Outsourcing decimated the manufacturing industry. Jobs tied to the sector fell from nearly 20 million in 1979 to some 14 million in 2007.
Would manufacturing ever become the leader it once was in the US economy?
Economist Antoine van Agtmael and journalist Fred Bakker think so, and detail in their new book how places like Akron, Ohio, or Albany, NY have reimagine modern manufacturing to position themselves as trailblazers to lead the West toward an economic renaissance.
Antoine van Agtmael, co-author of the book, “The Smartest Places on Earth” (Public Affairs, 2016) and a senior adviser at Garten Rothkopf, a public policy advisory firm in DC. Disclaimer: He is a member of the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees
Fred Bakker, journalist and co-author of the book, “The Smartest Places on Earth” (Public Affairs, 2016)