- Julie Wenah (EDA): Snow Day!
- Charlie Bartsch (EPA): Update - proceeding with federal updates and the Gillibrand bill - February 8th printing. Need discussion with Julie Wenah to make clear that if the bill passes - existing IMCP communities are eligible for the preference on federal funding.
CDFA - Council of Development Finance Agencies - trade association made up primarily of state level finance authorities - industrial development/housing development - bond financing --- how to creatively advance financing opportunities. Currently a Brownfield technical assistance provider for EPA.
Toby Rittner mentioned that CDFA can finance some things that are out of the ordinary, e.g. funding for small and medium-size manufacturers - energy efficiency improvements that contribute to bottom-line cost savings. RLF and other mechanisms are available to assist with financing these kinds of operational improvements.
Foundations like to work with approaches that are replicable across manufacturing sectors. Development of pilot projects that can be used to showcase how a ‘new’ approach can work. Looking at socially beneficial projects. Monetization of workforce projects.
- Heidi Sheppard (NIST): Snow Day!
- Update on Legislative process for IMCP bill - Senator Gillibrand’s office - Conference call on Thursday January 21st?
David has forwarded the information on to their Senator’s office. Carleen has also been working with staff at Sen. Crapo and Risch’s office. Reiterate the information that was shared during the IMCP Summit in October. Sens. Sessions - Shelby have been contacted as well by the Alabama group.
Who is the contact for coordination or more information? David, Petra or Carleen. Jon Cardinal at Sen. Gillibrand’s office: Jon_Cardinal@gillibrand.senate.gov
- EDA Conference in DC. April 7-8, 2016
Deepak (California) firstname.lastname@example.org will coordinate. Petra - would be happy to participate/support the panel concept. Carmen, David are likely to have representation at the conference as well. Would like to get Julie’s input on idea and potential for including this panel on the conference agenda.
If attending the EDA Conference, consider making personal visits to Congressional Offices to highlight the IMCP -- include extra time in your travel plans.
- NNMI Coordination - Dion - Heidi
- Advanced Composites Workforce - Greg (Utah)
- Aerospace - Need a champion to coordinate this group
- Private Funding - Sarah - Charlie -
- Food - Need a champion to coordinate this group
Manufacturing Community Blog - Sarah is looking for updates, success stories, fun factoids --- that can be posted to the blog. Contact Sarah if you have something that should be shared with the other communities and blog followers.
Webinar - separate conference call - to discuss best practices - 1st round successes.
Bob - Alamo - volunteered to coordinate the 2nd round folks to create an overview of what we need in terms of assistance from the 1st round consortiums/federal partners
Discussion regarding creating on-going programmatic opportunities around 6 focus areas for the IMCP - Volunteers with a passion for the individual topics?
- Workforce Development - Derek Walvoord (Chicago)
- Research and Innovation - Debra Franklin (South Kansas)
- Supplier Networks - Heidi Sheppard, Petra Mitchell
- International Trade and Investment -
- Operational Efficiencies and Access to Capital -
Mapping linkages with NNMI, MEP, and National Laboratories
- Need to identify volunteers that want to work with Julie on creating a map of who does what at the NNMI, MEPs and National Laboratories across the nation to maximize IMCP community access to their resources regardless of the geographies.
- Heidi Sheppard (NIST).
- Individual communities need to identify the resources in their ‘back yard’.
- People can send their information to Julie/Heidi as it is available.
Letter to Penny Pritzker/Jay Williams with an update on successes
Need to have a separate conversation to get across our key issues for the EDA leadership. Jennifer Ptak has put together a first draft that potentially can be circulated for comment. She will send that around. What issues do folks want to push forward for the agency discussion?
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:
Primary Contact: Laura O’Connor at 251-431-8647 or email@example.com
- The City of Mobile, Alabama receives a $1.6 million Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team award. The grant will be used to hire three new full-time employees and three new part-time employees, who will be part of an “i-team” solely responsible for accomplishing mayoral priorities, starting with the eradication of blight.
- The Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) receives a $125,000 Lumina Foundation, Community Partnership for Attainment award. The grant will be used to increase postsecondary attainment by bringing (community collaboration) together Mobile’s K-12, higher education, business and community partners to create a sense of urgency to double the number of postsecondary credentials by 2030 to 75,000 in the Southwest Alabama IMCP region.
- The University of South Alabama, School of Continuing Studies submitted on January 14, 2016 the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant, EPA.
- Business Insider's Australia, named the City of Mobile as one of the 15 Hottest Cities for 2015.
Primary Contact: Dion Jackson (213) 821-6145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Contact: Julie Meadows email@example.com
The Chicago metro region:
Primary Contact: Derek Walvoord 312-603-1038, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Signing up participants for PROBE (Promoting Business Excellence) assessment tool. Funding for 30 assessments through the JP Morgan Chase foundation
- Manufacturing Matchmaking - metals focus. Speed dating for manufacturers trying to find suppliers and get new business. Partnering with IMEC (our Illinois MEP). Have one in Feb, and setting another up in April - trying to cover different geographies.
- Business Round Table: Cook County Board President went out and met with ten businesses to assess the state of manufacturing in the Cook County (one of our seven counties)
South Kansas region led by Wichita State University
Primary Contact: Debra Franklin, email@example.com, (316) 978-5209
Greater Portland region in Maine led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)
Primary Contact: Caroline Paras, GPCOG
- We just submitted a Brownfields Job Training grant last week. On February 12, we will be presenting a two-hour workshop at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Portland, Oregon: Beyond Widgets, Scaling up food enterprises in America’s foodiest small town. This session will be a case study of the IMCP initiative in our Brownfields Area-Wide Planning neighborhood with excerpts from our documentary, Scaling Local: https://youtu.be/nkSjhmGtN2A
Primary Contact: David Palmer, Workforce Intelligence Network, 734-478-0736, firstname.lastname@example.org
- TechHire collaboration
- Connecting the dots on Gillibrand legislation: reasonable chance Senators Stabenow and Peters will be original co-sponsors
The New York Finger Lakes region led by the City of Rochester
Primary Contact: Thad Scofield email@example.com
Southwestern Ohio Aerospace Region led by the City of Cincinnati
Primary Contact: Bob Bertsch Robert.Bertsch@cincinnati-oh.gov
The Tennessee Valley led by the University of Tennessee
Primary Contact: Erin Ketelle firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Puget Sound region led by the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Primary contact: Sarah Lee email@example.com
The Milwaukee 7 Region
Primary Contact: Pat O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Zehner email@example.com
The Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing
Primary Contact: Petra Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alamo Manufacturing Partnership (AMP)
Point of Contact: Can (John) Saygin email@example.com); john dewey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Alamo region business & industry leaders will be visiting Washington legislators & agencies on Feb 2-3 to discuss issues of importance to the region. John Dewey (AMP Industry liaison) will be representing the manufacturing industry and is working to set up meetings with key IMCP agencies regarding eco-system initiatives. (Help from Julie/other BFF’s would be appreciated.)
- AMP (and leaders from other industries) met with DoL State representatives last week for the purpose of seeking avenues to move forward to develop registered apprenticeship programs within the Alamo Region (even though we were not selected as part of the 2015 American Apprenticeship grant award.)
- Conferenced with Congressman Doggett’s Chief of Staff and met with Senator Cornyn’s Project Manager last week regarding our current IMCP initiatives. Will be providing further follow-up with them during our Feb 2-3 visit to Washington.
- AMP is continuing to work to identify and vet regional eco-system project needs/issues to further prioritize regional efforts.
The Louisiana Chemical Corridor led by Louisiana State University, stretching from New Orleans, LA to Baton Rouge, LA
Primary Contact: Jonathan Shi email@example.com, 225-578-1255
- Rebecca Harris joined as program manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 225-578-8652
- Assist partners in preparing a few grants
- Plan for Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) meeting Thursday
The Madison Regional Economic Partnership (MadREP) in the Madison, WI region
Primary Contact: Michael Gay email@example.com 608.571.0402
- MadREP hosted their inaugural Ag Food and Beverage Consortium last week to kickoff IMCP. 75 attendees from roughly 45 organizations attended. We formed our steering committee and our opportunities committee. Our Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will be held in Madison next week. EDA regional staff are coming to both attend the conference and meet with MadREP and our partners on several critical projects identified in our IMCP application.
- MadREP has shared the IMCP legislation being marketed by Senator Gillibrand and MAC with our delegation
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
The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council leading a five county region in central Illinois
Primary Contact: Sally Hanley email@example.com
The Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership led by GREATER MSP in Minneapolis, MN. Primary Contact: Megan Livgard - firstname.lastname@example.org
- The MMMP Executive Committee approved their governing document. We went with a hybrid approach between robust bylaws and an MOA. We now have a MMMP Protocol MOU.
- We have issued our first IMCP letter of support for MN 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence.
- Our first working group committee is meeting today. The workforce and training committee will start reviewing a grant application collaboration request.
- We are also working on getting together the network supply and trade and investment working groups within the next few weeks.
The South-Central Idaho region led by the Region IV Development Association in Twin Falls, ID Primary Contact: Carleen Herring email@example.com
- Three presentations on the IMCP designation to partner groups this week - Region IV Superintendents, the College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees, and the Educate Idaho Network.
- Updating portions of the strategic plan to accommodate shifts in priorities and economic conditions.
The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative led by the University of Utah in the Wasatch Front region
Primary Contact: Andrew Buffmire firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Jones email@example.com
The Pacific Northwest Partnership Region, led by Business Oregon in Oregon and Southwest Washington
Primary Contact: Karen Goddin Karen.Goddin@oregon.gov
The Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Communities Region, a four county area centered on Hartford, Connecticut, is led by the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Primary Contact: Carmen Molina-Rios Carmen.MolinaRios@ct.gov
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
- Working with pillar groups on goals set forth through their committee meetings
- Working on presentations regarding our designation and how it can benefit our region for the Food Processing Expo that is put on annually by the League of Food Processing that is taking place in February.
- Looking into additional grant opportunities for our pillar groups to explore a supplier mapping/analysis exercise for AgPLUS. We are looking to submit a proposal to EDA's Economic Adjustment Assistance program to fund this activity.
- Based on the call we had last week, we are looking to also write our local congressional representatives in the house and talk to them about the importance of the IMCP programs.