Welcome to the IMA Executive News & Views Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Executive News & Views Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Tuesday
Jun232015

DMDII and World Business Chicago 1,000 jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing: You are invited to a panel discussion of technologies driving factories of the future on July 23, 2015

The future of advanced manufacturing depends on a highly-skilled workforce: Innovative solutions for a demand-driven system.

Please join the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and the World Business Chicago (WBC) 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing campaign for a panel discussion on the intersection of advanced — specifically, digital — manufacturing and workforce development, and a firsthand look at the technologies driving factories of the future.

WHEN: July 23, 2015, 3:00-6:30 pm

WHERE: Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, 1333 N. Hickory Avenue, Chicago Illinois.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Plante Moran: Become a Future-Proof Manufacturer

From industry megatrends to international strategy to cultivating talent, discover strategies to help your business endure. Read Plante Moran’s report (PDF).

Source: Plante Moran

Tuesday
Jun232015

Manufacturers and Businesses: Listen to Our Mayors on Ozone

Associations Send Letter to President Urging Balance for Ozone Regulation

by Mallory Micetich — June 19, 2015

The National Association of Manufacturers, along with 99 associations and business groups representing businesses, employees and manufacturers from nearly every industry and every state across the country, sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to retain the current standard for ground-level ozone.

As mayors across the United States gather to hear from President Obama on key issues facing their cities and towns, our nation’s businesses and manufacturers need balance. The proposed stricter ozone regulation, likely to be the most expensive ever, is not the answer.

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Manufacturing Council and White House Steering Committee visit Chicago manufacturers

On Thursday, May 28, IMEC had the privilege of joining the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council’s Sub-Committee on Innovation and Research and Development, White House Advanced Manufacturing Partnership officials, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and local manufacturers for a round table discussion. The discussion was held at the UI LABS: Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute building in Chicago and was centered on the state of innovation in the American supply chain ecosystem, and effective strategies to help small manufacturers identify opportunities for innovation, invest in innovation and upgrade capabilities.

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Administration increases transparency for consumers shopping for health insurance coverage

Final rules are designed to improve consumers’ access to important plan information

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury recently issued final regulations to make it easier for people and employers to compare their options when shopping for and renewing health insurance coverage. These rules also implement streamlined processes to help health insurance issuers and group health plans provide consumers easy to understand information. 

“The Administration is committed to improving the information consumers receive when shopping for health care coverage so they can make informed choices for themselves and their families,” said Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt.  “These clarifications will also make it easier for issuers and group health plans to provide the most accurate health coverage information to consumers.”

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Thursday
Jun112015

Illinois — The State of Innovation

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of Illinois — The State of Innovation or click here for the digital edition.

Our economic development magazine is a powerful tool for business attraction on a global level, as well as for investors and site selectors as they consider their investment opportunities.

This issue highlights our state’s regional initiatives, tech hubs and startups, strengths in biotech and agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and sustainability, our integrated transportation network and workforce preparation.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

State Announces Business Resource Event Coming to Aurora 

The administration of Governor Bruce Rauner announced it will host a resource and networking event in Aurora geared toward promoting the economic growth of small and diverse businesses at the Aurora Campus of Waubonsee Community College on Friday, June 5, 2015. The goal is to increase the number of state certified vendors by providing small and diverse entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources used to participate in the state’s procurement and contracting processes.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Illinois -- The State of Innovation

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of Illinois — The State of Innovation. Or click here for the digital edition. Our economic development magazine is a powerful tool for business attraction on a global level, as well as for investors and site selectors as they consider their investment opportunities.

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Wednesday
May272015

Manufacturers: We Don’t Want to Be on the Sidelines Anymore

Trade Promotion Authority Is Critical to Our Success in the Global Economy

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the Senate approved bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation:

“Today’s Senate vote was an important step forward, and now manufacturers call on the House to immediately pass TPA so we can restore U.S. leadership on trade around the globe. We need to put America back at the negotiating table. This has gone on for far too long, and Congress has kept manufacturers on the sidelines of market-opening and job-creating trade agreements that we desperately need to be competitive in a global economy.”

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Wednesday
May272015

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

The Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council recently released for public viewing the proposed regulation that would implement the President’s Executive Order 13673, the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order.” You can find copies of the proposed FAR regulation here and the DoL guidance here.

The proposed regulations provide 60 days for public comment. The NAM, and possibly others, will be requesting an extension of time to file comments.

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