Canada gets it. Or at least Tony Clement, Canadian Minister of Industry, gets it when it come to understanding that the manufacturing and knowledge economy are one.
Here is a quote fro a recent article in Site Selection magazine:
Asked how important manufacturing continues to be in the digital age, Clement said, “I really do believe we have to continue to make things. When I first came to our department as minister, I found in speeches this false dichotomy between the knowledge economy and the old manufacturing economy. I really altered that message, because to me the two are very much connected. Yes, in ICT, you can move forward on the knowledge economy in and of itself. But the knowledge economy primarily is a means to an end — it’s how you do agriculture, oil and gas, greentech or manufacturing better.”