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May 12, 2016
AMP SoCal News and Events
  • AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting Update
  • Technology Transfer Innovation Forum
  • Goodwill So Cal Manufacturing Forum
  • Space Tech Expo May 24 - 26
  • "So Cal Aerospace is Making a Comeback"
  • U.S. Commercial Service Webinars
  • Free Manufacturing Career Academy
Bi-Annual Meeting Update
The date for our first bi-annual meeting has been moved to August 4th at a new location, the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The California Science Center is home to the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Our Bi-Annual meeting will include: a Defense Panel; a facilitated AMP SoCal Townhall discussion to help guide our future work; an Innovation Panel highlighting best practices for manufacturers; and a much anticipated Procurement Panel with representatives from leading OEMs and First Tier A&D firms in the region. Save the date and look for a formal registration link soon. Please remember that this event is targeted at AMP SoCal partners and owners and general managers of  small and medium companies only. 
Upcoming AMP SoCal June Innovation Forum:
Technology Transfer for Small Business
@ UCI Research Innovation Center
In June, AMP SoCal will host an Innovation Forum spotlighting technology transfers occurring through local universities and how to apply them to commercial use. The technology transfer centers from six southern California universities will present current research technology that have practical applications within the aerospace and/or defense industry. Some of the institutions offer an “express license program” which allow for rapid licensing by companies.  We are also inviting one of the national laboratories to share information on their technology transfer program.

Stay tuned as we finalize a date shortly and
send out registration links, or email with questions.
Manufacturing Industry Forum 
May 20, 2016 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LA Valley Community College

Since 1916, Goodwill Southern California’s mission has been to "Transform Lives Through the Power of Work." Present day they are focused on connecting manufacturers with skilled employees. On May 20th, Goodwill of Southern California is hosting a forum and inviting all manufacturers to hear from the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship about 21st century apprenticeship models. The audience will be a mix of both employers and educators who have a strong interest in learning about, or engaging in, competency-based and hybrid apprenticeship programs through the U.S. Department of Labor. This event will include breakfast and lunch. For more information and to RSVP contact Tracy DiFilipps at (323) 477-3923 or

Also, if you are a manufacturer Goodwill would appreciate hearing from you via a short 5 minute survey:

Space Tech Expo
May 24 - 26
Visit us at Booth #9105

AMP SoCal will have a booth at the Space Tech Expo being held May 24 - 26 in Pasadena.  Space Tech brings together industry leaders to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil and commercial space.  
"How Aerospace is Making a Comeback in Southern California"
In April, 89.3 KPCC, a Southern California National Public Radio station, interviewed an AMP SoCal partner, Dr. Christine Cooper, LAEDC's Chief Economist, for a segment titled "How Aerospace is Making a Comeback in Southern California."  The story highlights the shift in aerospace manufacturing at the end of the cold war and the changing industry focus towards commercialization.
You might also be interested in listening to a KPCC extended report from last fall highlighting "What gets made in LA is way more than movies".  The report focuses on the Southern California region as a major manufacturing hub, specifically aerospace.
U.S. Commercial Service Presents:
Opportunities in Rapidly Evolving Defense Markets Webinars

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and Frost & Sullivan for a two-part series on “Rapidly Evolving Defense Markets”.  Following years of continued economic and military growth, the selected rapidly evolving countries will steadily increase military spending as each confronts the challenges of deterring external threats and addressing modernization requirements.

This series will provide a defense market assessment for 2015 - 2025 of Kuwait, Qatar and Morocco (Part 1) followed by Singapore, South Korea and Colombia (Part 2). The webinars will cover projected defense spending for equipment and programs, opportunities and paths to market entry in each country.

Do You Know Someone Interested in a Career in Manufacturing?
Free 6-Week Manufacturing Academy 
The  UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corp. along with LA Valley College are offering a six-week manufacturing academy to train adults interested in preparing for careers in the industry.  Students will learn manufacturing theory and applied principles. Orientations begin in June and training starts in July. Participants will learn skills to work in careers as CNC Operator, Quality Control, Machine Operator, Deburring Technician, Material Handler and Assembler. Please share with anyone you know interested in a career in manufacturing.
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