- Julie Wenah (EDA): Last week Julie sent out a brief (thorough) update on programming and the summit planning. What would folks like to hear about at this year’s summit? More time for sharing best practices. Potential for only a handful of breakout sessions to provide more opportunity for the industry sectors/regional efforts. Opportunities for technical assistance - consultant to help provide assistance for IMCP communities. August 4th EDA coming to California. Still need Oregon, So. Idaho, Finger Lakes, San Antonio, Pittsburgh - travel. If your community has not been visited, please let Julie know. Also for the EDA website, let Julie know that she has your permission to post your images and stories. Will be updating the funding opportunity notice listing. Redesignation anticipated for late August -- early September.
- Marshaun Williams, Intern at EDA:
- Charlie Bartsch (EPA): No updates this week.
- Dileep Thatte (NIST MEP): Not on the call
- Brian Parker (EDA): Nothing new
- April Springfield-Blanco (DRA): Not on the call
- IMCP Summit: October 19 - 20, 2016 Do the IMCP community members want to have a reception/working session the day/evening before? Sarah and David Palmer are working on ideas and will be sending out a poll regarding interest. David: early invitation to the Senate co-sponsors as well as working on planning for presentations, innovations, interesting sharing that may need a deeper dive outside of the summit. Potential for best practices conversations that can offer the communities a chance to coordinate
- Programming Conference Call: IMCP community webinars are still in the works.
- Legislative Update: Commerce Committee-passed COMPETES reauthorization. Now just waiting for the passage on the floor
- Private funding/Finance update: No new news
- NNMI Coordination: Nothing happening
- Questions/Comments from the Gallery:
Cluster Discussions: None today.
Please note: we are no longer doing a round robin check in -- instead, we will focus on collaborative issues and projects. So -- we really truly need each region to take a moment or two to write a few sentences about what you are doing! (Please fill in what you can -- doesn’t have to be earth shattering!)
1st Round Designated Communities:
Southwest Alabama - Advancing Southwest Alabama
Primary Contact: Laura O’Connor at 251-431-8647 or email@example.com ; Kathy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- July 11 - 17, 2016 and Farnborough Air Show. A large delegation from Mobile, Alabama is attending the Farnborough Air Show in France.
Southern California - Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California
Primary Contact: Dion Jackson (213) 821-6145 or email@example.com
- New website available: http://ced.usc.edu/ampsocal/
- Managed Career Pipeline Pilot Programs currently underway. The program will be piloting partnerships between regional community colleges and workforce investment boards for workforce development and advancement.
- Will have a booth at the June 28, 2016 – Los Angeles County Manufacturing Career Pathways Summit, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m – Fletcher Enrichment Center (For more information & RSVP, contact Tracy DiFilippis at Tdifilippis@goodwillsocal.org)
- Hosting the June 30 - AMP SoCal Innovation Forum Series event, Technology Transfer for Small Business will showcase technology developed at 4-5 universities and one national lab. A few will offer an express license program which allows for rapid licensing. (more information)
- August 4 - Holding our 1st Bi-Annual AMP SoCal Conference at the California Science Center, home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Our first panel of the day will cover trends in Defense procurement and the last panel will have procurement officers from OEMs and Tier One Suppliers. (more information)
South Kansas region led by Wichita State University
Primary Contact: Debra Franklin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (316) 978-5209
- South Kansas hosted the SBIR Road Tour on June 30 with 175 attendees. Many thanks to the Federal program managers for their encouragement and wisdom.
- Wichita State University Shocker New Venture Competition concluded on Friday, April 29. http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article74811392.html
- Wichita State received a NSF I-Corps Site award. First cohort of 12 teams began customer validation training and has received development funds. http://www.wsuventures.org/funding-opportunities/icorps
- Region has submitted TIGER grant proposal.
Greater Portland region in Maine led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments Primary Contact: Caroline Paras, GPCOG email@example.com
- What’s up? Last week we received a debrief with NIST on our NNM proposal. While our topic suitable for compelling enough for national investment, our proposal lacked the specifics on how the institute would function. To advance the proposal further, the University of Southern Maine is hosting an event on July 7th to identify research priorities for the North Atlantic that are related to our new trade routes to Iceland and Northern Europe.
The Made in the Mid-South Manufacturing Alliance led by the Greater Memphis Chamber spanning nine counties in surrounding Memphis, TN
Primary Contact: Jean Reid firstname.lastname@example.org
- Awarded DOL Strengthening Working Families Grant $4M
The South-Central Idaho region led by the Region IV Development Association in Twin Falls, ID Primary Contact: Carleen Herring email@example.com
- Fabulous meeting with the railroads on the development of a transloading facility pilot project. This initial effort will provide valuable data on the viability of a full scale facility to serve the manufacturing community across southern Idaho.
- Progress is being made on workforce initiatives. The Idaho Department of Labor is working with our team on skills assessments and producing a comprehensive/coordinated overview of the current job openings and the training required to help our recent grads and workforce transition into those positions. Unemployment remains at 3.1%.
The Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium led by California State University in Fresno and the Sacramento Community
Primary Contact: Karmjot Grewal email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submitted additional documentation for an EDA grant to support staff on AgPlus implementation
- Working on our AgPlus Summit planned for Feb 2017
- Ongoing pillar group meetings working towards our goals and initiatives.