- For the Aerospace/Aviation folks - In 1931, McCook Field, OH, Capt. Alfred Hegenberger flew the first solo instrument approach and landing
- For all you shipbuilders out there -- In 1882, Henry Kaiser was born - Kaiser Shipbuilding was responsible for the construction of the Liberty Ships during WWII
- And just because I’m originally from the South-side of Chicago - In 1984, the White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in a marathon 25 innings (neener neener)
- Julie Wenah (EDA): Redesignation applications are due May 11 - 11:59 p.m. EDT.
- Charlie Bartsch (EPA): No updates at this time. Working with Julie on pulling together the resource documents from the federal partners. Leadership meeting coming up in the next few weeks.
- Dileep Thatte (NIST/MEP): Nothing to add at this time.
- Other BFF’s on the call? Brian Parker - i6 Challenge and Seed Funding open currently
- Programming Conference call - Julie Wenah –
- Regional Innovation Strategies FFO - issued April 25th. EDA-HDQ-OIE-2016-2004868 FY2016 Regional Innovation Strategies Program FFO is available on grants.gov EDA held a post-launch webinar on May 5, 2016, at 2:00pm EDT. Recording of the webinar is available on EDA’s website.
- Legislation Update - David Palmer - Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act of 2016 Senate Bill 2526 and House Bill 4505
- 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.
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
John Dewey (Alamo) and Leigh Hopkins (NWGA) submitted changes to the map to Sarah and Julie - wondering about updates. David (SE MIchigan) also sent DOD/OEA recipients also.
5. 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? Petra - cluster to cluster activity was valuable. Workshop on presentation - would like to learn more about what the Europeans are doing around cluster development. Opportunity to more one-on-one learning opportunities with EU clusters?
6. Private funding/Finance update: Charlie/Sarah - Kresge announcements? Looking to give first round notification (invitation) around May 27th
7. Questions/Comments from the Gallery:
- David - thinking about alternative financing work and the consortium map. Potential to create a multi-state IMCP workforce development with the NNMI Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) for coordinated workforce investment that can leverage all of the opportunities that we have going on - including the foundation resources. Interested in partnership conversations for IMCP communities in the LIFT region - Memphis/Knoxville/Dayton/Detroit/. Metals, welding powder coating, auto and aerospace.
- 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....
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
- 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.) Conversations with Sarah and other IMCP aerospace communities. Working to put together a process/regular schedule to work together. Planning for the IMCP summit in October. Southwest Alabama recently submitted an NSF proposal to create a pathway for girls (also included Louisiana, NW Georgia, and Memphis/Nashville) - Whoo Hoo!!! Proposal was approved. Advanced manufacturing proposal -$300,000 - hoping to be invited to receive another $12 million for advance STEM careers for girls. Intention is to expand across the 24 IMCP communities.
- Private Funding - Sarah - Charlie - scheduling in the next couple of weeks
- Food - California - Karmjot Grewal - Last week, Ag Plus submitted an application for RBDG (USDA-RD) funding, created a quarterly newsletter for dissemination.
- 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:
Primary Contact: Laura O’Connor at 251-431-8647 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- UTC Aerospace Systems announced plans on May 3, 2016 to expand its Baldwin County aerostructures plant with a new $30 million facility that will supply jet engine systems to the Airbus A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, creating 260 jobs.
- Mobile, Alabama was ranked 19th out 150 Best Cities for Hispanic Entrepreneurs by WalletHub, a personal finance website. Editors used 19 key metrics to determine the rankings, ranging from business start-ups to income growth.
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/
- Space Tech Expo in Pasadena May 24 – 26
- Will have a booth at the Space Tech Expo & Conference, America’s meeting place for space technology and engineering.
- Planning for next Innovation Forum Series event in June
- Planning first Bi-Annual AMP SoCal Conference August 4th at the California Science Center, home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
South Kansas region led by Wichita State University
Primary Contact: Debra Franklin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 and applications are being accepted for teams that will begin in at the end of May. http://www.wsuventures.org/funding-opportunities/icorps
- TechHire grant has been submitted.
- Regional representatives will attend the National SBIR Conference and the National Innovation Network conferences in May.
- Region has submitted TIGER grant proposal http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Planning/Pages/Tiger.aspx
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
- Each of our 4 executive partners submitted their grant proposals for the USDA RBDG grant last week.
- Working with regional legislation to gain support for the Made in America Bill.
- Connecting with each of the pillar groups to gage updates on goals and initiatives.