Next Call - January 4, 2016
- Priyanka has left EDA - thank you for sending the contact information, setting up the one-on-ones, sending success stories and information on primary (and sometimes secondary and tertiary points of contact.) Julie is currently working on year-end reporting.
- December 10, 2015 - the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the availability of up to $500,000 in project funding to solicit proposals for the creation of a Digital Manufacturing and Design “Specialization,” a suite of open online, on-demand courses leading to a certificate upon completion. DMDII is issuing a project call for courses that will be offered on Coursera, the largest provider of open online courses with over 16 million registered learners worldwide. Here's the URL:
- 3:00 p.m. EST for programming call - Monday, December 21st. 3pm EST. Conversation will be around the 6 pillars.; however, Workforce seems to be the biggest issue. The conference line is listed here:
- Conference Line: 1-866-819-5822
- Passcode: 3546587
- Tentatively, EDA has set October 20-21st, 2016 for the summit - Let Julie know by February 1st if there are conflicts among your team with the proposed dates.
- In the coming year, EDA regional offices will be also conducting individual workshops that are more targeted for their specific region’s needs -- as well as continuing the training for the new EDA application format.
- EDA’s new grant process webinar tomorrow - December 15th at 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST
Audio Conference Details: MeetingOne Conference Room Number: 1844263
Conference Number(s): 800-832-0736
Charlie Bartsch: (Schedule conflict so he can’t check in today)
Heidi Sheppard: Not much to report - upcoming event for the Minnesota - medical device consortium. The Smithsonian Museum of American History has created an exhibition around innovation. The Minnesota Medical consortium will be featured in the Smithsonian’s Places of Invention Exhibit: Cardiac innovations in Medical Alley, Minn. in the 1950s examines how a tight-knit community of tinkerers keeps hearts ticking.
Tom Murray’s LAST IMCP CHECK IN AS OUR BFF! (Oh, NO!!!)
Follow-up on last week’s questions so that those things do not get lost:
- Utah - Andrew. Research University Connections
- # of IMCP’s tied to major universities? Julie -- Partnerships - most of the consortiums have some University, College, or Community College as a member of the regional consortiums. Andrew -- Question is more about linkages with research Universities. Email Andy if research university is an active partner with the consortium.
- Has received responses from several groups. Andy has found that there is access to additional grants if there is a major research university engaged in the consortiums.
- Michigan - David. Aggregate listing of awarded funding totals? What has been the experience for the first round IMCP communities in capturing funding for their initiatives? Are those successes close to what was implied in the program announcement for the IMCP competition? Will data be shared? What are the success rates? Are there any best practices that can be shared to improve that success rate? (12/14/15, David P: informed by Heidi Sheppard that this info will not be made available to IMCP communities at this time. Possibly sometime in the future.) However, there is Congressional interest in hearing about successes.
- 1st quarter 2016 - potential for the introduction of legislation with Sen Kirk (Illinois) as a co-sponsor
- Manufacturing Alliance of Communities
- Connecticut - Carmen. List of potential grant opportunities? Julie has circulated a list of opportunities - will be updated as new information becomes available.
IMCP Summit Follow-up
- NNMI Update - Dion - Heidi will ask MEP about MEP involvement- hopefully have an update for the next call.
- Branding/ Logo - Carleen - Julie is engaging general counsel in the discussion.
- Advanced Composites Workforce - Greg - trying to find common workforce curriculum. Tennessee has a composite institute. How can connections be made to avoid recreating the wheel?
- Aerospace - Need a champion to coordinate this group
- Private Funding - Tom Murray (EPA-BFF) - Sarah - update? Thanks for completing the survey - will send out a PDF of everyone’s responses. 255 characters limit will be adjusted so folks can complete sentences. The information will be sent to Charlie - Jennifer Ptak (Chicago) is also helping out. Sarah and team are putting together a summary for each pillar. Will send the summary to the group of private funders to help create a template/playbook for follow-up. Opportunities for regional collaboration came out of the survey.
- Food - Need a champion to coordinate this group
- Manufacturing Community Blog - Sasha will send out a ‘shopping list’ of information that will be needed to help create a page specifically for each community. May I suggest that Sasha contact Minneapolis folks to write up something about their Celebration of Innovation at the Museum of American History?
- Sarah is looking for help to get the meeting notes up on the blog. Anyone????
- Julie is hoping to have an intern in February that may be able to help -- pending legal affirmation.
- Webinar - separate conference call - to discuss best practices - 1st round successes.
Bob - Alamo - 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?
· Infrastructure -
· Research and Innovation - Debra Franklin (South Kansas)
· Supplier Networks - Heidi Sheppard, Petra Mitchell
· International Trade and Investment -
· Operational Efficiencies and Access to Capital -
Julie will conduct a conference call specifically to talk about programming - 3:00 p.m. EST for programming call - Monday, December 21st. Interested folks should plan on participating. Conference Line: 1-866-819-5822 Passcode: 3546587
2. 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 help identify the resources in their ‘back yard’.
- People can send their information to Julie as it is available.
3. Letter to Penny Pritzker/Jay Williams with an update on successes
First draft will be routed to community members prior to mailing to DC. All communities must be in agreement for it to go out under the collective’s signature.
4. Mentorship/Exchange Program - By this time, 2nd round communities should have been linked with their mentor from the 1st round. Looking forward to beneficial discussions.
5. One-on-ones with Julie One-on-ones -- Individual communities can decide who to invite to participate in the call. It doesn’t need to be everyone involved in the consortiums. Discussion will be around how to make IMCP a more beneficial program locally.
6. Data/Evaluations - 1st round redesignation?
Think about manufacturing holistically - impacts on the national economy.
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 email@example.com
- The Mobile Chamber of Commerce is conducting an International Trade Survey with a due date of 12/22/15. The survey participants are exporters and non-exporters and the feedback will contribute to the development of an effective plan for the Mobile Chamber’s International Trade Program.
- The University of South Alabama participated in a Trade Mission Trip to Germany that was led by the Mobile Chamber of Commerce the week of December 4-11, 2015.
The Chicago metro region:
Primary Contact: Derek Walvoord 312-603-1038, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is planning to undertake a supply chain analysis of metal fabricating industry and will work with CMMC defining scope, sharing information and we hope that results will help inform the work of our Supplier Networks sub-committee.
- Midwest Trade Adjustment Center (appliedstrategiesintl.com) meeting – Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) –good program, limited funds. Businesses that have been adversely affected by imports can use funds, via a 50/50 cost share up to $150K total, for marketing, IT and management improvements.
- CMMC participated in a regional WIOA planning meeting. The state of Illinois is convening workforce and economic development players to build a regional framework with the idea of impact strengthening and lessened redundancies.
South Kansas region led by Wichita State University
Primary Contact: Debra Franklin, email@example.com, (316) 978-5209
- What’s Up?
- Please see our newsletter that was released this week at the following web link http://wsuventures.org/about-us/newsletter as it contains summaries of our recent activities as well as a listing of upcoming events.
- Working with USPTO to plan technical assistance in Spring
- Planning for Business Plan competition is underway
- Collaborating with SBA on SBIR STTR Road Tour for June
Greater Portland region in Maine led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)
Primary Contact: Caroline Paras, GPCOG
- Two of our catalyst projects were fully funded last week: 1) FORQ Food Lab, a proposed kitchen incubator for up to 45 entrepreneurs, received an angel investment of $225,000 to complete its total funding package of $1.4 million; and 2) Collaborative QA/QC lab for the craft beer industry will receive up to $500,000 over a three-year period from the University of Southern Maine for space, staffing, and equipment.
The South-Central Idaho region led by the Region IV Development Association in Twin Falls, ID Primary Contact: Carleen Herring firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (208) 732-5727 x3010
- Good meeting with the University of Idaho President, VP for Research, and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Developed some ideas for career awareness and educational opportunities - engaging 4-H participants in the middle school as well as internships for graduate students, and capstone projects for undergraduates..
- Tour of one of our manufacturing plants looking for synergies and potential partners for the UI research center -- and proposed the 4-H food innovation challenge.
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 559-278-0503
- We are working with our 6 pillar working groups on their individual initiatives. Working groups are meeting monthly to discuss their progress towards their core goals.
- We are working on our EDA grant and should have that submitted at the end of this month.
- Continuous outreach and marketing for Central Valley AgPlus throughout our region.