At the trustee meeting in Washington, Gary heard from Chad Moutray, chief economist of the National Association of Manufacturers. Dr. Moutray said manufacturing exports are higher than ever despite having five million less workers compared to the year 2000. He felt that the yardstick of manufacturing success should not be based solely on the number of manufacturing workers since automation has had a big impact.
Gary attended the National Small Business Association trustee meeting in Washington, DC last week. According to their survey of business owners, the three most pressing concerns (in order) were high costs of healthcare, tax reform and access to capital.