- Julie Wenah (EDA): Not available today - but sent word that she would be conducting a conference call on Wednesday February 23, 2016 -- 2:30 p.m. eastern time - regarding programming. Julie will be sending out call-in information.
- Charlie Bartsch (EPA): Private funding update. The contractor that EPA has been working with sent out a Doodle poll last week to schedule a meeting. At the IMCP conference - one of the breakout sessions was on impact capital/private source funding. A group of private funders was established to help the IMCP communities access non-federal resources - e.g. foundation capital. This group has been meeting among themselves. IMCP communities filled out surveys with information on their program and project needs, and those surveys are being reviewed. Discussion should follow on the ability for communities to work together to implement joint projects - e.g. workforce issues. Next meeting is to talk with Council on Foundations (Stephanie Powers) to identify linkages between communities and project potentials.
- Heidi Sheppard (NIST/MEP): Heidi was asked to prepare a list of the MEP, NNMI and National Laboratories. Webinar coming up on new call for NNMI proposals. Next week: Heidi will send out the information on the webinar. Sasha (Puget Sound) is preparing a map of the NNMIs, MEPs and National Laboratories.
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
How: The event will be webcast live on this page with no registration required. However, if you would like to receive a reminder email in advance, please register.
NIST announces funding opportunity for NNMI Manufacturing Innovation Institutes
Contact: Jennifer Huergo 301-975-6343
GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a competition to award its first manufacturing innovation institutes that will join the nine already underway as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). President Obama's goal is to launch a total of 15 institutes by the end of his term.
The competition launched today will award one institute using fiscal year 2016 funds and one or more using fiscal year 2017 funds. This will be the first “open-topic” NNMI solicitation in which industry can propose institutes on any advanced manufacturing technology focus area not already addressed by another institute or competition.
Each institute award is in the form of a cooperative agreement that provides up to $70 million in federal support over a five-year period and requires matching funds from non-federal sources.
“These new institutes will help to improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and to fill the gap between basic research and commercialization,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Willie E. May. “They are uniquely positioned to accelerate non-federal investment in advanced manufacturing production capacity in the U.S. and to enable the commercial application of new technologies.”
Like the other manufacturing innovation institutes that are part of the national network, the NIST institutes will be private-public partnerships that foster collaboration among industry, academia, nonprofits and government agencies. Through the institutes, these stakeholders work to accelerate U.S. innovation and to increase U.S. competitiveness by investing in industrially relevant, cross-cutting advanced manufacturing products and processes.
The institutes serve as regional hubs for advanced manufacturing and provide shared facilities to all members. The goal is to help industry reduce the risks and costs of production scale-up and commercialization so that companies of all sizes can adopt new technologies, accelerate technology transfer to the marketplace and facilitate innovation across supply chains. Institutes also serve as workforce development resources, working in partnership with local high schools, community colleges and universities.
Applicants may propose institutes that address any area of U.S. advanced manufacturing national need that has the potential to have a transformative effect on the growth of U.S. manufacturing.
The solicitation is open to U.S.-owned entities organized and operated in the United States and its territories. The process begins with submission of a pre-application, due April 20, 2016. Following review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.
The Federal Funding Opportunity announcement on Grants.gov contains a full list of requirements and evaluation criteria. To provide information to potential applicants, NIST plans to host one or more public events and informational webinars. The first event will be held March 8, 2016, at the NIST Gaithersburg, Md., campus (registration required). It also will be webcast. The full schedule of events will be posted on the NIST NNMI website.
As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, visit www.nist.gov
This just in from EDA’s Innovate newsletter:
Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP) Opens Competition to Fund Manufacturing Centers in 12 States and Puerto Rico; Regional Forums for MEP Round 4 Competition Planned
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has opened a competition to award new cooperative funding agreements for its MEP centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. MEP has also announced that it intends to publish an announcement in July 2016 of funding availability for MEP Centers in the following eleven states: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Prior to the announcement of this federal funding opportunity (FFO), NIST MEP will conducting three regional forums to provide interested entities more information about the MEP program, the state competition, answer any questions regarding this funding announcement and also offer potential applicants the chance to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with NIST MEP representatives.
1. Programming Conference call - Julie Wenah - Wednesday call - more information coming.
2. Legislation Update - David Palmer - Direct communication with Jon Cardinal (Sen. Gillibrand’s office) is recommended. Jon_Cardinal@gillibrand.senate.govDavid - still looking for additional co-sponsors on the Republican side. Looking for additional advice from Jon to determine if the legislation is going to be a stand-alone bill or will be combined with other pieces of legislation.John (Alamo) - Senate legislation has been introduced. Bill Nos: S 2526 HR 4505If other IMCP communities have an interest contact Jon Cardinal at Sen. Gillibrand’s office.
The bill essentially institutionalizes the IMCP program and puts it under EDA as a specific program, so that it survives beyond the next administration. WIthout this legislation, the recertification process may not happen. Anticipated that the initial 12 communities would recertify in March/April. The legislation also puts in place the permanent BFF relationships. With no funding attached to the bills - should be easier to move the legislation forward. Requires the participating agencies to put in writing how those agencies will be giving preference to IMCP communities in their funding decisions.
3. EDA Conference in D.C. - potential for an IMCP panel discussion - Deepak Bahl - firstname.lastname@example.org Development of a panel for showcasing the IMCP communities.Deepak - Julie has forwarded the abstract to the organizing committee - waiting for confirmation of time/place on the agenda. As soon as Deepak hears back from Julie - he will email Sarah and the information will be sent out to the interested communities. If your community would like to be involved, please email Deepak.
4. 2nd Round Communities - Bob Velasquez - coordination of the 2nd round folks to develop an overview of what we need in terms of assistance from the 1st round consortiums/federal partners. Is there another member from the 2nd round that can step up and coordinate this effort? Email - Sarah if interested.
5. Mapping linkages with NNMI, MEP, and National Laboratories - Heidi Sheppard has given information to Seattle where it is being mapped by Sasha.
6. Hannover Messe (April) - Select USA in D.C, (June) - Tshanda Kalombo at Trade is organizing cluster meetings (Derek from Chicago - Chicago and Pittsburg are organizing calls with ITA and Select USA) - Other IMCP communities attending? If you would like to be involved in the Hannover-Messe event - contact Derek in Chicago (email@example.com).
- Sally - Greater Peoria is going to Hannover.
- Minnesota is also going to Hannover-Messe. Petra - 38 states are participating. Trying to make the event as positive as possible for IMCP communities.
- Portland, Pacific Northwest is going as well.
- NNMI Coordination - Dion - Heidi - Dion is setting up the series of conference calls for interested parties.
- Advanced Composites Workforce - Greg (Utah)
- Aerospace - Need a champion to coordinate this group -
- Private Funding - Sarah - Charlie - Nothing new since last week.
- Food - California
- Manufacturing Community Blog - Sarah is looking for updates that can be posted to the blog. Press releases? Stories that your local paper carried that can be shared with the other IMCP communities? Contact Sarah Lee or Carleen Herring.
- Letter to Penny Pritzker/Jay Williams with an update on successes - Jennifer PtakNeed to have a separate conversation to get across our key issues for the EDA leadership. Derek will work with Irene to help move this item forward.
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
- Assistant Secretary Jay Williams, U.S. Department of Commerce will conduct a site visit and review of the Southwest Alabama Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. Secretary Williams will meet with leaders of the public private partnership, Advancing Southwest Alabama (IMCP), to discuss ongoing activities of the manufacturing community, tour local manufacturing sites, get an update on workforce development and innovation in our area, and learn about recent success in the region’s economic development efforts.
- Advancing Southwest Alabama (IMCP) is partnering with community representatives to plan a STEM Forum for the region. The Alabama Afterschool Community Network (ALACN) has been awarded funding by the National League of Cities to host a Mayoral/Municipal Summits throughout the state of Alabama. In partnership with the Alabama Math, Science, Technology, & Engineering Coalition (AMSTEC), the region will host one of three regional STEM Forums in the state.
- The Southwest Alabama IMCP mentoring of the Louisiana State University (LSU) led IMCP. Southwest Alabama IMCP met with Dr. Jonathan Shi and Ms. Rebecca Harris at LSU, Baton Rouge, LA in January 2016 to conduct the first mentoring activity and in February 2016, Shi and Harris visited the Southwest Alabama IMCP in Mobile, Alabama as part of the ongoing mentoring activities.
Southern California - Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California
Primary Contact: Dion Jackson (213) 821-6145 or email@example.com
- 2016 SME Aero-Def Manufacturing Conference + Exposition Feb 9-10 in Long Beach
- Panel: The Future of Aerospace Manufacturing: The Southern California Perspective
- Booth: reached over 100 manufacturers and service providers
- 2016 California Aerospace Days in Sacramento February 29 - March 1
- Press Conference for the Southern California Aerospace Economic Study, created by AMP SoCal partners, Los Angeles County EDC and San Diego Regional EDC
- Booth to educate the state’s legislators about the regional and economic importance of the aerospace industry within California on March 1st
- 2nd Innovation Forum March 18 - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I Proposal Workshop
- Developing AMP SoCal website - stay tuned
- Planning 1st AMP SoCal Conference for members, interested stakeholders, and businesses before June
The Chicago metro region:
Primary Contact: Derek Walvoord 312-603-1038, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Working with Pittsburgh to organize calls with ITA and Select USA. On Friday we learned that Tshanda Kalombo at Trade is organizing a panel and get-togethers on Cluster groups at Hannover Messe. Feel free to let Derek know if you would like to be involved in these calls.
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.
- Wichita State University is collecting intent to compete forms for their Shocker New Venture Competition which culminate at the end of April.
- Wichita State received a NSF I-Corps Site award and are working to launch this program.
- Region continues to work on the Tech-Hire application.
- Regional representatives will attend the OEA DIA Learning Community Exchange, University Startups and Global 1000 Conference, and the EDA National Conference. These events will be held at the end of March and first week of April.
Greater Portland region in Maine led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)
Primary Contact: Caroline Paras, GPCOG firstname.lastname@example.org
- What’s up? GPCOG hosted a visit on February 8 from EDA Assistant Secretary Jay Williams, who was in town to announce winners of the i6 Challenge grant. Two of these grants went to organizations in Maine, including Coastal Enterprises, Inc., one of our IMCP partners. During the visit, which was also attended by Maine’s Congressional delegation, Assistant Secretary Williams had the opportunity to learn about several IMCP catalyst projects, including the Port of Portland expansion, New England Ocean Cluster House, FORQ Food Lab, and More Maine Meat.
The Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership led by GREATER MSP in Minneapolis, MN. Primary Contact: Megan Livgard - email@example.com
- Approved issuance of our second IMCP Preferred Status Letter. This letter relates to a proposed TechHire grant.
- Workforce and Training committee meet and established their top 3 priorities
- Trade and Investment committee meet last week to begin discussing their priorities.
- Research and Innovation committee will be meeting today.
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
- Presented last week at the Food Processing Expo that is put on annually by the League of Food Processing
- 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.
- Looking into additional grant and funding opportunities for our Pillar Working Groups
- Speaking with Paul Jadin from Wisconsin IMCP Region as well as Carleen Herring from Southern Idaho’s IMCP region to share best practices this week.