- Julie Wenah (EDA): Thank you everyone who has hosted us in their IMCP community since the beginning of the year. May was very busy as we are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the first IMCP communities. Last weekend we made the local news in Connecticut as well. Redesignation is going through a thorough review and we are setting a benchmark to be used for each community. Due to the length of this process all round-one communities’ designations are extended through July 31, 2016. Next week we’ll have a representative from ITA joining us.
- Charlie Bartsch (EPA): Our area-wide planning grant has not yet been announced but will be available soon. I’ll make sure you receive word as soon as it’s available.
- Brian Parker (EDA): Reminder - Regional Innovation Strategy proposals are due June 24th.
- April Springfield-Blenco (DRA): No updates today.
- Dileep Thatte NIST MEP): Visiting SouthEast Michigan on Friday, June 10. Wants to thank Julie Wenah and Charlie Bartsch in helping him prepare for the visit.
IMCP Manufacturing Tour – Please identify proposed dates for a visit to your community (including more than one is very helpful). The purpose of this tour is to travel into manufacturing communities across the country to heighten the awareness of U.S. manufacturing and hear firsthand from the communities regarding issues they are facing as it relates to industry, workforce and other factors.
- Charlie Bartsch (EPA):
- Dileep Thatte (NIST/MEP):
- Other BFF’s on the call?
- Partnership Opportunities:
- Kresge Foundation. IMCP partnership:
- The Partnership:
- Puget Sound - applicant for loan financing
- Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing IMCP
- Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Communities IMCP
- Southern California IMCP
- South Kansas IMCP
- With assistance from:
- South Central Idaho IMCP
- Tennessee Valley IMCP
- BFF Charlie Bartsch, Toby Rittner with CDFA, Tim Larson, Ross Strategic
- Update - were not invited for a full application
- Next Steps - There will be another opportunity in 6 months so we will be searching for a CDFI to partner with as our applicant.
- The Partnership:
- NSF INCLUDES application being submitted by IMCP partnership -- how can the rest of us help support?
- The Partnership:
- Southwest Alabama IMCP
- NW Georgia IMCP
- Memphis Tennessee IMCP
- Tennessee Valley (Nashville)IMCP
- Louisiana IMCP
- The Partnership:
- NNMI - Automation and Robotics - there are two competing proposals with IMCP involvement. One is led by EWI (Alamo Manufacturing Partnership) and the other is led by Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburg and Southern California). Both would like to show support from the IMCP community. A request will be coordinated and submitted for support next Monday.
- Regional Innovation Strategies application? (Regional Innovation Strategies FFO - issued April 25th. Deadline - June 24th. EDA-HDQ-OIE-2016-2004868 FY2016 Regional Innovation Strategies Program FFO is available on grants.gov
- Puget Sound’s Composite Recycling Technology Center - i6
- Who else??
- Other Partnership Support/Opportunities? Deepak and Sarah will get together to complete this discussion for next week’s call.
- Programming Conference call - Julie Wenah - Julie requested a community to consider leading the programming committee.
- Legislation Update - David Palmer - Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act of 2016 Senate Bill 2526 and House Bill 4505
- Update from Jon Cardinal as of this morning (6/6/16): “We are aiming to include in the COMPETES Reauthorization when the Senate Commerce Committee takes up the bill (could be very soon). Senators Moran and Blumenthal have sent a letter to Commerce Committee Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson making the case for its inclusion and will offer it as an amendment in the mark up if it’s not in the base text, which is unlikely. We could use help in getting all Commerce Committee members with current IMCP designations to support this effort. This includes Johnson (R-WI), Peters (D-MI), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Cantwell (D-WA).” He also notes that it would be helpful to reach out to Cruz (R-TX), who is on the committee, to encourage his support, or at least to not actively oppose the amendment.
- We could use help in getting all Commerce Committee members with current IMCP designations to support this effort. This includes Johnson (R-WI), Peters (D-MI), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Cantwell (D-WA).
- Direct communication with Jon Cardinal (Sen. Gillibrand’s office) is recommended. Jon_Cardinal@gillibrand.senate.gov
- Legislation has been introduced to codify the IMCP and embed its virtues in the culture of the federal agencies. For more information - or to follow the progress see: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2526?resultIndex=42
- Jon Cardinal has talking points that can be shared with your individual member of Congress. Just contact Jon for more information.
- Outreach requests - David - still moving along in the process. Hoping for additional endorsements on the Senate side. There is a listing on Congress.gov that will show who has signed on to the legislation.
- Mapping linkages with NNMI, MEP, and National Laboratories - Dileep Thatte
Sasha Anderson - Puget Sound has been working on the map. MEPs, NNMI, and the ICMP communities are identified and highlight-able for more information. http://www.manufacturingcommunities.org/partner-map.html
- Select USA in D.C, (June) - June 19-21, 2016 To register, please visit this link. Read and download the agenda here.
What do the IMCP communities need to do to have a significant presence in D.C. at this important event?
- Private funding/Finance update: Charlie/Sarah - Conference call Tuesday, May 31st.
- Questions/Comments from the Gallery:
- With the House Appropriations Committee approving the FY 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Spending Bill -- EDA’s budget is projected for $264.5 million. In the House version, however, Regional Innovation Strategies is zeroed out. The Senate request mirrors the President’s $20 million for this programmatic area. What is the outlook for the final budget and how might that impact the applications that are due to EDA-OIE by June 24th?
- Not necessarily questions, but the folks that were able to gather in D.C. last week came up with the following: YOUR INPUT IS CRITICAL TO MOVING FORWARD!!! Feel free to add your ideas, thoughts, comments…. Just click on the field you would like to edit. If you would like to add a new line -- Just click on the ‘insert row’ tab under table tools above and away you go....
- This could also help Julie with the structure of the programming conference calls/webinars by helping to identify the federal agency partners that can help with implementation. Specific projects will also help the agency folks address our needs versus talk about generalities.
Champions needed! On-going business
- NNMI Coordination - Dion is setting up the series of conference calls for interested parties. Dion has these now moving forward. Dileep has provided the first speaker. Should have more information for next week’s call June - Wednesday or Thursday (likely the 3rd week)
- Advanced Composites Workforce - Greg (Utah)
- Aerospace - Kathy Thompson (J.Dewey-San Antonio (Alamo Manufacturing Partnership) wants to be included in this group, but is unable to lead.)
- Private Funding - Sarah - Charlie -
- Food - California - Karmjot Grewal -
- Manufacturing Community Blog - Sarah is looking for updates that can be posted to the blog. Press releases?
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
- Advancing Southwest Alabama/Southwest AL IMCP will host a meeting with April Springfield, Delta Regional Authority (DRA) on Monday, June 6, 2016. Ms. Springfield is the new DRA representative for Alabama.
- Advancing Southwest Alabama/Southwest AL IMCP will conduct two (2) public launches for the ACT Work Ready Communities, a regional effort between the eight counties of Southwest Alabama, on June 9 and June 15, 2016.
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/
- Exhibited at the Space Tech Expo in Pasadena May 24 – 26, America’s meeting place for space technology and engineering to connect with A&D manufacturers.
- Approximately 150 people stopped by the AMP SoCal booth with multiple follow-up contacts made.
- 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.
- Holding our 1st Bi-Annual AMP SoCal Conference August 4th 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.
The Chicago metro region:
Primary Contact: Irene Sherr, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Great visit with Deputy Secretary of Transportation, VIctor Mendoza regrading IMCPon May 23rd: http://blog.cookcountyil.gov/economicdevelopment/2016/06/01/u-s-dot-deputy-secretary-victor-mendez-of-the-u-s-department-of-transportation-meets-with-the-cmmc-at-catalyze-chicago/
- Tying IMCP cluster work to FDI planning cohort with Brookings
- Diving deeper into EDA Cluster Mapping site to understand more nuances of cluster
- Partnering with German American Chamber for Transatlantic CLuster Exchange. Day 1 of Roadshow is July 1. Panels on Workforce, Innovation and site visits
- Metro Chicago Exports won an Edie Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce
South Kansas region led by Wichita State University
Primary Contact: Debra Franklin, email@example.com, (316) 978-5209
- South Kansas is preparing for the SBIR Road Tour on June 30. Register at www.wichita.edu/SBIRROADTOUR
- 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
- TechHire grant has been submitted.
- Region has submitted TIGER grant proposal.
- Regional representative attended the National SBIR Conference and the National Innovation Network conferences in May.
Greater Portland region in Maine led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments Primary Contact: Caroline Paras, GPCOG firstname.lastname@example.org
- What’s up? We were not selected for Phase II of the NIST NNMI Open Topic competition. The Greater Portland region did earn two Brownfields awards: $800,000 RLF to the City of Portland and $400,000 Assessment to GPCOG.
- For the first time in three decades, the number of manufacturing jobs in Greater Portland HAS INCREASED! We are up 350 manufacturing jobs from 2014. Food manufacturing, our IMCP focus area, is a significant part of that increase.
The Washington Puget Sound region led by the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Primary contact: Sarah Lee email@example.com
Kresge Foundation RFP Update: I’m sorry to say that we have learned we did not get invited to submit an application by the Kresge Foundation for the Composite Recycling Technology Center. We were hoping the proposal would spark Kresge’s interest, since we were hoping to replicate the center and spread the use of this technology nationwide. We are so disappointed!
However, this was an important exercise for us, and we learned a lot. We also had a lot of fantastic help and support – from Tim Larson (Ross Strategic), Toby Rittner (CDFA) and Charlie Bartsh (BFF from US EPA) – and from our fabulous IMCP partners around the country – Utah, Connecticut, California, Kansas, Alabama, South Central Idaho and Tennessee.
All this support and the promise of partnerships across state boundaries is what makes the IMCP program especially powerful.
And that’s why I think it’s important to look at this Kresge opportunity as just the first in a series of very strategic IMCP partnerships. (Of course, I vote for all these future partnerships to get funding!)
So, again thank you, and we look forward to working with you on the next steps going forward.
The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council leading a five county region in central Illinois
Primary Contact: Sally Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 2016 - Live Greater Peoria is our new program designed to support local employers in their talent recruitment efforts. A website, LiveGP.org, offers a wonderful glimpse of the lifestyle we often take for granted here in Greater Peoria. Printed materials and swag bags paired with newcomer orientations and a "first friend" will offer an additional, personal touch we hope will persuade even the toughest hold-out.
- May 2016 - Launch of Make Yourself GP website and monthly newsletter to help create a talent pipeline for Greater Peoria. Make Yourself website www.makeyourselfgp.org is a central hud of Make Yourself GP and a resource in support of students, chiledren and and the future workforce. The monthly update is focused on sharing all the amazing career-development work that is happening in Greater Peoria.
- The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is pleased to announce Mark Hanback as the new Director of the Greater Peoria Manufacturing Network. Hanback joins us as the recently retired Executive Director of the Cat Production System at Caterpillar. Mark has more than 38 years of experience in Accounting, Operations, Product Management and General Management positions. “I have spent over 20 years working with the talented suppliers in the Greater Peoria area,” says Hanback. “Based on their quality and delivery expertise and openness for improvement I am confident we can expand our network and grow the customer base. I look forward to facilitating our collective growth.”
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 email@example.com
- Providing letters of support for various grants and proposal in our region.
- Waiting to hear back on 2 different grant proposals we submitted to help administer our designation.
- AgPlus Executive committee call this week to discuss our partnership with the California League of Food Processors.