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VOLUME 11 | MFG Day Edition | October 2017

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members:

Fall is election and conference season in the Commonwealth.  The VMAPAC will be actively sharing information about Gubernatorial and House of Delegate candidates  over the coming weeks.  The VMA will be holding committee meetings and its largest event of the year - the Virginia Industry Forum.  These are tremendous opportunities for networking and best-practice sharing.  I encourage all members to be active in the coming weeks and join us in celebrating manufacturing in the Commonwealth.

Regarding elections, the VMAPAC will be distributing responses to Gubernatorial candidate surveys as well as a "Get Out the Vote" information series in the coming week.  To see a copy of the 2013 Gubernatorial election survey and the candidates' responses, go to http://vamanufacturers.com/election-questionnaire/,

Also, the VMA's flagship conference, the Virginia Industry Forum, and, the VMA's 95th Annual Meeting, are coming up 
November 2-3 in Newport News.  The VMA has two days packed with supply-chain interviews, workforce solutions, digital manufacturing, national speakers on manufacturing productivity, a trade show and a fantastic evening reception.  We will also unveil the " Virginia MFG Competitiveness Plan and Index," which will measure VA against all 49 other states in 52 different areas ranging from utility rates to taxation.  These resources, and the suite of new VMA Member Benefits that will be announced, are not to be missed. 

I look forward to seeing you November 2-3 at the Virginia Industry Forum.
Best Wishes,
Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

Kellyanne Conway Headlines MFG Day Town Hall in Roanoke
Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, spoke at a Town Hall in Roanoke on Friday as part of a national Manufacturing Day event.   The Town Hall took place at Optical Cable, which manufacturers fiber-optic cables for high bandwidth transmission of data and communications over short to moderate distances.

Conway was joined by Jay T immons, President and CEO of the National Ass ociation of Manufacturers; Neil Wilkin, President and CEO of Optical Cable; Brett Vassey, President and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, as well as VMA members and regional business leaders.  Conway spoke on the future of modern manufacturing and the importance of national tax cuts and reforms.
Attention MFG Day Hosts - The Post-Event Survey Is Back!
For the third year in a row, Deloitte has created a post-event survey that Manufacturing Day Hosts can use to assess the impact of their events with attendees - and on the public perception of manufacturing more generally.

As in years past, Deloitte will compile results, provide analysis of the survey responses, and share the information in an infographic that will be published to mfgday.com.

To access the survey, Hosts should log in to their Host Dashboard. There, under the sub-head "Visitor Survey," is a link labeled "Go to Survey." 

Host can simply distribute this link to any event attendees they want to participate in the survey. As a web application, the survey can be conducted on any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

GENEDGE Provides Financial Support For MFG Day Events

GENEDGE is proud to support National Manufacturing Day.  They can provide financial assistance to help defray  transportation and food costs for events taking place across Virginia during the month October where students, parents, and teachers will be participating.  

To learn more, please contact James Swisher at  james@hawkeyebusinesssolutions.com  or Valerie Simpson at  vsimpson@genedge.org .

Share Your Insights in the 2018 Keiter/LEA Global National Manufacturing Outlook Survey

You are invited to participate in the 2018 National Manufacturing Outlook survey being conducted by Keiter and their associate accounting firms within LEA Global. Responses will be kept strictly confidential. Results will be shared with all those who participate.  The survey results will contain the expectations, insights and opinions from manufacturing executives and industry leaders from across the country.

Keiter and LEA Global jointly released the results of the  2017 Manufacturing Outlook Survey  last year for the first time, including data on expected revenue growth, internal and external industry headwinds, and industry priorities for manufacturers.

69th Virginia Conference on World Trade

Registration is now open!

The Virginia Conference on World Trade is a two-day event. It is a must-attend for all Virginia business leaders interested in developing and cultivating international partnerships.  
Featured Topics
  • Expand Manufactured Exports 50% by 2025
  • Digital Marketing in the Global Economy
  • How to Get Products Door to Door
  • Cyber Responsibility in an Interconnected World
  • Global Trends: Critical Issues and What's Ahead
  • Remarks from Lt. Governor Ralph Northam (invited) and Ed Gillespie, Republican Candidate for Governor
  • Speed Networking Reception
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:
  • Michael Newman, VP, Optical Cable Corporation
  • Richard Miller, VP, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Ben Caryl, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Nicole Harrell, Partner, Kaufman & Canoles
Valuable connections that can take your international business to the next level are waiting to happen. Attend informative workshops, hear compelling speakers, and walk away with new ideas that put global trade to work for your business.

Full conference registration is $275

Support FeedMore and Make a Difference to Those in Need

As Central Virginia's core-hunger relief organization, FeedMore is dedicated to distributing healthy food to neighbors in need.
FeedMore provides homemade meals to kids at afterschool programs, and on the weekend and during summer months when school meals are not accessible. FeedMore distributes wholesome food to families struggling to make ends meet and regain their financial balance. FeedMore hand delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors and disabled neighbors, helping ensure these folks can age in place.  
Every year, FeedMore receives millions of pounds of donations from food manufacturers across the region. This support, coupled with generous financial contributions and volunteer hours donated by the manufacturing industry, enables FeedMore to help even more Central Virginians who struggle with hunger.
With the continuous support of the manufacturing community, FeedMore is able to provide our neighbors who face hunger with the nourishment they need to lead happy, healthy lives. And FeedMore is always looking for new partners to stand beside them in the fight against hunger!
If your organization is interested in making a difference in the communities you serve, please contact Kevin Rudnick, Corporate Relations Manager at FeedMore, (krudnick@FeedMore.org or 804-521-3273) to discuss partnership opportunities.

Root Cause Analysis for Today's World

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

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

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.