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  • Manufacturing Update for April/May 2015

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update



    Manufacturing Jobs for America – A Plan for Jobs and Growth
    Americans have come a long way from the depths of the Great Recession. Our businesses have created 12.1 million jobs over the past 61 months – the longest sustained stretch of job creation in our nation’s history – and a key driver of that economic recovery has been a sector that helped build this country’s middle class – manufacturing. Still, while American manufacturing is newly resurgent, there’s much more we can do to build on its momentum. That’s why last Congress we started a campaign called Manufacturing Jobs for America (MJA) to focus on four key issues: investing in America’s workforce, expanding access to capital, opening up markets abroad for American goods, and crafting a national manufacturing strategy. As a country, we need to invest in American manufacturing and in American workers, and Manufacturing Jobs for America is our best chance to do that in Congress.
    More: Op-Ed in Republic 3.0, Baldwin Release

    Donnelly Joins Bipartisan Effort to Introduce Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank
    U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, joined colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that would reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.  Donnelly — along with U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Mark Warner (D-VA)— introduced legislation late Thursday that would reauthorize the Bank’s charter until September 30, 2019 and implement several reforms.
    More: Donnelly Release

    Murphy Introduces Bill to Incentivize Investment in Startup Businesses
    U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) joined Congressmen Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Patrick Murphy (D-Fl.) to announce the introduction of the Angel Tax Credit Act, a bill that would provide investors with further incentive to invest significant capital in startup businesses. 
    More: Murphy Release

    Baldwin, Kaine and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Career Readiness in Schools
    U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Career Ready Act of 2015, legislation that would help ensure students are college and career-ready by strengthening school counseling programs and encouraging states to keep track of career readiness factors implemented in school districts.
    More: Baldwin Release



    Coons Knows Manufacturing Push Needs GOP Support
    Sen. Chris Coons has started a matchmaking service. No, not a dating app. The Delaware Democrat is working with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., to spearhead an effort to bring together Republican and Democratic senators interested in manufacturing jobs — and he’s even discussed the subject in a one-on-one meeting with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
    More: Roll Call Article

    New MIT Report Details Benefits of Investment in Basic Research
    MIT released a report in which faculty and other researchers detail specific impacts, within their fields, of declining federal investment in basic research. The report — “The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit” — was prepared by a committee of MIT researchers and research administrators. Examining how funding cutbacks will affect the future of scientific studies in the U.S., the report highlights opportunities in basic research that could help shape and maintain U.S. economic power, and benefit society.
    More: MIT Release

    MEP Competition Aims to Strengthen Small Manufacturing
    Nonprofit organizations can now compete for $320 million in public and private funding to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers in 12 key states. It’s all part of a national effort to expand technology, innovation, and workforce development services to small manufacturers and bring new American-made products to market.
    More: American Alliance for Manufacturing Release

    NIST and NSF Partner to Launch Industry-University Consortium to Provide Input on National Advanced Manufacturing Research and Development Priorities
    The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that they will establish a consortium to provide private?sector input on national advanced manufacturing research and development priorities. NSF has released a solicitation, calling for applications from organizations to administer the consortium through a cooperative agreement.
    More: NIST Release

    GM to Spend $5.4 Billion in US Factory Makeovers
    General Motors announced $5.4 billion in new U.S. plant upgrades over the next three years, including in three sites in Michigan, the traditional hub of the U.S. auto industry. The biggest investment outlined is $520 million for a site near Lansing to build tools and equipment for GM's future vehicle programs. The move will retain 1,900 jobs at the site, the company's newest plant in North America, the automaker said.
    More: IndustryWeek Release

    Obama Administration Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules to Implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs in more than 15 years. WIOA is designed to improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies, strengthen collaboration with state and local partners, and provide Americans with increased access to training, education and other support to succeed in the job market and in their careers. Today, the departments of Labor and Education announced five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to implement WIOA and seek public comment.
    More: Department of Labor Release

    Steel Industry CEOs Warn of a Possible Sectoral Collapse Due to Surging Imports
    CEOs from the country's largest and most important steel companies along with an executive from the nation's top industrial union were on Capitol Hill on March 26 and used the opportunity to raise alarms about surging steel imports. The situation, they told the Steel Caucus in a unified voice, is far worse than anything they have seen in a generation, as foreign nations, awash in 638 million tons of excess capacity, dump subsidized steel into the United States, the world's most open market.
    More: Manufacturing and Technology News

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    Manufacturing Update
  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for May 11-16

    Monday, May 11 at 7:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver the keynote speech at the 4th Annual Kind to Kids Foundation Spring Celebration.Kind to Kids protects and aids foster children, especially those who have been victims of abuse or neglect. At this celebration, Capital One will be given the Kind to Kids Business Community Service award and Henry Tucker will receive their Young Adult Rising Star award. Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Caroline Jones at (302) 521-1111.

    Monday, May 12 at 3:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Emerging Global Entrepreneurs Event at the White House featuring remarks by President Obama, senior Administration officials, young entrepreneurs from around the world, and guests from the popular TV show Shark Tank. The event will highlight the impact of the Administration’s efforts to advance the frontiers of entrepreneurship around the world and the potential for young people to transform their lives and their communities through entrepreneurship. The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. Open to credentialed press. 

    Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m.  The Senator will attend the Congressional Child Survival Prayer Breakfast. At this event, co-sponsored by Food for the Hungry, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services and other faith-based organizations, more than 150 religious leaders, development organizations, Congressional Members and their staffs will come together to bring prayers and attention to the issues of global health and child survival in the developing world. Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Lucas Koach at lkoach@fh.org.

    Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the Appropriations FSGG Subcommittee hearing regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. Witnesses testifying will be Mr. Thomas Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Mr. Ajit Pai, Republican Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the CARE Gala dinner honoring outgoing CARE president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle. Dr. Gayle has faithfully served the CARE foundation in its mission to provide disaster relief and fight global poverty since 2006. U.S. Department of Health Secretary Burwell will be the keynote speaker at this event. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, May 13 at 10:25 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy Efficiency Global Forum. This event will bring together heads of government and visionaries from the leading non-government organizations to discuss the nexus between doubling energy productivity and meeting regional and national climate goals.  Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. –  Open to press. Contact: Becca Rohrer at 202-530-2206.

    Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Rotary International Congressional Reception. Senator Coons was a 2014 recipient of Rotary’s “Champion of Polio Eradication” Award and will be recognized for this accomplishment at this event. Senate Mansfield Room 207, Washington D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Bankers Association 120th Annual Dinner.  Since 1895, the Delaware Bankers Association has aimed to support its member institutions with leadership and information that will provide their employees, their communities, and the state with a safe and viable financial services industry.  Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Closed to press.

    Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Wilmington Metropolitan Urban League’s 8th Annual Lions and Legends Awards Celebration Dinner. This event will commemorate the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Rochelle Kilby at 302-402-3185.

    Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. – The Senator will attend “Breaking Bread Behind Bars.” This groundbreaking event was designed by late award-winning restaurateur Matt Haley. Inmates are invited to be involved in the preparation of a meal and then dine as guests at that meal alongside business and civic leaders who can potentially facilitate their employment after their release from incarceration. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Ajit George at 302-656-0201.

    Friday, May 15 at 9:15 a.m. – Sen. Carper and Coons will join Lieutenant Colonel Bliss, for an update on the Broadkill Beach dredging project, where federal contractors are turning back the clock on more than sixty years’ worth of storm erosion and sea level rise damage. Broadkill Beach, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Friday, May 15 at 12 p.m. – The Senator will deliver the keynote remarks at the First State Community Loan Fund’s Annual Luncheon. The theme of the luncheon will be how federal programs have positively impacted the First State Community Loan Fund at its ability to serve its clients. Sheraton Wilmington South, 365 Airport Road in New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Vandell Hampton at 302-652-6774.

    Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Bench and Bar Conference. This event will feature judges from the district of Delaware, the Third Circuit, and the Federal Circuit, and other distinguished speakers and honored guests.  Chase Center at the River Front, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Rebecca Baird at 302-658-5279.

    Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend a reception welcoming the Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, to Delaware. John Kofi Adyekum Kufuor served as the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the African Union.  Closed to press.

    Saturday, May 16 at 7:15 p.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Disabled American Veterans Department Convention Banquet. This is the 45th Annual Department and the 39th Department Auxiliary Convention. Walter L Fox Post 2, American Legion, 835 South Bay Road, Dover, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Paul Lardizzone at 302-382-3448.

  • Carper, Coons, Carney host job fair in Sussex County

    REHOBOTH, Del. – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and U.S. Representative John Carney (all D-Del.) hosted a job fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Monday featuring more than 70 currently-hiring employers, with over 200 job seekers in attendance. This was the third of three such fairs hosted by the delegation this year.

    Organizations from the public and private sectors, including Kate Spade, the Wilmington Police Department, and the University of Delaware met with prospective employees, accepted resumes and applications, and in some cases conducted on-the-spot job interviews.

    Visitors to the job fair were also invited to attend job seeking skills workshops with Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. During these workshops, “Dress for Success” and “Interview Skills,” participants will learn how to build a neat and professional wardrobe and how to present oneself during an interview.

    Since 2011, the Congressional Delegation has hosted 26 job fairs in Delaware, including four specifically for veterans. Past job fairs hosted by the Congressional Delegation took place in New Castle County on April 10th at Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton campus and in Kent County on March 23rd at Wilmington University’s Dover Campus. These fairs successfully connected hundreds of unemployed Delawareans with prospective employers.

  • Senator Coons speaks at panel on criminal justice reform

    WILMINGTON, Del. – On Monday, Senator Coons sat down with other leaders and reformers in the field of criminal justice at Salesianum High School’s Centenary Hall for “Incarceration Nation,” the latest in the Salesianum Breakfast Speaker Series. Panelists participated in a lively discussion about mass incarceration in the United States and then fielded questions from an audience of community members, professionals, and Salesianum students.

    “The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners,” said Salesianum’s President Brendan P. Kennealey in his opening remarks. The goal of the discussion was to consider the impacts, both social and economic, of America’s mass incarceration epidemic.

    Senator Coons was joined by two other panelists in the field of criminal justice. The Honorable John Gleeson, a federal judge from the Eastern District of New York, has recently made news for his efforts to raise awareness about the controversial effects of mandatory minimum sentencing. Also on the panel was United States Attorney for the District of Delaware Charles Oberly III. Prior to taking that position, Mr. Oberly was the longest-serving state Attorney General in Delaware’s history, serving three four-year terms. Chief Justice Leo E. Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court moderated the discussion.

    Panelists zeroed in on mandatory minimum sentencing and the efficacy of electing federal judges to the bench as potential contributing factors to the trend towards mass incarceration. This question of the effectiveness of imprisonment on reducing crime rates is particularly timely as Wilmington is suffers from an epidemic of violent crime.

    “What we need is an attitude of humility in the face of the vast human suffering that is really at the core of the criminal justice system,” Senator Coons said in his closing remarks, “for victims and for those who commit crimes and for those who put themselves at risk investigating and prosecuting crimes. An attitude of humility is what I try to encourage in my colleagues in the Senate as we examine this issue and try to find a bipartisan path forward.”

  • A look ahead at Sen. Coons' schedule for April 27-May 1

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m. — The Senator will participate in a panel discussion on criminal justice reform called “Incarceration Nation.” He will join United States Attorney Charlie Oberly, Chief Justice Leo Strine and Judge John Gleeson, District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, as a part of Salesianum’s Breakfast Lecture Series to discuss causes and solutions for the United States’ large prison population. Salesianum School, 1801 North Broom Street, Wilmington DE. – Open to press. Contact: Betsy Dougart at 302-356-2660.

    Tuesday, April 28 at 6:45 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Refugees International Gala. The Senator will be honored with a Congressional Award for “demonstrating extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action” at this event.  Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC. – Open to press. Contact: Kendra Davis at 703-582-3203.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 9:15 a.m.  The Senator will attend a breakfast discussion on building a strong American workforce. He will be joined by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons to discuss ways that Congress can improve skills training programs for the jobs of tomorrow. Union Station’s Columbus Room, 40 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Whitney Mitchell (Third Way) wmitchell@thirdway.org.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government Ceremony. The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government is given annually to a government official whose career demonstrates and promotes respect for high standards of public service; this year, Representative John Lewis will be honored for his work with the civil rights movement. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Jim Paul at 217-244-6762.

    Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. — The Senator will attend the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. At this unique event, the Senator will participate in a competitive cook-off against other Senators and Representatives preparing and serving their favorite dishes to locally acclaimed professional chefs. Proceeds from this event support the March of Dimes foundation, which funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.  National Building Museum, 440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. – The Senator will testify at the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources’ hearing on energy efficiency legislation. Sen. Coons will testify on the Coons-Collins weatherization bill and Coons-Gardner Energy Savings Through Public Private Partnerships act. Sen. Coons will be on a Members panel with Senators Collins (R-ME) and Klobuchar (D-MN). Dirksen-366, Washington D.C. Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend a dinner with the Council on Competitiveness Executive Committee. The Council’s goal is to increase the United States' economic competitiveness in the global marketplace and to bring high-value economic activity into the United States. The Council works to facilitate the debate on competitiveness by bringing together business, labor, academic and government leaders to evaluate economic challenges and opportunities. The Army-Navy Club, 901 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Andrew Steigerwald at ASteigerwald@compete.org

    Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.  – The Senator will attend the investiture of Collins J. Seitz Jr as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Delaware. Collins J. Seitz Jr is a native Delawarean and a longtime corporate lawyer, specializing in commercial, intellectual property, and trust cases.  The Baby Grand, 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Kathryn Wolinski at 302-255-0099.

  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule April 20-27

    The Week Ahead 

    Monday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver the keynote speech for the Delaware Jefferson Awards Ceremony. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service are given at both national and local levels to “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” Hotel DuPont, Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact Nancy Leonard at 302-530-8722.

    Tuesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m.  The Senator will deliver remarks at the Association of American Universities’ Spring Meeting. The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an international organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. The Four Seasons Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Steering Committee meeting to discuss reform of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act. This discussion will bring together advocacy groups and national organizations to discuss issues critical to the reauthorization of the ESEA and how Senate Democrats can best meet the needs of students across the country. Senate Room 207, Mansfield Room, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. — The Senator will deliver a keynote speech for a World Malaria Day event. This event, hosted by the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, will bring together a range of speakers and stakeholders united in the fight against this infectious disease. Senate Visitors Center Room 210, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Houston Ernst at Houston@globalfight.org.

    Thursday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m. – The Senator will speak at a breakfast for the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 120, Washington D.C. Open to press. Contact: Ryan Davison at 202-872-6241.

    Thursday, April 23 at 5:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a reception for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. This event will have a specific focus on Mr. Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative, which supports the effectiveness of governments in Africa. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Danielle Gram at danielle.gram@tb-agi-us.org.

    Friday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Del-PAC Student Leadership Dinner. Hosted by the University of Delaware’s AIPAC-trained student group, this dinner will bring together more than 100 student leaders and activists from the campus community to discuss Israel and the American-Israeli relationship. Gore Educational Building, South College Avenue, University of Delaware-Newark, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Josh Berkowitz at josh.ada.berkowitz@gmail.com.

    Friday, April 24 at 6:15p.m. – The Senator will attend the retirement celebration for Dr. Joseph Pika. Dr. Pika has been an integral part of the University of Delaware’s Political Science and International Relations department since he joined the faculty in 1981. Courtyard Marriot Ballroom at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. – Closed to press.

    Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 11th Annual WOW Awards Celebration. The WOW Awards Celebration is the signature fundraiser of the Delaware HIV Consortium. With a new theme every year, the WOW Awards Celebration recognizes leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS and raises much-needed funds for Delawareans living with the disease. Clarion Hotel, 1612 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Scott MacKenzie at 302-654-5417.

    Saturday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m. – The Senator will attend the 2015 Brain Tumor Walk. This annual event benefits the National Brain Tumor Society; proceeds from it support research to find a cure for brain tumors, public policy advocacy, and patient information to make sure that the critical needs of the brain tumor community are being met. Dravo Plaza at the Wilmington Riverfront, 1080 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press.

    Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 2015 Common Wealth Awards hosted by The PNC Financial Services Group. These awards recognize individuals who have enriched modern society in a range of human endeavors; honorees this year include musician Jon Bon Jovi and actor Edward Norton for Public Service awards, in addition to entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales for the Mass Communications Award. Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, DE. – For press inquiries, contact: Nicole Berger at nicole.berger@pnc.com.

  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons for April 13-19

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. — The Senator will deliver remarks at a press conference announcing an $18.8 million dollar grant to fund a new job training program with local partners. Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has been awarded a three-year, $18.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with local partners in providing job training and intensive case management to Delawareans who receive food benefits and have limited job skills or work experience. Delaware is one of 10 states to receive the competitive grants seeking collaborative ways to move people into employment. Central Baptist Church, 839 Pine Street, Wilmington, DE. – Open to press. Contact: Jill Fredel (DHSS) at 302-357-7498.                                                                                                                                                             

    Tuesday, April 14 at 2:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to mark up the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. This bill would allow Congress to review a potential nuclear agreement made with Iran. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. The Senator will attend the French Congressional Caucus Reception. The French ambassador has invited all members of the 114th Congress in addition to the members of the French Caucus and representatives of French companies who have invested in the United States to attend this reception. French Embassy, 2221 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled “American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters.” Witnesses include Ms. Dina Esposito, Director of the Office of Food for Peace, United States Agency for International Development, Mr. David Ray, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, CARE USA, Dr. Vincent Smith, Professor of Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, and Dr. Stephanie Mercier, Senior Policy Advisor, Farm Journal Foundation. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Contact: Sean Coit at 202-224-0351.

    Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. — The Senator will be recognized by Delaware’s delegation of the Biotechnology Industry Organization as Legislator of the Year. BIO is the largest trade organization representing the biotechnology industry in the United States and around the world. Russell Senate Office Building, Room 119, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. — The Senator will attend the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Each year, approximately 2,000 fire and emergency officials participate in the CFSI's National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars Program. Washington Hilton, International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: National Fire and Emergency Services’ Sean Carroll at 202-371-1277.

    Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Delaware Humane Society’s Patron Party. The Senator is an honorary co-chair of this event for the Delaware Humane Association, a non-profit no-kill animal care and adoption center serving Delaware since 1957. Closed to press. 

  • Manufacturing Update for March 2015

    Manufacturing Jobs for America monthly manufacturing update



    President Obama launches competition for new textiles-focused manufacturing innovation institute; new White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative; and funding to support small manufacturers
    On March 18th in Cleveland Ohio, the President announced nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in twelve states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation’s supply chains.
    More: White House Press Release

    Sens. Coons, Graham, Gillibrand, Ayotte and Baldwin introduce bipartisan bill to designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’
    U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), who leads the Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs and meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers. The incentives would be used to bolster universities’ efforts to focus on manufacturing engineering and curricula specifically related to targeted industries.
    More:  Coons Release

    Merkley, Franken introduce legislation to promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
    Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced legislation designed to increase student access to courses in STEM education subjects and provide additional resources to recruit, train, and support teachers of these subjects. Merkley and Franken will seek to include the bill in the Senate’s re-write of the No Child Left Behind Act this year. The bill is endorsed by the STEM Education Coalition, an alliance of more than 500 businesses and professional and education organizations.
    More: Merkley Release 

    Klobuchar, Hoeven reintroduce bipartisan legislation to help fuel innovation, boost America’s competitiveness
    Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would help fuel innovation and boost America’s competitiveness in the global economy. The Innovate America Act would help cut red tape, expand successful education programs, promote U.S. exports in new markets, and help America retain its competitive edge.
    More: Klobuchar Release

    Shaheen introduces legislation to reauthorize Export-Import Bank
    U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation to expand and improve the Export-Import Bank to help small businesses sell their products overseas. The Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act of 2015 would provide long term certainty for small businesses by extending the Export-Import Bank through 2022, continuing the bank’s ability to provide businesses with tools they need to compete in the global marketplace and create American jobs. The Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act of 2015 is co-sponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). 
    More:  Shaheen Release



    Announcement of new MEP Director
    Carroll A. Thomas has been selected to serve as the next MEP Director after a full and open competition and a rigorous review process. Her selection is pending Department of Commerce approval.
    More: NIST Release 

    Sen. Brown announces nearly $450,000 to spur economic development and manufacturing innovation in Lima
    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $449,950 to the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center in Lima for a Center for High Strain Rate Forming Commercialization. The Center will bring together several manufacturers to spur innovation and commercialization through collaboration and co-investment. In October 2014, Brown wrote to the U.S. Department of Commerce, urging the department to give the Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center’s proposal full and fair consideration.
    More: Brown Release

    MADE in MD: Cardin visits AstraZeneca’s Biologics Manufacturing Center, site of more than $200 million investment
    U.S. Senator Ben Cardin toured the AstraZeneca biologics manufacturing center in Frederick as part of his ongoing “Made in Maryland” jobs tour that highlights the diversity of Maryland products and the Marylanders who make them.
    More: Cardin Release

    Brookings Center for Technology Innovation releases new paper - Innovation and manufacturing labor: a value-chain perspective
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  • Sen. Coons to bring top companies directly to job-seekers training for IT skills

    WILMINGTON, Del. - On Tuesday, Senator Coons visited the ITWorks learning lab in Wilmington, bringing with him top management staff from Barclays, CapitalOne, and JPMorganChase to connect directly with jobseekers. Those three companies combined have more than 1000 local entry-level IT job positions available at this time.

    ITWorks is an award-winning, 16-week immersive IT training program, free of charge to motivated young adults who have not completed college. Throughout the course of the program, students can earn up to two professional IT certifications and are given real-world experience during a five-week internship.

    Through ITWorks, young people become job-ready for a technologically sophisticated workplace by teaching them PC configuration and networking skills, troubleshooting, customer service and communication skills, all while acquiring an understanding of a professional work environment. ITWorks provides these students with an experience that will help improve their income potential for life—and 75% of ITWorks graduates move into full-time employment in the IT sector within 7 months of graduation.

    “Keep up the good work, keep plying your craft,” said Sen. Coons, addressing the ITWorks students assembled Monday. “The skills you have learned here and continue to learn here will benefit you in the future and will help you become a successful individual.”

    On Monday, students at ITWorks were able to meet with representatives from some of those companies and apply some of the professionalism and career skills also taught in the program. Delaware, a state home to many banking companies with positions in IT that constantly need to be filled, benefits greatly from nonprofit programs like ITWorks.

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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for March 30-April 5

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m. — The Senator will tour the Delaware Historical Society and view their recent renovations. The Delaware Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community.  505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 – Event is closed to press.

    Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. – The Senator will tour the Center for Composite Materials lab at the University of Delaware. UD-CCM has been internationally recognized as a center of excellence for interdisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer in the areas of materials and synthesis, multifunctional materials, processing science, mechanics and design, sensing and control, and software. 101 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716. Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. The Senator will visit ITWorks joined with members of Delaware’s finance community. Sen. Coons will bring members of the banking community, including representatives from Barclays, CapitalOne and JPMorgan Chase, who have about 1,000 IT jobs to fill locally. ITWorks is a free 16-week technology training program for unemployed and underemployed urban young adults, ages 18 to 26, which prepares them for an entry-level IT job and provides them with a pathway to a career in technology. 625 North Orange Street.  Event is open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend the delegation grants fair hosted by Sens. Carper, Coons and Rep. Carney at Delaware State University’s Dover campus. The free event is designed to help Delawareans better understand the process of finding and securing grant opportunities. The fair is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MLK Student Center at the Delaware State University MLK Building, Dover, DE 19901. Event is open to press. Contact: Drew Slater at Congressman Carney’s office at 302-854-0667.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. – The Senator will meet with Dean Nancy Targett at the University of Delaware’s Lewes Campus to gain a better understanding of the school’s recent research with underwater drones. Currently, Dean Targett leads the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Effective July 1st, Dean Targett will serve as interim president of the University of Delaware following current president Patrick Harker’s departure from the university. Smith Lab, 700 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, Sussex, Delaware 19958.

    Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. — The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the monthly meeting of the Sussex County Association of Towns. SCAT consists of individuals from town leadership, the legislature, city engineers, representatives from government agencies as well as private industry representatives from various towns in Sussex County who represent the interests of each town. Bridgeville Fire Hall, 311 Market Street, Bridgeville, DE. Open to press. Contact:  Robin Griffith (302) 855-7743 or rgriffith@sussexcountyde.gov.

    Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m. The Senator will visit with Citibank’s leadership and employees. Citibank currently employees more than 1,000 people in their Delaware offices. 1000 North West Street, Wilmington, DE 19802. Event is closed to press.

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