This page reflects messages that go out by constant contact email about every week from AMCC’s Executive Director. They are often filled with useful up to date information that can help manufacturing community stakeholders make individual and collective progress in their work. If you want to receive these AMCC Update emails directly, please go to the home page and sign up.
May 20, 2022:
1. Join AMCC’s National 30 minute call this Monday at 11:30 a.m. ET If you need the call invitation, please contact Melissa Larsen at MLarsen@uammi.org. (welcome Melissa!) On this Monday’s call we will have a presentation on the new NSF Engines Program, don’t miss it! If you want to make a 10-15 minute presentation one future Monday to share an important effort relevant to this national group of stakeholders, please let us know!
2. The New DMCSP Competition Just Announced!
Yay, the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) just published their Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new round of community designations. Here is the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation website. Complete proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. PDT on July 19, 2022. Click here for a direct link to NOFO and here is Hiwot Gebremariam’s contact info, firstname.lastname@example.org
On a related note, a few weeks ago the existing designated DMCSP communities had a meeting to discuss how they are performing so far to strengthen the defense industrial base in their respective regions. In addition to the wonderful stories of great initial outcomes because of this designated manufacturing community program (you all in AMCC helped to inform its creation), regions and program leaders are hard at work identifying and tracking better metrics for agency program leaders in some of the Big 6 areas essential for a thriving manufacturing ecosystem. As we all know, defense is but one of the key industries identified as necessary for a thriving America in the 21st century (defense, energy, transportation, agriculture, communications, health). Hopefully the good hard work in DMCSP can be used to inform how other agencies design and implement their own community designation programs so we can strengthen all of our key manufacturing industries (e.g. EDA’s BBB Regional Challenge, DOE’s LEAP program, NSF’s Engines program. USICA’s Tech Hub program)
3. On Gathering In Person
Please share information on relevant in-person convenings coming up where AMCC’s message would add value. We are exploring ways to add value at several upcoming events to include SIDO’s meetings in Seattle August 15-17, NADO’s meetings in Pittsburgh October 16-19, and the Association of Defense Communities meetings in Phoenix October 31-November 2 where AMCC may organize a panel discussion. If you have interest in discussing these or other in person opportunities, let me know. As to an AMCC Summit in Washington D.C., we are please to report that the National Association of Counties has kindly offered to again host an AMCC Summit late this year or early next year. Please let me know asap your ideas on dates when many might already be in D.C. so we can maximize efficiencies.
4. Please Share the USICA Progress Now!
Here again are resources from last week’s kickoff of the House/Senate conference committee on the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. Your organization and network can consider putting out press statements and social media celebrating this next step. Here is the website describing more https://www.commerce.senate.gov/.
“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say this is a national emergency.” Watch Commerce @SecRaimondo and @SenatorCantwell break down the urgency of passing major competitiveness legislation ASAP. LINK
Chair @SenatorCantwell lays out why we need to pass legislation to improve supply chains, support American competitiveness, and lower costs. LINK
The U.S. is a leader in global technology, but if we’re serious about investing in American manufacturing and solving supply chain issues then we must go to conference and pass #USICA. LINK
Leader Schumer’s floor statement at the conference committee public meeting. LINK
5. The Select USA Summit
Just a reminder on one of the Big 6, trade, the 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit will be in-person June 26-29, 2022 in National Harbor, Maryland.
6. The Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program (DCIP)
This is a federal intervention designed to address deficiencies in another one of the Big 6 areas necessary for a thriving manufacturing ecosystem, defense community infrastructure. More specifically, infrastructure supportive of military installations and military family quality of life. Proposals due July 18. Check it out here.
7. EDA Info on Build To Scale Applications Due June 13
8. A Few Other Useful Links to Add to the AMCC Website Thanks to federal agency collaboration (yay!) here is USDA/EDA’s Guide for planning and funding for sustainable economic development in rural America. Love it! Also, thanks to our friends at NADO, here is a useful site to learn more about CEDS and best practices in planning.