Marshall Brain, director of entrepreneurial programs at N.C. State, said he is fascinated with the number of entrepreneurial companies in N.C., as well as the reshoring trend—especially back to the Southeast.
"Having seen the supply chain problems and the difficulties with COVID, I am at the conference as a speaker but also as an attendee ... to see this phenomenon," Brain said.
Outside of supply chain difficulties and labor market hurdles, other topics that will get a deep dive at the conference include leveraging the U.S.' ability to get technology to market fast; and geopolitical factors around the globe.
"COVID is going to be with us for awhile, at least a year or eight months," Leonard said. "And there is political upheaval in different parts of the globe, like Taiwan and Eastern Europe."
And then there is construction, with its limited workforce and materials and subsequent long lead times.
"If you thought it was going to cost 'x,' double it. If you thought it was going to take 'x' time to complete a project, double it," Leonard said.
Many more panelists are set for this second day of IME South, visit imengineeringsouth.com for more information.
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"It is pretty obvious we have a diverse group and a passionate group here," Everly said. "We are touching on all of that with our content."