Manufacturing Day 2016

Manufacturing Day 2016
On October 7, 2016

Manufacturing USA – the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, was first created by President Barack Obama in 2014 as a national network of manufacturing institutes nurturing early-stage research into proven capabilities. These public-private partnerships bring stakeholders together across industry, academia, and government to facilitate and promote innovation and commercialization in U.S. manufacturing.

Through Manufacturing USA, industry, academia, and government partners are leveraging existing resources, collaborating, and co-investing to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization. Each institute is designed to be a public-private membership organization that provides vision, leadership, and resources to its members.

Manufacturing USA connects people, ideas, and technology to solve industry-relevant advanced manufacturing challenges. Its goals are to enhance industrial competitiveness, increase economic growth, and strengthen U.S. national security. Reaching across industries, Manufacturing USA brings members of the manufacturing community together to overcome technical hurdles and to enable innovative new products. It seeks to restore American preeminence in manufacturing by addressing shared manufacturing technology and workforce challenges.

Manufacturing USA institutes focus on moving promising, early-stage research into proven capabilities ready for adoption by U.S. manufacturers. Their diverse membership includes small, mid-sized, and large manufacturers, as well as researchers from universities and government laboratories. The institutes provide members with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, as well as workforce training and skills development customized to support new technology areas. Collaboration at institutes, and now through the network, creates an innovation community ushering in the next generation manufacturing supply chains located in America and employing Americans.

Read more about Manufacturing USA.

2016 SelectUSA Taiwan Road Show

September 28-30, 2016
Taipei, Hsinchu, & Taichung, Taiwan

This is a unique opportunity for U.S. economic development organizations to meet with representatives from Taiwan’s IT, semiconductor, and renewable energy industries, and promote their locations to Taiwan companies.

Taiwan is the United States’ ninth-largest trading partner and the Road Show is designed to maximize this relationship. In fact, the first day of the show coincides with U.S. Business Day in Taipei, an event organized by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and focused on promoting bilateral trade and facilitating investment in the United States.

For more information, please contact
John McKiel ( in Washington, D.C.
or Jackie Hong ( Taipei.

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

Oct 24 – 27, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UN Global Compact invites you to Dubai for a series of events as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, where we will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

Oct 24-25, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 24-25, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 25, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah | United Arab Emirates

Oct 26, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 27,2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

AICC UN Global Compact Office:

U.S. Forest Service and Coca-Cola Announce the Restoration of One Billion Liters of Water

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Coca-Cola North America President Sandy Douglas today announced that their partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national forests achieved a milestone of one billion liters of water restored, and that the partnership will commit to double that outcome through 2018. The 13 restoration areas are located on national forest land, which provides drinking water to more than 60 million Americans, and they ensure future generations will have access to fresh water.

“This milestone that Coca-Cola, USDA and our partners have reached is just the latest example of how partnerships between the public and private sectors can reach more people, harness more innovation, and do more good than either government or businesses can achieve alone,” said Vilsack. “America’s 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands supply the drinking water for 60 million Americans, support approximately 200,000 full and part time jobs and contribute over $13 billion to local communities each year. This partnership is based on shared goals of ensuring healthy watersheds and public engagement that serves those local communities, and will continue to deliver on that commitment for years to come.”

“A thriving watershed is critical to every community we serve and to our business,” said Douglas. “Coca-Cola is on a journey and plans to continue to replenish 100 percent of the water we use in our beverages and their production and return it to nature and communities. We could not accomplish the milestone we celebrate today without the expertise, guidance and resources of the USDA, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation and many other organizations and community partners. In the coming years, we will continue to work together to build scale and expand these projects and partnerships.”

This public-private partnership includes community organizations and taps their collective expertise to address increasing stress on water resources during challenging budget times. Dozens of local communities and hundreds of volunteers and youth worked together on water resource management education and stewardship activities.

The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico is an example of the public-private partnerships approach. Local partners worked together to help restore an alpine meadow and enhanced a natural wetland habitat. By slowing the flow of Placer Creek, a tributary of the Rio Grande, the local team helped to restore a biodiverse meadow habitat and replenish the groundwater that contributes to the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s water supply. The meadow restoration project is expected to replenish approximately 49 million liters of water per year.

To date, Coca-Cola has contributed more than $2 million to the National Forest Foundation (NFF), a Congressionally chartered foundation, to support USDA Forest Service water restoration projects. NFF has also contributed funding, expertise and overall project management, including the meadow restoration on the Carson National Forest.

“One of the primary purposes of the 1897 Act that established our National Forests, was to ensure the long-term supply of water for our country” Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said. “More than 100 years later, the stewardship of these public lands for forest and watershed health continues to be essential in ensuring an adequate water supply and providing high-quality water for needs across the United States.”

Project listing by National Forest (some forests have multiple projects on site)

  • Angeles National Forest, California: The Angeles National Forest provides critical resources for the approximately 13 million people who live within an hour’s drive of the forest. In 2009, the Station Fire damaged 252 square miles of forest, which allowed numerous invasive weed species to colonize upland in riparian ecosystems affected by the fire. In response to the fire’s devastation and associated ecological changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service staff partnered with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and local communities to develop a 5-year restoration plan for Big Tujunga Canyon, ultimately expanding this work to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
  • Carson National Forest, New Mexico: Historic and current recreational mining were threatening wetlands, a rare and critical resource in arid New Mexico. In addition, eroding gullies were adding sediment to area waterways. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service partnered with the National Forest Foundation, Coca-Cola, others to design a restoration strategy to prevent further loss of wetland, while also improving water quality in Placer Creek and Comanche Creek. The partnership also focused on enhancing important habitat for native flora and fauna.
  • Eldorado National Forest, California: The Mokelumne River supplies drinking water to 1.3 million people in the East San Francisco Bay and is vulnerable to upstream environmental damage. Ecological restoration projects like the one completed by the Indian Valley partnership improve the function of forest and wetland ecosystems, providing for the species that rely on them. More resilient ecosystems benefit downstream communities—like those in the East San Francisco Bay—by helping provide a consistent and clean supply of water.
  • Huron-Manistee National Forests, Michigan: Since 2008, the Huron-Manistee National Forests and the Oceana County Road Commission have been working to replace deficient road stream crossings in the White River watershed, including along Osborne and Brayton Creeks. Undersized road-stream crossings prevent aquatic organism passage and contribute to frequent flood events that were causing severe erosion and deteriorating the upstream valley. Replacing culverts with bridges helped resolve both environmental impacts.
  • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois: The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was established in 1996 on the U.S. Army’s former Joliet Arsenal. Portions of the prairie—including the South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain—were heavily degraded by previous management actions. Partners focused their efforts on this particular portion of the landscape, replanting native grasses, treating invasive weeds, and removing agricultural drain tile. This prairie restoration improves the capacity to retain water, contributes to the formation of wetlands, and connects this area to Prairie Creek.
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington: The Methow River basin provides spawning areas for Spring Chinook salmon, as well as spawning steelhead, cutthroat trout, and bull trout. By reestablishing active beaver colonies to area streams, the partnership helped reestablish key watershed processes that support these fish species. Beaver colonies reintegrate dams into the area surface water, establishing wetlands, expanding habitat, and increasing the regularity of flows. In addition, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and its partners gain a better understanding of the ecological effects of climate change, this project demonstrates an adaptive practice that offsets snowpack loss by storing water in beaver wetlands.
  • Pike-San Isabel National Forests, Colorado: Burning nearly 140,000 acres, the 2002 Hayman Fire has had significant impacts on the municipal drinking water source area for the city of Denver, CO. The Pike-San Isabel National Forest worked with the National Forest Foundation, Coca-Cola, and other partners to address post-fire restoration needs through NFF’s Treasured Landscapes campaign, a multimillion dollar public-private partnership.

For more information and a full list and description of these individual restoration projects, visit the Forest Service partnership

Better Business Through Better Records – Webinar

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Topics include:

  • The purpose of recordkeeping, such as an audit or loan application!
  • Recordkeeping systems
  • Documents and reporting of gross receipts, purchases, and expenses; travel, transportation, and gift expenses; assets, employment taxes,
  • Electronic Records

Presenters and Q & A Participants:
Neki Cox, IRS, Stakeholder Liaison
Christopher Lorenzana, SBA Lead Economic Development Specialist
Neki Cox, IRS, Stakeholder Liaison

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Small Business Administration

Sponsored by the City of Tustin and the Tustin Chamber of Commerce

Mayor Garcetti’s Launch of the City’s Export Program

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:30am – 12:pm
Galen Center – Founders’ Club
3400 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Taking L.A. to the World:
Growing Your Business Through Exports

Mayor Garcetti will deliver keynote remarks to launch his new export program:
Taking L.A. to the World
Business Leaders Roundtable & Panel Discussions:

  • How We Found Success – And You Can, Too
  • How Exporting will Improve Your Bottom Line
  • How to Develop Your Export Pricing & Finance Strategies
  • How to Ship your Product and Goods

Manufacturers and exporters seeking to grow their global market strategies

US donates $37 million to UNHCR to support education gaps forrefugees

The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of nearly $37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries.

On September 20, 2016, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Mexican President Peña Nieto, German Chancellor Merkel, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, Swedish Prime Minister Löfven, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will join President Obama in hosting the President’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

This Summit will bring together government leaders who are prepared to make new and significant pledges that address the most urgent needs of refugees. As part of the Summit, the United States and co-hosts aim to increase refugee self-reliance by encouraging major refugee-hosting member states to focus on new policies that will facilitate refugee access to education and increase the number of refugee children enrolled in school by one million. In order to reach that goal, additional resources are needed to close significant funding gaps of leading humanitarian organizations.

This funding will both further the United States’ financial contributions to refugee education and support the implementation of the commitments made for the Summit by refugee-hosting countries through the provision of additional resources to UNHCR to increase the number of children accessing quality education.

UNHCR is the largest provider of education for refugees globally, but remains underfunded. The UNHCR fundraising document “Education for Refugees: Priority activities and requirements supporting enrollment and retention in 2016” highlights unfunded or underfunded education activities for schools and students at all levels of education.

The document appeals for nearly $60 million to support refugee education in sixteen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – which collectively host 2.1 million refugee children of school-age (5-17 years), an estimated 57 percent of whom are out of school. With full funding, UNHCR could support tens of thousands of refugee children to enroll in school during the upcoming academic year. The United States government strongly encourages other donors to close the remaining $23 million funding shortfall.