March 2014

LAnSync td img {display: block;}       March 25, 2014 The Latest from LA n Sync A public-private-philanthropic consortium is born in Los Angeles to reinvigorate one of our region’s key industries; new research puts our work in perspective – nationally and locally; and we review the lessons we learned during our first year.

Reminder: LA n Sync Annual Summit

Our Annual Summit is scheduled for May 9. We will be in touch with more details, but for now, please mark your calendar and plan to have lunch with us as we take a look back in order to leap forward.

Collaboration Seeks Federal Designation Worth Up to $1.3 Billion

Imagine getting the federal government to help fund and facilitate the revitalization of the aerospace and defense industries in Los Angeles. Envision the creation of jobs in advanced manufacturing; training for veterans, the unemployed and young people; technological innovation; and green construction practices. These are the aims of a new cross-sector consortium called the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) which has brought together more than 30 partners across three counties to win a new federal designation.

What’s at stake?

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is an Obama Administration initiative intended to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in regions across the country. As part of IMCP, in December 2013, the Obama Administration launched a national competition to designate “manufacturing communities.” The manufacturing community designation is similar to a Promise Zone designation, but it focuses on the collaboration of community and industry to boost the economy. The designation would give AMP SoCal “elevated consideration” for $1.3 billion in future federal grants as well as offering unique assistance from 10 separate federal departments and agencies.

What does AMP SoCal want to achieve?

The partnership would create “next generation” advanced manufacturing jobs while making strategic investments in the industrial ecosystem that supports our aerospace and defense industry. In addition to big companies, the supply chains of small and medium-sized manufacturers would be included in the project. AMP SoCal would also offer education and workforce training to help residents qualify for new jobs.

Who makes up the partnership?

AMP SoCal is a broad-based consortium comprised of industry, local and regional government, economic development organizations, community colleges, universities, workforce investment boards and philanthropy. Led by the City of Los Angeles and the USC Center for Economic Development, the project unites three counties in an effort to transform Southern California’s aerospace and defense industry into a foundry for innovation without equal in the United States. Orange and San Diego Counties are both partners in the plan, indicating the breadth of the plan’s economic impact.

What is being done?

A strategic convening of key leaders is being held April 3, 2014. These leaders will include representatives from industry; from federal, regional and local government; from research/academic centers and from philanthropy. We want to communicate and develop an implementation strategy and further executive-level commitment for AMP SoCal. In Los Angeles County, the aerospace industry employs around 38,000 people. But 23 years ago, the same industry employed 130,000. This new consortium – and the new federal designation it seeks – can help us get this important industry growing again. If you would like to participate in this convening, please email Ellah Ronen at eronen@annenberg.org for details.

New Research About LA n Sync

New research, commissioned by LA n Sync from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), indicates there is no other region-wide program in the U.S. focused on building a collaborative platform to help win more federal and philanthropic dollars. In other words, we are unique! RPA also conducted interviews with local funders and nonprofits to gauge response to LA n Sync. Here are just a few of their findings:
  • Los Angeles leaders responded positively to LA n Sync, but they wanted to know more. What is the project’s structure? What role might they take? What commitment would be required and over what period? Communication will be crucial in LA n Sync’s second year.
  • The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City was cited as a regional philanthropic collaborative that focused on specific issues. Many interviewees indicated that LA n Sync should move in a similar direction – emphasizing the direct community benefits being sought in grant applications, rather than just “winning money.”
  • Respondents’ feedback was united in supporting the continuation of LA n Sync. Most thought that the program should be incubated for at least another year before determining its long-term status.

Lessons Learned

Check out our expanded February newsletter to see what lessons LA n Sync gathered from the milestones of our first year.