Sync in a Sec: September 18, 2015

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A Weekly Update on the Happenings of LA n Sync
Vol. 16 -- September 18, 2015

U.S. Department of EnergyManufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing

LA n Sync is proud to be a part of the team led by the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) to compete for a $70 million grant recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy: Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling Manufacturing.

 The Vision for the Institute

SMLC will build a national Smart Manufacturing Industrial Commons comprised of an extensive, universally accessible network of regional centers that incorporate Smart Manufacturing to achieve local and collective objectives. The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) will be an industry-led non-profit organization with its Hub in Los Angeles, California and networked regional centers across California, Washington, New York, North Carolina and Texas. The Institute will work across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments.

 Importance of Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing significantly improves productivity, performance, technology adoption, as well as energy and environmental sustainability. It is the use of real-time data, information and communications technology to advance manufacturing intelligence and improve techniques to achieve superior economic and operational performance and productivity. 

Economic & Clean Energy Potentials

California would benefit from the location of a clean energy smart manufacturing institute, which would bring substantial economic growth. The State of California’s manufacturing output is approximately $230B (2011) – developing the Institute will result in at least a 10% increase in output and productivity,.  

The SMLC will submit a concept paper by November 4 and our hope is that they will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Reminder: Promise Zones: Round 3 Open for Public Comment

LA n Sync reminds our colleagues that The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have opened the public comment period for the third and final round of Promise Zones designations. Beginning July 29 comments will be solicited through September 28, 2015 regarding the selection process, criteria and submissions. LA n Sync was a key supporter in the first round of Promise Zones, when the City of Los Angeles became one of only three cities in the nation to receive the urban designation in 2014. We hope our region will see the same success in this upcoming round.  

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