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November 9-13, 2014
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Foreign Direct Investment Expo 2015

In Partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce

ASA Preliminary Thoughts on an Aerospace FDI Exposition

Why: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a way to expand aviation and space related manufacturing and operations in your state resulting in economic growth, high paying jobs, increased tax revenue, and workforce education/training opportunities.

How: ASA will collaborate with the Department of Commerce (DOC) to establish an aviation and aerospace FDI Exposition. DOC will support the Expo through American embassies around the world and on-line to identify and invite investors from foreign industry, investment firms, and banks. Interested investors will be identified in advance of the Expo so that matches can be made with state investment needs and desires. ASA will identify a state to host the Expo, hire a professional event management, and provide each state and its municipalities and companies the opportunity to connect with foreign investors.

What: The Expo will be designed to “facilitate business.” This FDI event will not be a conference, but a business event akin to a trade show. Primary attendees will be States (and their economic development organizations), firms seeking foreign investment, and foreign investors. Other attendees include service providers (consultants, legal firms, etc.). We are proposing a day and a half event with a short welcoming opening session by the Secretary of Commerce and ASA then opening the floor to begin the networking. We will facilitate meetings with investors, either prearranged appointments or from sig-up sheets at the Expo. DOC has offered to run educational panels on FDI regulations and procedures the day prior to the Expo and in parallel sessions during the Expo for investors not familiar with US requirements. A networking reception will be held at the end of the first day. Plenty of time will be available for US participants to interact with potential investors. Depending on the location of the event, an opportunity to tour local aerospace facilities, education/training campuses or points of interest will be provided.

When: We anticipate the expo will be held in the fall of 2015. Key milestones:

July 31, 2014                        Establish interest from States and Foreign Investors

August 20, 2014            Decided to go forward with planning the Expo based on positive state and foreign interest. Prepare letter to states interested in hosting the Expo asking for their offer of support.

October 1, 2014            Deadline for submission by states to host the Expo.

October 15, 2014            Announce host state and begin detailed Expo and sponsorship actions.

January 15, 2015            Formally announce Expo, initial sponsors, and Expo website.

June 2015                        Exchange contact information between investors and states

October 27-28, 2015            Hold the Expo

October 29-30            Investors travel to states for more detailed discussions.

Funding: The Expo will be funded through space rental, admissions and sponsorship

Who: General (RET) Bob Mansfield will lead the effort for ASA supported by a task force of ASA members and the host state. (robert.mansfield@erau.edu or 734-274-1948)

Monthly ASA Telecon

For Lt. Governors, Delegates, Associate Members, and guests every third Thursday at 4:00 Eastern Time.

State Chapter Formation

MISSION: To educate, coordinate, facilitate, and advance the aerospace community within each state through policy development, educational discussions, and focused events, involving state elected and other government officials.

GOAL: Establish active state Chapters in all 50 states and 5 territories within 5 years. The chapter’s primary goal will be to host at least one aerospace educational event each year for their state legislature. Over time, each Chapter is to become a key resource for state policy makers. The Chapter is to become the repository of information for the state’s aerospace community and connection to ASA.

Contact Ross Garelick Bell at GarelickBell@aerostates.org

Implementing STEM Real World Design Challenge 2014

  • The Real World Design Challenge is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.  The partners are focused on working within the context of the American educational system to transform STEM education in the United States by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources to students and teachers.
  • For additional information contact:  Dr. Ralph K. Coppola, Real World Design Challenge Director: phone: 703-298-6630, email: rcoppola@ptc.com, or go to the RWDC website to register a team and learn more www.realworlddesignchallenge.org.

Ongoing meetings of State Aerospace Organization Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to help bring state based aerospace and aviation organizations under the ASA banner to help grow aerospace and aviation in our states.  Committee goals include:

  • helping state aerospace and aviation organizations collaborate and share information to grow the aerospace and aviation enterprises in their states
  • developing a database of state aerospace and aviation organizations
  • sharing best practices, lessons learned, business models, charters, organizational models

Ongoing meetings of Aerospace Manufacturing Committee.

The goal of this committee is to improve the global competitiveness of U.S. small to medium-size aerospace manufacturers in such a way that will benefit local, state, regional and national economic interest

ASA Scholarship Applications Due – April 30, 2015