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Gardner Carrick is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Manufacturing Institute.  Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms and the production of a regular series of reports on the issues and challenges affecting the U.S. manufacturing sector.  Mr. Carrick also leads the Institute's efforts with the U.S. military to assist transitioning personnel and is responsible for the workforce and education outreach activities in several states.

Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Carrick worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration where he served as the Project Director for a $325 million initiative focusing on talent development in 39 regions across the country. The project worked to integrate the workforce development, economic development, and education strategies of a region to create the talent base required to drive economic growth. He managed a team of over 100 staff and consultants working on the project.

Mr. Carrick also served as the Communications Director for the agency. He was responsible for developing outreach materials describing the programs and services offered by the Labor Department, writing speeches for the Assistant Secretary, expanding the agency’s web presence, and managing special projects on recruiting and developing talent for the construction industry.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Carrick was a Senior Associate at TATC Consulting, a Washington DC-based firm focused on providing expertise to federal and state agencies on employment and education related issues.

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