Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine "The Road Ahead" at Mississippi State University's 2014 Manufacturing Summit.
The fourth annual summit, to be held Wednesday [April 23], will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU's Hassell H. Franklin Furniture Institute, located at the intersection of Blackjack Road and Loxley Way.
Gov. Phil Bryant will deliver opening remarks, via video, at 8:25 a.m.
Registration costs $99, and attendees may sign up and review the complete agenda at www.ffi.msstate.edu/summit.asp.
In addition to Bryant and Reeves, other elected officials scheduled to present include District 1 U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo and Mississippi Department of Transportation's Northern District Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville.
MSU President Mark E. Keenum and institute Director Bill Martin will also speak during the morning sessions.
"In today's global economy, manufacturers must stay abreast of local and global trends, issues associated with manufacturing and potential solutions to problems," Martin said. "Our purpose is to target specific things that are current in today's business and transfer knowledge to the attendees.
"We also reach out to the manufacturers to gauge issues important to them," he added. "We then try to develop the summit around their issues."
Conference sponsors include the Franklin Furniture Institute, as well as the American Home Furnishings Alliance and Mississippi Manufacturers Association.
Other program participants include:
"What's special about this year's summit is subject-matter diversity," Martin said. "In one day, you can gain knowledge on manufacturing competitiveness, transportation and logistics, buyer and supplier collaborations, potential solutions to workforce issues and get updated on the Affordable Care Act."
For more information on the summit, contact Amy Garrard, FFI outreach coordinator, at 662-325-8453 or email@example.com.