Transforming Manufacturing in a Digital Economy (Making It in Maryland)

The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) was the key driver in the creation and passing of Maryland bills HB658 and SB444, “Transforming Manufacturing In a Digital Economy Workgroup (Making It in Maryland).” The bills officially became law on July 1, 2021, establishing a workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding advanced digital technologies shaping the future of Maryland manufacturing including quantum computing, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D., president of RMI
Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D., president of RMI

“The passing of these bills into law is a huge victory for Maryland manufacturers and our state’s economy, it was a bipartisan, stakeholder driven effort. Maryland is already a top state for research and development in manufacturing, and therefore the state was perfectly positioned to pass this first-of-its-kind legislation. The law not only publicly establishes manufacturing as a priority for the state but will also shape the future of Maryland manufacturing and position Maryland as a national showcase and powerhouse for next-generation advanced manufacturing.”

– Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D., president of RMI

Senator Chris West (R-Baltimore County, MD)
Senator Chris West (R-Baltimore County, MD)

“RMI is the catalyst and driving force for this bill—putting the state on the map as one of the first states to truly harness digital technology to enable next-gen manufacturing. I led this bill because I believe it is vitally important for Maryland to position itself on the cutting edge of manufacturing.”

– Senator Chris West (R-Baltimore County, MD)
Sponsor SB444 to create the workgroup

Delegate Lily Qi (D- Montgomery County, MD)
Delegate Lily Qi (D- Montgomery County, MD)

“I was very excited when approached by RMI to sponsor this bill, I believe this focused initiative diversifies our economic industry, allows us to provide middle-wage/skill jobs and attract the industries of the future to Maryland.” 

– Delegate Lily Qi (D- Montgomery County, MD)
Sponsor HB658 to create the workgroup

Watch and listen as RMI President Mike Galiazzo shares:

Mike Galiazzo, Ph.D., president of RMI

Why Mike Galiazzo is passionate about this Legislative Workgroup:
https://youtu.be/YVtFtOXY9Xs

What Maryland stands to gain from the efforts of this Workgroup:
https://youtu.be/X6520Quwr9k

Why digital technologies are the key to making MD manufacturing globally competitive:
https://youtu.be/AtFGgZfrukA

How an MIT study influenced the formation of this Legislative Workgroup:
https://youtu.be/UYQd_sPf-Y4

What technologies are transforming Maryland manufacturing and what this Workgroup’s role is as it relates to these new technologies for MD manufacturing:
https://youtu.be/7-sdgAQ7tnA