic equipment manufacturing clusters. UAMMI is led by the University of Utah and serves the Wasatch Front region, which contains 80% of Utah's population and is anchored by Salt Lake City.

On his visit, Deputy Administrator Kramer will tour the university's NanoFab, meet briefly with key UAMMI stakeholders, and see a pitch competition in action at the Technology and Venture Corporation (TVC).


Thursday, July 16th, (Mountain Time)

11:00 – 11:10 Meet Andrew Buffmire at Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building and tour NanoFab

11:10 – 11:25 Roundtable with UAMMI partners, companies in advanced composite materials sector, access to capital partners, and technology assistance providers

11:25- 11:30 Drive to Technology and Venture Corporation, TVC offices (on campus)

11:30 – 12:00 Listen to TVC pitch competition for a new adhesive (advanced materials) company; meet and greet with Brian Ritchie, Executive Director & Associate Vice President for Research Commercialization, TVC

12:05 Close tour

For media interviews with Deputy Administrator Doug Kramer please contact:  Ms. Georgia Yoshida at (801) 524-3217,

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SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration