AMCC Updates

November 19, 2021:

1. Thanks to Tom Strong of the National Fund For Workforce Solutions who, on Monday’s AMCC national call, gave us a great overview of their national network and recent research and tools that demonstrate the business case for investing in workers. Here is a link to the presentation that will soon also be posted on AMCC’s website on the “presentations” page along with the many useful presentations made on previous AMCC Monday national calls. Thanks Tom!  
2. This Monday’s AMCC national call will not have a formal presentation but will feature our MC Sarah Lee (who leads the state of WA’s AMCC community) lead a round robin discussion seeking your input from your perch on supply chain issues in regions in key industries. As I referred to last week, this recent WH Report identifies steps that need to be taken in critical American industries.  
3. One of those critical industries in the WH report is the advanced battery industry and the supply chain that supports it. As exciting as recent developments for a cleaner job creating transportation system are, American manufacturing communities and their ecosystems of support all need to anticipate and respond to these supply chain challenges asap. As we heard circular economy expert Mathy Stanislaus during his previous AMCC presentation, a domestic American battery industry has many challenges and opportunities. Thanks to Michael Goff, here is a recent NYTimes article arguing that the U.S.’s response to date to the enormous challenges in the battery supply chain for electric vehicles has been insufficient. We all know we can do way better in this and other key industries essential for sustainable development!  
4. On a related note to American sustainable development, this week saw the release of this report on U.S. Sustainable Development which provides an up-to-date benchmarking of the progress of the 50 states towards the Sustainable Development Goals. I hope like me you’re looking forward to reading the report so it informs how we work to strengthen American manufacturing communities as the cornerstone of American progress.

November 14, 2021:

1.  Thanks to the House Manufacturing Caucus and the Northeast Midwest Institute for partnering last Monday with AMCC to present a national briefing on how we build an American end to end supply chain for the burgeoning battery industry. Here is a link to the HMC briefing.  

2. On this Monday’s upcoming AMCC national call we are excited to hear a presentation from Tom Strong of the National Fund For Workforce Solutions about some of their innovative activities, don’t miss it!  

3. There’s lots of talk about making supply chains more resilient so we thought we would remind folks about the the National Economic Council work for the IMCP initiative identifying six key areas that all need to work well for manufacturing to thrive. Let’s call that set of key areas “The Big 6”. Number four on the Big 6 list is supply chain support and is the subject of this recent WH Report that identifies four steps that need to be taken in six critical American industries by following numerous recommendations. If you are wondering what you and your network can do to help improve critical supply chains in your region, check out the report.  

4. Here’s a final reminder from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and specifically Brett Schwartz, on what looks to be an important webinar on November 17, from 1-2pm ET highlighting EDD-State Government partnerships. Click here to learn more and to register and/or contact Brett at bschwartz@nado.org with any questions. And please distribute this invitation widely!
 
5. Please also share AMCC’s Strategic plan when and wherever you can. The plan is on the AMCC website (the AMCC website is found at the bottom of this and every AMCC Update). Please contact me if you want to schedule a presentation of the plan and a dialog with your regional network or other important constituency.

November 5, 2021:

1. Thanks to Michelle Burris, Andy Stettner, Ron Williams and Tanu Kumar for their presentation on Monday’s national AMCC call. The topic was Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and how community colleges can be a part of this exciting DEI cohort! Please pass along this application info now to a public or nonprofit community college in your region that provides at least one manufacturing credential or non-degree certification program. Do it! A community college in your region could be a part of this important DEI cohort and it only takes them 30-90 minutes for them to apply. Here is the specific info to pass along: https://www.urbanmfg.org/project/industry-and-inclusion-national-cohort/industry-inclusion-2-0/  

2. In order to advance smarter sustainable development, regional leaders should know the number of clean energy jobs that exist in their own region. This study is a helpful snap shot describing the number of jobs and the number of jobs per 1000 people in each congressional district. Knowing these numbers should be useful to regional leaders in assessing strengths and weakness to better inform smarter policy design and implementation, check it out! https://cleanjobsamerica.e2.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/E2-2021-Clean-Jobs-America-Employment-by-Congressional-Districts-final.pdf  

3. AMCC is preparing to provide input to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to inform the next National Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Plan. Let us know what you think ought to be emphasized. Here is the link itself if you want to submit comments separately by December 17, 2021.  

4. Thanks to our friends at the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and specifically Brett Schwartz, here is info on what looks to be an important webinar on November 17, from 1-2pm ET highlighting EDD-State Government partnerships. Click here to learn more and to register and/or contact Brett at bschwartz@nado.org with any questions. And please distribute this invitation widely!  

5. Please also share AMCC’s Strategic plan when and wherever you can. The plan is on the AMCC website (the AMCC website is found at the bottom of this and every AMCC Update). Please contact me if you want to schedule a presentation of the plan and a dialog with your regional network or other important constituency.

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