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By Emily Greenhalgh
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WASHINGTON – Thanks to a gift from John Hazen White Jr., president and CEO of Cranston-based Taco Inc., the Brookings Institution is launching the John Hazen White Jr. Forum on Public Policy to study manufacturing.
Brookings, which announced the project Monday, will hold its formal launch on Thursday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Brookings’ Falk Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
“Manufacturing has played a vital role in U.S. economic and social development,” said a Brookings Institution release. “As the country combats major economic pressures, manufacturers, labor and legislators are identifying policies to strengthen manufacturing and re-energize this highly important sector of the U.S. economy.”
The think tank will use the funds from White to study activities related to manufacturing and innovation.
“As a manufacturer in business over 90 years, Taco is proud to be a company making things here in America,” White said in prepared remarks. “The American manufacturer is an important part of our economic strength and health as a country, and we need to do everything we can to encourage and support an American manufacturing comeback.”
The project will be led by Darrel M. West, vice president of governance studies and director for the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings.
“John White’s generosity enables us to explore this important area, and raise public and policymaker awareness of this sector,” said West.
While the size of the donation from White was not released, West did say in an email that “it is a very generous gift.”