Workshop to Demonstrate How Innovation Can Be Engineered

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More than 100 manufacturers, business owners and executives, economic developers and workforce development professionals will learn how to engineer innovation at the latest session of the Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute, which will be held June 4, 5 and 6 at the Ballentyne Hotel and Lodge in Charlotte, NC.

The Institute teaches organizations how to innovate deliberately to increase their chances for success in bringing new products and services to the market. Innovative companies are the most likely to succeed.

More than 100 manufacturers, business owners and executives, economic developers and workforce development professionals will learn how to engineer innovation at the latest session of the Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute, which will be held June 4, 5 and 6 at the Ballentyne Hotel and Lodge in Charlotte, NC.

These sessions have convened more than 30 times at locations across the county under the auspices of the federal program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The Charlotte session is hosted by the Industrial Extension Service of North Carolina State University, which serves as the NC MEP, and the SC MEP. The event is being facilitated by Eureka! Ranch International.

The Institute teaches organizations how to innovate deliberately to increase their chances for success in bringing new products and services to the market. Innovative companies are the most likely to succeed.

WHO: Doug Hall from Eureka! Ranch International (inventor, entrepreneur, researcher and author of “Jump Start Your Business Brain”) will facilitate.

WHAT: Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute

WHERE: Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. & 7 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday, June 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. & 7 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BACKGROUND:
The Industrial Extension Service (http://www.ies.ncsu.edu) serves as the outreach program of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. Since 1955, IES has worked to advance manufacturing in North Carolina, and in the last decade has provided more than $2 billion of value to the state's manufacturers, and created or retained more than 5,000 jobs. In 1996, IES also became the North Carolina center of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) (http://nist.gov/MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. The NC MEP and SC MEP belong to this national network.

For more information about the Charlotte workshop, go to http://www.ies.ncsu.edu/innovation-engineering.

CONTACT: Kevin Grayson 704-480-9653 or kevin_grayson(at)ncsu(dot)edu

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