AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
May 2019
  • AMP SoCal Hosting Free Capital Access Event for Defense Suppliers on May 23
  • Join AMP SoCal at Space Tech Expo 2019
  • You're invited to Apprenticeship Summit 2019 hosted by Goodwill Southern California
  • Centers of Excellence statewide cybersecurity study wins national research award
  • AMP SoCal showcases its support for industry at Aerodef 2019
  • USC Center for Economic Development attends OEA Conference in D.C.
  • Deepak Bahl receives award from the USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Selected Federal Agency Announcements for the week of May 13, 2019

  • March A&D Forum Events
  • Upcoming Manufacturing Conferences & Trade Shows in Southern California
  • LAEDC R.E.D. Talks: The Future of the Supply Chain in LA County - May 21
  • AIAA LA-LV: Remotely Piloted / Unmanned Aircraft - May 23
  • SoCal Aerospace Council w/ Boeing - June 12
AMP SoCal Hosting Free Capital Access Event for Defense Suppliers on May 23
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
University of Southern California, Gateway Building

Find out what financial option makes the most sense for your business by attending our free event, hosted by the AMP SoCal Strengthening Competitiveness Program. The event will feature a financial overview, presenting financer expectations and investment conditions, and a panel discussion covering different capital access options, such as:

  • Equity
  • Senior Debt ($250,000 and above)
  • CDFI Lender ($250,000 and below)
  • Equipment Leasing

May 20 - 22, 2019
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California

Space Tech Expo USA is a commercial and technical manufacturing expo and conference for engineers, buyers and decision-makers in the space industry. It’s where the industry can source and learn about the latest materials, components, systems, testing services and manufacturing, design and engineering services, for civil, military and commercial space. Space Tech Expo brings together the entire space manufacturing industry across all tiers of the value chain to explore new technology, see first-hand and learn about the latest technologies, equipment and innovations in space manufacturing, and networking.
Visit AMP SoCal at Space Tech Expo

Booth 9009

AMP SoCal will have a booth at Space Tech Expo and we are delighted to have our partners join us! Please stop by our booth to say hi and learn more about how AMP SoCal is supporting the aerospace and defense industry in Southern California.

If you are interested in volunteering to staff the booth anytime throughout the event, please contact Libby Williams at
Centers of Excellence statewide cybersecurity study wins national research award

In 2018, the Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research (COE) released a statewide cybersecurity workforce study: "Cybersecurity: Labor Market Analysis and Statewide Survey Results from California Employers And Postsecondary Institutions (COE Cybersecurity Report)." The study won a national award from the Council on Community and Economic Research (C2ER) which recognizes the contribution of research activities to the success of local, regional, or state community, economic, and workforce development initiatives.

AMP SoCal showcases its support for industry at Aerodef 2019

AMP SoCal worked closely with our partners at SME to bring industry-focused panels and services to this year's Aerodef Conference on April 29 - May 1. AMP SoCal produced four panels which focused on manufacturing workforce development, two different OEM supplier outreach panels, and building Southern California's A&D ecosystem, in addition to assisting with supplier matchmaking appointments with major OEMs. We would like to extend a special thank you to those who participated in the panels and matchmaking appointments and a warm welcome to the new connections we made at Aerodef.
USC Center for Economic Development attends OEA Conference in D.C.

The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) helps communities adapt to DoD program changes, expansions and cutbacks, as well as incompatibilities between military operations and local development. OEA is currently working with the USC Center for Economic Development (CED) on the AMP SoCal initiative.

On May 8-10, 2019, OEA held the Industry Resilience Learning Community Convening where numerous representatives from across the country gathered to share and learn about each other's economic development efforts. Topics included supply chain, workforce, innovation and cybersecurity.

Dion Jackson (pictured), Program Director for CED and AMP SoCal, spoke on Facilitating Relationships and Communicating the Needs of the Industry Base interactive panel, where she highlighted the work being done within AMP SoCal.
Deepak Bahl receives award from
USC Price School of Public Policy

The Price School Outstanding Annual Performance Awards were created by Carl and Sterling Franklin through a gift from the Morris S. Smith Foundation. Since 1998, the Price School has honored faculty and staff for their exceptional achievement and contributions to the school.

This year, Deepak Bahl, Program Director and Co-Principal Investigator at the USC Center for Economic Development (CED) received the Margaret Harrington Outstanding Staff Award.

Deepak has worked at CED since 1997 after graduating with a Master of Planning from USC. During this time, he has dedicated himself to creating valuable and effective applied economic development strategies and programs, and supporting students and staff as they leverage the knowledge and innovation at USC to build a better, more equitable tomorrow.
Selected Federal Agency Announcements and Related for the Week of May 13, 2019

We regularly receive a selection of recent announcements gleaned from various federal sources and colleagues. This week's h ighlights include funding available for  infrastructure, workforce, manufacturing and export programs , requests for comment on how federal government can administer  OZs , and the kick off of the interagency FY19  SBIR/STTR Road Tour  next week. Special thanks to EDA, ETA and other federal partners for sharing content that we may then share with you! Please continue to check back on our blog as this is updated regularly.

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:
  • June 21: Arnie Streland – Northrop Grumman, Sr. Director of Strategy and Business Development.
  • July 19: "Killer Business: Leadership & Management Lessons from the USS Zumwalt" - Capt. Scott Tait - U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • August 16: “Anatomy of an M&A Transaction, Preparing Your Company and Yourself for an Exit”, Francis Tran, Lincoln International
  • September 20: no regular mtg, but we will host our C-Level Event
Orange County Chapter:
  • June 6: "Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Production," Mark Fullen - Aerospace Key Segment Leader - Stratasys 
San Diego Chapter:
  • May 28: Bloomberg Government will present an analysis of the President's budget
San Fernando Valley Chapter
  • May 21: Tour of Bandy Manufacturing, Burbank 
South Bay (Torrance, CA) Chapter:
  • TBD
Upcoming Manufacturing Conferences & Trade Shows

May 21-22, 2019 | Space Tech Expo  | Pasadena, CA
America’s Engineering and Manufacturing Meeting Place for Space Technology

May 19-21, 2019 | International Space Trade Summit  | Hartford, CT
The International Space Trade Summit will provide attendees with an understanding of supply chain opportunities in the International Space Sector.

June 10-12, 2019 | 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit | Huntington Beach, CA
Providing a leadership playbook for manufacturing 4.0, along with innovative ideas and emerging trends to future proof your business and improve the bottom line

June 25-27, 2019 | Light and Sound Interactive Conference | Rochester, NY
This year the conference will feature a Department of Defense track which will showcase new technologies and applications of emerging technology in lasers, photonics, and sensors for defense applications. We’re still looking for organizations to sign up for demonstrations.
The Future of the Supply Chain in LA County
How Big Data and IOT are Streamlining
Businesses for Success
May 21, 2019 Cross Campus El Segundo

The success of a business and its supply chain is increasingly determined by the business’s ability to react quickly to market forces and make smart decisions based on hard data. That’s obvious—what’s less obvious is how to do this. Please join the LAEDC for a deep dive into how your business can prepare for the future of supply chain management!

AIAA LA-LV - Remotely Piloted / Unmanned Aircraft: A Pilot's Perspective on Flying Drones
May 23, 2019 Torrance, CA

Colonel Mark Pestana, USAF (ret), presents a short history and recent developments in the revolution of remotely piloted, or unmanned, aircraft systems. He served as a NASA research pilot, in collaboration with the FAA, and helped develop and test advanced drone capabilities for safe and efficient flight in the National Airspace System.

SoCal Aerospace Council with Boeing
June 12, 2019 Cross Campus El Segundo

The SoCal Aerospace Council is wholly focused on supporting and building the most competitive aerospace community in the world, to grow our businesses and foster job creation. Our purview combines a cluster of industry sectors including aerospace, defense, space and adjacent/enabling technology. Join us as hear from Chris Johnson, Director, Boeing Satellites International.

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