AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
August 2018
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  • Register for the upcoming AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting
  • Get Involved with AMP SoCal Pillar Committees: Learn More!
  • Site Selection: Why Aerospace Companies are Thriving — In California
  • Take our quick California Supply Chain Resilience Survey
  • Manufacturing Day 2018 is quickly approaching, here's how to get involved
  • Industry-relevant California legislative bills currently introduced

  • Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • 3D Printing Advancements in Aerospace Processes - August 14
  • AIAA LA-LV Section September Dinner Meeting - September 6
  • ECEDC Manufacturing Expo 2018 - October 2
  • Calit2 at UC Irvine Expo and Career Day - October 9

Register for the Fall 2018 Bi-Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 20, 2018 | USC Tutor Campus Center

Attend the Fall 2018 AMP SoCal Bi-Annual meeting and join top business leaders,management and manufacturers at one of the region’s foremost aerospace-focused events. A distinguished group of speakers and panelists will share their expertise on innovation, industry advancement, and best practices for the promotion of job growth and business development.

Agenda and more information at
Early Bird Registration
  • $75 Fee
Register after September 14
  • $100 Fee
Bi-Annual Registration includes continental breakfast and networking lunch.
We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and AMP SoCal partners and their role in making the Bi-Annual Meeting a success. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please visit:
Get Involved with an
AMP SoCal Pillar Committee

AMP SoCal has six Pillar Committees organized to fully represent and strengthen the Southern California A&D cluster. The Pillar Committees are divided into the following categories.

  • Workforce & Training
  • Supplier Network
  • Research & Innovation
  • Infrastructure & Site Development
  • Trade & International Investment
  • Operational Improvement & Capital Access

Each of the committees generally meet monthly via conference call. Their meetings help guide the direction of AMP SoCal by forming goals and lending expertise in their respective area of focus. 

Site Selection: Why Aerospace Companies are Thriving — In California

You’ve already read articles about companies leaving California for greener business-climate pastures. This is not one of those. It’s about why companies want — and need — to stay, particularly in the aerospace sector, which for decades has been one of the state’s signature industries.

Calling all CA defense companies! Take our quick California Supply Chain Survey

GO-Biz, in partnership with The Institute of Applied Research at California State University San Bernardino (IAR), is leading an effort to map California’s Defense Supply Chain. This research is part of the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE), an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to bolster California's defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience, innovation capacity and diversification.

Help us promote your firm’s capabilities to contractors
looking for suppliers!

Participate in our short, confidential survey by clicking the link below.
Manufacturing Day 2018 is quickly approaching,
here's how to get involved.

This year, National Manufacturing Day will be on October 5. It is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Industry-relevant California legislative bills
currently introduced

Here are several items of legislation that are focused on workforce development, career and technical education, and technology that may be of interest to our AMP SoCal network. Thank you to Keith Coleman of the Tesla Foundation for sending the list. If there are additional items that should be added, please let us know at

Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Meetings & Events
The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community that provides opportunities for sharing of information and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs. Visit for descriptions and links to RSVP to any of the meetings. Waitlists are maintained for all meetings and tours.

Los Angeles Chapter:
  • August 17 - "The Future of Space in Los Angeles", Jeff Matthews, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting, LLC

Orange County Chapter: 
  • August 2 - "The Evolving Landscape in Aerospace (it's not business as usual)", Jeff Johnston President & CEO, Desser Holdings

San Fernando Valley Chapter:
  • August 21 - "Report on Farnborough", David Conrad, Director Business Development, PTI Technologies

San Diego Chapter:
  • TBD

South Bay Chapter:
  • August 6 - Tour of the James Webb Space Telescope, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Space Park, Redondo Beach (registration closed July 30).
  • September 12 - Tour of Systems Technology in Hawthorne
  • October 10 - Tour of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - a joint meeting of the South Bay and San Fernando Valley chapters.
GoEngineer and Stratasys Present 3D Printing Advancements in Aerospace Processes
August 14, 2018 |  Long Beach, CA

Stratasys and GoEngineer have teamed up to bring our Southern California aerospace partners a free educational event that will give even the most seasoned 3D printing user new insight, perspective, and knowledge. Join us for this free event as we cover new materials, machines, solutions, and complementing technologies that are poised to affect positive changes in the way you're doing things now.

AIAA LA-LV Section September Dinner Meeting
Exploring The Solar System / Mars Through Low-Latency
Telepresence (LLT)
September 6, 2018 | Redondo Beach, CA

Learn more about an exciting concept/approach for Solar System/Mars Exploration. Listen as out speaker discusses the synergetic human/robotic missions and Low-Latency Telepresence (LLT), its benefits and challenges. Enjoy the excitement of the on-going Solar System/Mars exploration. Bring your questions & feedback for dynamic & interactive discussions and network with the speaker, and other aerospace professionals, scientists, engineers, & business professionals, along with some educators, students, and enthusiasts .

East County Manufacturing Expo
October 2, 2018 | El Cajon, CA

The East County Economic Development Council is hosting its third annual Manufacturing Expo on October 2, 2018 from 3:00-6:00 pm. Dozens of San Diego East County manufacturers like Computer Integrated Machining, Pacific Island Beer Company, and Taylor Guitars, will gather in one location to showcase their products and services to the public. This free event is part of U.S. Manufacturing Day, a nationwide effort to show the public what today's manufacturing looks like and dispel common misconceptions about the industry. 

Calit2 at UC Irvine Expo and Career Day
Showcase Your Company to the Next Generation of Employees, Customers and Manufacturers
October 9, 2018 | Irvine, CA

Calit2 at UC Irvine has a long and successful history in partnering with businesses and the community. Now, in conjunction with CMTC, they are graciously hosting an on campus event for high school students to learn about today’s manufacturing processes and the opportunities that they present. The event will also give small and medium-sized manufacturers access to future skilled workers as they learn about the different careers available to them.

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