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VOLUME 11 | Edition 7 | August 2017

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

The Virginia House of Delegates and Gubernatorial races are in full swing. The ads, radio spots, billboards, and talking heads are everywhere.  In contrast, we are bombarded with daily e-mails, tweets and twits about what Congress or the President is or is not doing to Make America Great Again. In the midst of all the vitriol, this week's passing of a political legend, The Honorable Lacey Putney, has reminded many of us about the honor and tradition that one can bring to public service in the Commonwealth. 

Former Delegate Lacey Putney served 52 years in the Virginia House of Delegates until just a few years ago.  He was the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and served as an Independent from Bedford's 19th House District.  He also held the honor of being the longest serving member of our General Assembly in its storied history and was one of the longest serving members in all of our nation's 99 legislative bodies!

Lacey was a friend to manufacturers.  He was an ally of the VMA and carried legislation for us into his last years in office.  He continued to be a champion of free enterprise in retirement.  But, more than his tenure and leadership, he embodied the statesman qualities that we value in our public servants.  Speaker Bill Howell characterized Delegate Putney as having "possessed an independent voice and always acquitted himself as a wise and effective legislator."  When I think of Lacey, I think of a true Virginia gentleman that was generous with advice and was able to convey it through the best stories.  Lacey has left an indelible mark on our political landscape - one that others can hope to achieve in word and deed.
Delegate Putney will lie in state in the Rotunda of the Virginia Capitol this Saturday.  
Best Wishes,
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

MFG Day - October 6th

The Virginia Manufacturers Association is an organizer for the national MFG Day.  This celebration puts modern manufacturing, our talented workforce, the amazing products manufactured by our members and the exciting career paths available to today's students in the spotlight.  Officially, MFG Day is the first Friday of October (this year is October 6th), but any day in October would be a great day to celebrate manufacturing day at your facility.  If you are planning to host an event at your manufacturing facility, please send an email to knoonan@vamanufacturers.com so that we can recognize your event on our website.

Getting involved in MFG Day is easy!   Visit the MFG Day website to download a Host Toolkit and post your event on the national website. 

The following VMA member events have been scheduled:

69th Virginia Conference on World Trade

Registration is now open!

This is a must-attend event for Virginia business leaders interested in developing and cultivating international partnerships.  Why attend?
  • Interested in developing overseas sales?
  • Want to capitalize on your overseas growth opportunities?
  • Learn ways to increase your company's international sales
  • Network with hundreds of people from manufacturing, service, and logistics sectors
  • Catch up on international trade issues with industry experts
  • Listen to high-caliber speakers discuss their experiences in international markets
Brett Vassey, VMA President & CEO, will be moderating a panel on Wednesday (10/18) focused on expanding Virginia manufactured goods exports 50% by 2025.  Panel participants will discuss best practices for small business, trade policy, intellectual property protection and public policy.  

Panel speakers include:
  • James Xu, Founder & CEO, Avail Vapor (invited)
  • Bill Butcher, Founder, Port City Brewing Co. (invited)
  • Ben Caryl, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Nicole Harrell, Partner, Kaufman & Canoles

Room Block Information 
There is a discounted room block available at the Williamsburg Lodge for October 16th and 17th, 2017. Rooms are available for $169/night. This rate is available for booking until September 26, 2017, subject to availability. Click here to book your rooms. 

Hurricane Preparedness

The Height of Hurricane Season is Upon Us!

#HurricaneStrong is a national hurricane resilience initiative to save lives and homes through collaboration with leading organizations in the disaster safety movement.  

The collaboration offers empowering hurricane safety and mitigation information for families and practitioners alike through business summits, digital channels, home improviement store workshops, kids programming, media outreach, school lesson plans, special events, and social media campaigns featuring a #HurricanStrong "Pose". 

 Click here for additional details!

Root Cause Analysis for Today's World

The VMA's is partnering with Thinking Dimensions Global to offer workshops on Root Cause Analysis for Today's World. 

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

September 19-20 
November 14-15

For more information on group discounts, please contact Bill Dunn at (703) 865-6700.  Click here to view program details and to register for upcoming workshops.