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Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal), a new partnership between the USC Price School of Public Policy's Center for Economic Development and City of Los Angeles, resulted in Los Angeles receiving federal designation as a "Manufacturing Community, giving the region preferencial access to $1.3 billion in government funding for local aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the designation on May 28. 2014.

Southern California was one of only 12 regions designated as “Manufacturing Communities,” selected from among 70 communities nationwide based on the strength of their economic plans, the potential for impact in their communities and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sectors.

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September 28 – October 1, 2014
El Dorado Hotel & Spa
Santa Fe, New Mexico

University Roles in Regional Public-Private Partnerships

There is a trend in industry sector cluster initiatives involving public-private partnerships with an emphasis on technologies, innovation, and economic development. These partnerships can include new levels of cooperation and collaboration between universities, industry, entrepreneurial networks, economic development agencies and others. Federal agencies and programs are seeking regional partnerships to leverage their funding resources and to stimulate public-private regional partnerships. One example has been the recent federally designated Manufacturing Community in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura Counties, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Southern California (AMP SoCal). AMP SoCal unites a broad-based consortium of 86 dedicated organizations that have come together to transform the Aerospace and Defense (“A&D”) industry with a focus on advanced manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing to model-based engineering and design. Simultaneous to the successful launch of the AMP SoCal has been a collaboration between five California State Universities in Los Angeles County to work together as members of this regional partnership and for other initiatives. How these partnerships were formed, their goals, and how they are being nurtured in their fledgling state will be discussed.

  • Dr. Marie Talnack, Director Technology Transfer Office & Industry Clinic, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (moderator)

New Icon   Factory output in California surging despite job losses

Picture of Factory Worker

Factory employment has fallen nearly 34% in the last 15 years. Above, Manuel Espinoza works on guitar bodies last year at the Fender plant in Corona. (Matt York / Associated Press) 

By TIFFANY HSU  July 15th, 2014 Reprint from LA Times

California manufacturers really can do more with less.

The output of state factories has surged 73% during the last 15 years — twice as fast as the rest of the nation — even as the sector bleeds jobs, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Employment declined nearly 34% during the same period.

The surge in production owes itself to innovations in machinery and materials, digitization and computing power, along with a strong network of industry clusters.

Manufacturing is inextricably linked to our country's ability to innovate, and therefore linked to our future economic growth potential. - Jason Miller, special assistant to President Obama for manufacturing policy.

Under pressure from automation, offshoring and aggressive cost-cutting, the state's manufacturing workforce shriveled to 1.2 million in 2012 from 2.1 million jobs in 1990 — a faster rate of decline than the nation as a whole.

The difference exceeds the total number of current manufacturing positions in all of Southern California.

"The composition of manufacturing is going to change and has been changing," LAEDC economist Christine Cooper said. "It's becoming more advanced and technologically intensive. And it's more lean."

Key California industries such as aerospace, biomedicine and fashion benefit from having entire supply chains in the same region or even within a few square blocks, encouraging innovation and boosting efficiency, according to the report.

Nationwide, manufacturing accounts for three-quarters of private sector research and development and the majority of patents issued, Jason Miller, special assistant to President Obama for manufacturing policy, said in a Brookings Institution presentation last week.

In 2013, manufacturing entrepreneurship grew at its fastest pace in 20 years, Miller said. That's due in part to new technological advances, such as 3-D printers and digital production, which lower the cost of manufacturing and reduce the time required to make prototypes and commercialize new items.

"Manufacturing is inextricably linked to our country's ability to innovate, and therefore linked to our future economic growth potential," Miller said. "We like to say manufacturing punches above its weight."

As of 2012, the largest group of California manufacturing jobs were those producing semiconductors and other electronic components. The cluster, largely in Northern California, accounts for more than 7% of the state's manufacturing jobs, according to the LAEDC report.

Southern California hosts the second-largest category of workers, which makes navigational and control instruments for aerospace companies, according to the LAEDC report. That sector claims a 6.6% share of state manufacturing employment.

Overall, the lower half of the state accounts for two-thirds of total manufacturing employment in the state, with more than 814,000 workers.

In May, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that Southern California would be one of the first dozen U.S. regions to receive federal support to lure more manufacturers. The program will try to increase local manufacturing capacity by luring private investment and boosting exports.

Participants will have access to experts in 11 federal agencies and $1.3 billion in funding.

Los Angeles County had more than 365,500 manufacturing jobs in 2012, making up 9.2% of total countywide employment and nearly 30% of all manufacturing jobs across the state. As a producer, the region is most competitive in the fashion and aerospace industries.

But as California's economy diversifies, manufacturing is becoming a less dominant part of the state's economic identity.

Manufacturing now accounts for 10.7% of the total value of all goods and services produced in the state, compared with 11.6% in 1990.

The sector suffered more intensely during the recession and recovered more slowly than many other sectors of the state economy. Employment in other California industries soared 22.5% since 1990 as the measure sank for manufacturers.

Most of the manual labor that was used to create high-volume, low-margin products has shifted abroad, said Jim Watson, president of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. The nonprofit consulting firm in Torrance commissioned the LAEDC research.

"As technology begins to increase productivity and innovation begins to take hold, you'll begin to see some manufacturing growth, which will lead to some jobs," he said. "But I don't believe that many of the jobs that have been lost are going to come back, and if they do, they won't be the same kinds of jobs."


New IconChanging the academic culture:  Valuing patents and commercialization toward tenure and career advancement (PDF)                    

New Icon Corporate-Funded Academic Inventions Spur Increased Innovation  For article click here. (DOC)

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New Icon Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Small Business grants require a small business as a partner.  With the SBIR program the proposal is submitted by the small business with a subaward or contract to the University.  In the STTR program the Principle Investigator can be either with the University or with the small business. STTR’s are for University developed research to be commercialized with the small business as a partner to develop a commercial version.

Department of Defense and Homeland Security: SBIR proposals due January 22nd , STTR due April 9th,

NASA due January 29th

National Institute for Disabilities and Rehabilitation: due February 14th

Department of Transportation: due April 4th

Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health: due first week of April, 2014

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Office to Help Patent, License Research

May 28, 2013

Marie Talnack

This office has been tasked with encouraging, developing, protecting and commercializing technological advances and other intellectual property at Cal Poly Pomona.

The Technology Transfer/Industry Clinic Office will develop patents and licensing agreements, as well as help train students in solving real-life problems encountered by business and industry partners.

Director:  Marie Talnack (Georgina M. Talnack)
Building 1, Room 222
909 869-3771