Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, July 28, 2017

Blank selected as co-chair of energy, manufacturing group

Blank selected as co-chair of energy, manufacturing group

University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor and La Follette School faculty member Rebecca Blank has been named co-chair of the Council on Competitiveness’ Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership (EMCP).

A member of the Council since July 2014, Blank joined UW–Madison and the La Follette School in July 2013.

“America’s manufacturing success is central to our ability to compete with other countries and create new products, industries and jobs,” Blank said in the Council’s news release about her honorary role. “How we educate and train the next generation will go a long way in determining whether we are able to seize this opportunity.”

Blank, an expert in social policy and poverty issues, spent four years in top positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce before joining UW–Madison, including more than a year as the agency’s acting secretary.

The EMCP analyzes critical sectors of the economy shaped by an altered energy landscape, a focus on energy productivity, and an emerging advanced manufacturing sector. It seeks to maximize economic opportunity and focuses on four key pillars of competitiveness—talent, technology, investment, and infrastructure.