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VOLUME 10 | Edition 4 | May 2017

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

It is hard to believe, but it is almost summer.  Summer marks an important time for the VMA, it is when we nominate candidates for major legislative and regulatory appointments, launch our annual membership drive and start our Manufacturing Skills Institute fundraising campaign.  It is all part of our Vision 2020 strategic plan to improve Virginia manufacturing competitiveness and grow the VMA.

If you or someone in your network would be a good candidate for the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board or State Water Pollution Control Board, we want to know.  If you are interested in serving on the State Board of Education or the Virginia Board of Workforce Development, we want to know.  If you are interested in helping the VMA's own Virginia Industry Foundation, we want to know.  Opportunities for appointments arise all the time and we can move quickly when we have qualified candidates to nominate, so please send your bio and interests to mstory@vamanufacturers.com.

Speaking of interests, the VMA's Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is laser focused on closing the industry skills and interests gaps by 2020.  The manufacturing sector needs over 66,000 newly skilled workers over the next 10 years.  MSI's academic partner network will produce over 2,500 credentialed individuals this year alone and reach another 16,000 through its www.dreamitidoitvirginia.com career information system.  Please help us reach our $750,000 fundraising goal by giving today - http://manufacturingskillsinstitute.org/vision2020/.

In closing, the VMA team is here to serve you.  Whether its finding appointment opportunities for members, closing the industry skills and interest gaps in the workforce, or simply knocking down uncompetitive regulations and legislation, we are proud to continue our tradition of being Industry's Advocate since 1922.

Best Wishes,
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

Virginia Press Association Launches Statewide Public Notice Website

Virginians now have a way to find and read public notices from anywhere in Virginia through a new statewide public notice website provided by the Virginia Press Association.

The free website is available at www.publicnoticevirginia.com.  The website is keyword searchable and provides access to all local, state and federal government public notices. This includes notices for public meetings, zoning permits, government contracts, court hearings, unclaimed property, foreclosures and other government, business and judicial information.  Users can even opt to receive alerts by email. 

Root Cause Analysis for Today's World

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

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

July 18-19 
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.

Omega Protein - Reedville Facility Open House  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
11am - 3:30pm
610 Menhaden Rd
Reedville, VA 22539

Omega Protein will be hosting an Open House for all members and friends of the VMA.  Guests will be treated to a tour of the facility and lunch.

Now in their 139 th year of continuous operation in the Commonwealth, Omega Protein's Reedville facility remains a key economic driver of the community and of the Northern Neck region. This facility includes a state of the art Health and Sciences Center, new processing equipment, a first-of-its kind water re-use program, innovative product storage and significant environmental improvement initiatives that have changed the face of Omega Protein.
Guests will get an insider's look at the fishing operations and fish oil refinery as well as visit the $20 million Health and Sciences Center. Guests will learn about the health of the fishery, and its legislative and regulatory framework.

Please RSVP to Susan Gaston at susan@gastongroup.com by Thursday, June 2nd.

Get Involved in a Dream It. Do It. Virginia Advanced Technology Camp Program

Dream It. Do It. Virginia Advanced Technology Camps are committed to providing world-class experiential learning for participants.  But we need your help, because fin ding a host location for a DIDIVA camp is just the beginning. Sponsorship funding and volunteers are needed to bring this exciting opportunity to fruition .  

Sponsor a camp!
There are several levels of sponsorship that you can choose and every contribution helps to provide an excellent experience for students.  Click here   for more information and to find the camp sponsorship form.  The following camps need sponsorship:
  • Virginia Western Community College - June 12-15
  • Southwest Virginia Community College - June 20-22
  • Southside Community College - June 26-29
  • Patrick Henry Community College - June 26-30
Volunteer at an upcoming camp! 
Become part of a growing network of Virginia businesses who are helping our youth explore STEM careers and help grow the Commonwealth's talent of tomorrow!
For more information about sponsorship, volunteering and tours, please contact Melissa Gordon, Dream It. Do It. Virginia Coordinator at mgordon@vamanufacturers.com.   Click here to view a complete list of summer camps and locations.

Member Spotlight - President Donald J. Trump Calls Aircraft Carriers "The Centerpiece Of American Military Might Overseas"

O n March 2, 2017, President Donald J. Trump spoke aboard the aircraft carrier  Gerald R. Ford which is preparing for sea trails and delivery at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division.  

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII's Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII's Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.