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Fall Virtual Lunch Series on Industrial Policy
September 30th — October 29th, 2021

The Day One Project is hosting three one-hour roundtables for a Fall Virtual Lunch Series on Industrial Policy. Beginning September 30th, every other Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM ET we will invite key government and industry leaders to 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.

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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.

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Speakers

  • 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

  • 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

2

Procurement as an Instrument of Policy:

Novel Approaches to Buying What Works

October 14, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

From the advanced market commitments in Operation Warp Speed to the milestone-based partnership between NASA and SpaceX, creative government procurement models have already demonstrated world-changing potential. A renewed commitment to innovation will require not only investments in emerging technologies, but experimentation with new ways of solving problems. In this panel discussion, a group of experts and policymakers will discuss the role of the government as a buyer—an underutilized chance to correct market failures, spawn new industries, and enhance American competitiveness.

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New Vehicles to Advance Competitiveness in Strategic Domains

October 29, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

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.

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