Industrial Policy

Industrial Policy Memo

This summer, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese articulated a new vision for a robust and equitable U.S. industrial policy. The strategy seeks to help us reach the full potential of American competitiveness while delivering justice, equity, and prosperity to all citizens.  

To inform the Administration's new strategy, we pulled together a curated set of ideas from our extensive portfolio of nonpartisan, actionable ideas in science and technology policy. These ideas were diversely sourced from more than 300 Day One contributors — including students, academics, activists, industry leaders, local and international government officials, and more.

Our letter addresses each of the industrial strategy's core pillars in five chapters:


Pillar I: Supply-Chain Resilience
Pillar II: Targeted Public Investment
Pillar III: Public Procurement
Pillar IV: Climate Resilience
Pillar V: Equity

We hope that these ideas help advance the vision of a modern industrial policy that benefits all Americans.  

Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: A Listening Session with Startups in Critical Industries

On September 16th, 2021, the Day One Project convened a closed-door listening session for interagency government leaders to hear from co-founders and supply-chain leaders of 10 startups in critical industries — bioeconomy, cleantech, semiconductor — about challenges and opportunities to scale their operations and improve resilience in the United States. The panel was moderated by Elisabeth Reynolds, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development.


The overarching theme is that for innovative companies in critical industries, the path of least resistance for scaling production is not in the United States — but it could be.

Fall Virtual Lunch Series on Industrial Policy

The Day One Project is hosting three one-hour roundtables for a Fall Virtual Lunch Series on Industrial Policy. During these roundtables, held from September to November, key government and industry leaders will speak about opportunities to address key national challenges through tools of “industrial policy.” As a platform for new science and technology ideas, the Day One Project seeks to use these events to engage policymakers directly on novel solutions to these challenges.


Rebuilding American Manufacturing

September 30, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

The decades-old dictum of “innovate here, produce there” has stymied our nation’s technological progress and prowess. As Japan, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and China have realized the benefits of “manufacturing-led” innovation systems, our nation, without innovative methods to produce newly developed technology, has failed to reap the benefits from our investments in R&D. Our two panels of government and industry experts will identify the latest perspectives on challenges, stakeholder interests, and congressional and executive opportunities to rebuild competitiveness in American manufacturing.





  • Elisabeth Reynolds — Special Assistant to the President on Manufacturing and Economic Development, White House National Economic Council

  • Katie Rae — CEO and Managing Partner, The Engine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Abigail Regitsky — Senior Associate, Breakthrough Energy U.S. Policy and Advocacy Team

  • Joseph Hamel — Director, Office for Innovation and Industrial Base Expansion (IBx), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Arnab Datta — Senior Counsel, Employ America

  • Chris Griswold — Policy Director, American Compass 

  • William B. Bonvillian — Lecturer and Senior Director for Special Projects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

View the Readout Here >


Procurement as an Instrument of Policy:

Novel Approaches to Climate Challenges

October 21, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Nascent government procurement levers have already demonstrated world-changing potential, from the advanced market commitments in Operation Warp Speed to the milestone-based partnership between NASA and SpaceX. A renewed commitment to innovation will require not only investments in emerging technologies, but experimentation with new ways of solving problems. In this session, our group of government and academic experts will focus on innovative procurement mechanisms to solve one of the most pressing problems of our time: market failures for climate solutions.




Confirmed Speakers

  • Tom Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer at Schmidt Futures

  • Lara Pierpoint, Director of Climate, Actuate

  • Jetta Wong, Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation




New Vehicles to Advance Competitiveness in Strategic Domains

Date & Time TBA

Investments in our nation’s competitiveness must appreciate evolving ways to perform and commercialize R&D. The FY22 markup of the National Defense Authorization Act, along with budget requests from the Department of Commerce and the National Science Foundation, reflect a growing recognition of the need to spread American R&D capacities from the coasts to the heartland. Our panel of leaders from key R&D agencies will share their priorities and plans to stimulate regional innovation in new ways.





To be announced.