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SPACE

WEEKLY

JUNE 28, 2021 

BEING PICKED LAST

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team SPACE,

 

This week a bipartisan group of Senators and the President agreed in principle to an infrastructure investment bill that will spend nearly $1.2 trillion over the next eight years. The deal was touch and go for several weeks here - with the main sticking point being how much new money was spent. Ultimately the agreement includes nearly $600 billion in new spending on everything from bridges to broadband, which is objectively great news. The less than good part: space is not included. At all. We knew this was coming. I said as much to Bryan Bender from Politico two weeks ago, so this week’s announcement was disappointing but expected.

 

Now we face a choice:

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We can throw up our hands in exasperation and claim we are being left out of this game of infrastructure dodgeball.

Or we can take the libertarian path and claim that the government doesn't and shouldn't have a role in space, in essence saying the game isn't even worth playing.

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Or, we can show that there is a way to create long-term investments in space infrastructure without new federal appropriations a la the SPACE Corporation Act

There is no need to give up - because after all - does it really matter if you were chosen first or last so long as you win?

CONGRESS HANDED US A NEW TALKING POINT

Longtime readers know where I land on this - and know that we will be picking up our ball and playing to f'ing WIN. Whether it is showing that space can create jobs at a 2:1 ratio of other infrastructure investments - or showing how our competitors are passing us - we have a wealth of data on our side. And we were just given a perfect talking point:

Congress left out the 21st century's highest potential infrastructure sector when it crafted its infrastructure bill. 

We have the only solution in D.C. that will fund long-term space infrastructure development without any federal appropriations.

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Ok, that is probably it for Dodgeball GIFs - probably....we will see… but for now - on to the rest of this weekend update.

 

 

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE SPACE CORPORATION BY STATE

We finished up the first version of our SPACE Corporation economic analysis at the state level. Here is an early sampling of states: AlabamaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoFloridaOhioTexasVirginia, and Washington

 

We began our initial portfolio analysis of the SPACE Corporation based on the bill as written and an analysis of comparable organizations with loan guarantee/bond issuance programs.

 

Highlights:

  • $200B+ in loan guarantees

  • $30B+ in revolving long term investment

 

 

WATCH ME GET EXAMINED THIS TUESDAY

Join us Tuesday as I present the SPACE Corporation to a panel of financiers and economists as part of Beyond Earth Institute's new webinar/analysis series.

 

Session Evaluators:

  • Jeff Matthews, Deloitte 

  • Hoyt Davidson, Near Earth LLC

  • Meagan Crawford, Space Fund

  • Sidney Nakahoda, Seldor Capital

  • Gary Calnan, Cislunar Industries

 

Tuesday, June 29 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

ACCESS THE EVENT VIA ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/92621149772

 

 

FOUR NEW PARTNERSHIPS

This week we either finalized or agreed in principle to four new partnerships, including one with AIAA for the ASCEND series and two with StellarModal Transportation Institute and SpaceFund Intelligence to coordinate on content creation; and finally, one with the Institute for Space Commerce to write and publishpapers/monographs on space finance.

 

 

HOW CAN F4F MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT YOU?

Thank you to our growing community of members! Become a member in June, and you too can join the exclusive club with the following perks.

  • MEMBER ONLY e-newsletters

  • INVITATIONS to special events

  • YOUR NAME SENT TO SPACE on an upcoming mission

  • A SOCIAL MEDIA DONOR BADGE

  • ACCESS to space and financial industry leaders, federal, state, and local lawmakers, investors, and influencers.

  • A BROAD NETWORK of like-minded and supportive groups of organizations and professionals.

  • EARLY INFLUENCE in shaping the messaging and policies that Congress and state governments consider.

  • AN AMPLIFIED VOICE through partnering on publications or speaking at one of our upcoming events.

  • INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE 10% of your membership dollars go toward supporting our Space Scholarship Fund recipients.

 

Join us as a member to help build a future in space now.

UFO INTERVIEWS, CALLS WITH BRIDGEWATER ASSOCIATES, etc.

 

Somehow I managed to stay true to my promise not to add in anymore Dodgeball GIFs - so let’s count that as a win and call it quits.

 

Until next week or I see you out there.

-T

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TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim Chrisman is a former Army intelligence advisor, security officer, and most recently, a CIA officer supporting the national space council and the Joint Staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds two master's degrees - one in Intelligence Studies, and one in International Relations and Affairs from American University. Tim is the author of the book Humanity in Space and of various articles about the expanse of our civilization in space.

Tim’s next challenge and mission is to create the backbone of America's next century in space. In 2020, Tim co-founded Foundation For The Future, a scientific education and public works advocacy foundation, dedicated to one goal: the creation of a space infrastructure administration. This will be a public-private partnership to create jobs in the new space economy, new opportunities for innovators, and ultimately space access for all.

JUNE 21, 2021 

A FATHER'S DAY DILEMMA

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team SPACE,

I hope you all enjoyed Father’s Day, and you did not just realize it passed and are now frantically thinking up an excuse for why you didn't get him something. This week my sister and I were thinking about what to gift our dad, and she mentioned we could just give him some of the hot sauce (he loves new kinds) from his pantry because if they were unopened, that meant he hadn't tried them and probably didn't remember he had them. So in effect, we could re-gift him what we gave him last year. No, I did not do that, but it was tempting because I mean, I didn't want the hot sauce to go to waste or anything.

 

CONGRESS IS TAKING NOTE OF THE TANGLED WEB OF SPACE ORGANIZATIONS - AND IS BEGINNING TO MOVE

This week Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said he intends to introduce legislation to modify the FAA's oversight of commercial space, to remove conflicts of interest. “It’s time to end the FAA’s dual mandate,” he said at an aviation subcommittee hearing. “NASA can promote commercial space. The Commerce Department, you know, can promote it. The private sector can promote it themselves. It is not up to the FAA to promote commercial space and regulate at the same time, in the interest of public health and safety.”

 

WHY IT MATTERS: This combined with the bill introduced by Reps Lieu (D-CA) and Calvert (R-CA) a week ago, are two signals that members across Congress are turning against the current model of governance in space. Namely, a model developed during the space race of the 60s and one that is sorely in need of updating. We are capitalizing on this as we continue to socialize our SPACE Corporation Act (SCA). We will leverage this appetite for change, merge it with concern about China's ambitions in space, and turn that into action through the passage of the SCA.

 

OTHER F4F OUTREACH:

  • We pressed the administration and Congress to include space in President Biden's list of 16 critical industrial sectors.

  • We pressed the Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to include language in the upcoming Defense Department FY2022 funding bill that would encourage K-12+ Space education. It would support both Space Force career development and expansion of existing workers training programs targeted to space in the future (markup of this bill is scheduled for the last week in June so we will know then if our text was accepted).

  • We continued to press Members and staff about why they had not bothered to include space in any version of infrastructure investment bills. This was also the subject of my interview in POLITICO this week. Because seriously….how can we discuss MASSIVE investments in future competitiveness with NO money allocated to space?

 

 

OUR WORKFORCE FOR THE FUTURE PROGRAM HAS AT LEAST TWO POTENTIAL PILOT CITIES

We had a call with the Brook Park City Council to discuss our Workforce for the Futureprogram and advocated that they work with us to pilot the program. We owe them some follow-up answers - and hope to finalize a plan in the next week or two.

We also had a call with a team lead from Housing and Urban Development's STEM education arm. He is working to develop a program that can serve inner cities to increase their employment possibilities. He is excited about our Workforce proposal and plans to circle back with us this week to discuss how we can combine our efforts as they look to run a trial of a broad initiative in Richmond, VA.

 

WHY IT MATTERS: Both of these potential pilots come with their challenges and opportunities, but holistically they give us a chance to experiment with various community and school sizes; while also working with multiple partners ranging from the Federal government to small-town leadership. Combined, these two will likely provide a wealth of information about what works and what doesn't as we roll out this system nationwide.

 

 

FORMER HISTORIAN OF THE 1960’s COMSAT CORPORATION SUPPORTING SPACE CORPORATION ACT RESEARCH

John Chwat, our Government Relations Director, began work on a project relating to the origins and success of the beginning of COMSAT Corporation,1962-1969, including archive records at universities and other materials for precedent purposes with the SPACE Corporation Act. He is working with a research team that includes the former historian of COMSAT.

 

 

THE “CONNECTIVE TISSUE BETWEEN WALL STREET, MAIN STREET AND THE SPACE ECONOMY”

We are continuing dialogue with companies who signed our open letter to Congress, and another six companies agreed to become corporate members.

 

A large part of this success is rooted in our specialization in finance. We have begun explaining that success for us as an organization is being the connective tissue between Wall and Main Streets and the space economy. Or, to put it a little less buzzwordy - we are focused on connecting financiers and the space community while simultaneously ensuring the companies they invest in have the right mix of workers to succeed.

 

 

HOW CAN F4F MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT YOU?

Thank you to our growing community of members! Become a member in June, and you too can join the exclusive club with the following perks.

  • MEMBER ONLY e-newsletters

  • INVITATIONS to special events

  • YOUR NAME SENT TO SPACE on an upcoming mission

  • A SOCIAL MEDIA DONOR BADGE

  • ACCESS to space and financial industry leaders, federal, state, and local lawmakers, investors, and influencers.

  • A BROAD NETWORK of like-minded and supportive groups of organizations and professionals.

  • EARLY INFLUENCE in shaping the messaging and policies that Congress and state governments consider.

  • AN AMPLIFIED VOICE through partnering on publications or speaking at one of our upcoming events.

  • INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE 10% of your membership dollars go toward supporting our Space Scholarship Fund recipients.

 

Join us as a member to help build a future in space now.

CATCH F4F IN THE MEDIA UNIVERSE

I already mentioned my POLITICO interview with Bryan Bender - but I should add here that this interview was the first time one of our press releases was leveraged into an interview by a major news outlet. So that's pretty cool.

 

My Follow the Profit Podcast interview with David Grasso is live now. - David is a great interviewer, and being someone from Florida and married to a space enthusiast - he had the perfect combination of challenging and egging me on. Needless to say (yet I still just did) - I like that combo, and I think this was my most fun interview yet (and no, not just because it was the longest).

 

I participated in Astro Agency's SpaceBar on Thursday and had an absolutely awesome time. For those who haven't gone - this is a happy hour hosted in the UK and covers a wide range of topics about space. The key difference about their format is that they choose three moderators for panels - and then crowdsource (from the attendees) membership on each panel. It was a great way to get a conversation going and hear a perspective we don't often hear from this side of the 'pond'.

 

Laila and I will be presenting at Frank White’s Overview Roundtable this week. Our topic will be - Making Space Real - From Wall Street to Main Street. If you participate, catch us there!

 

Let’s see, did I leave anything out? Probably - but I assume if you made it this far, you are ready to move to the next email in your inbox - so let's just leave things here.

 

Until next week or I see you out there.

 

-T

JUNE 14, 2021 

LET'S TURN THIS UP

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team SPACE,

I have this thing where I like to be right - or rather, I don't like to be wrong. I hear it is a common sentiment. Typically, when I find out I am wrong, I pivot and keep moving forward. That changes when someone tells me I cannot do something that I KNOW to be right. At that point, I go from someone who is slightly above average in his desire to please people - to someone whose entire existence revolves around creating that which is supposedly impossible. Our goal is to make space real and accessible to anyone who dreams of reaching it. I dare you to tell us it cannot be done. Better yet, join us as a member and join the fight.

FEEDBACK MAKES PERFECT - CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVING THE SPACE CORPORATION ACT

We completed the 35th revision of the SPACE Corporation Act based on feedback from potential original sponsors and industry feedback.

 

The significant changes in this update were to the Board of Directors’ structure (mandating increased diversity in both representation and size) and mandating the government be one of the Corporation's customers.

  • The board structure now has size and diversity requirements built in. This "democratizes" the types of businesses that would make decisions for the Corporation so as to not have any monopoly of large or small on the Board.

  • The Corporation's key powers now include providing support for government contracting requirements by acting as an alternative financing tool for Federal agencies. This change also mandates that a portion of any such Federal contracting support include set-asides for small businesses so as to ensure a diverse ecosystem of space companies.

 

WHY THIS MATTERS: Over the past six months of lobbying and industry outreach we have consistently received thoughtful feedback on the Act. At each stage of this process we have capitalized on that feedback to improve the bill - and expand our network of contributors and allies.

 

 

MORE LEGISLATIVE PROGRESS

This week, we also met with Senator Warner's senior legislative team to discuss how the SPACE Corporation could support the Senator's priorities in Congress and drive additional economic development in Virginia.

 

We continued our support of Representative Lieu and Calvert's Critical Infrastructure push by serving as an intermediary between their offices and industry.

 

We provided the House Defense Appropriations Sub-Committee with space workforce development language mandating the DoD work with industry to establish a national workforce development system that prioritizes skilled labor up/re-skilling.

 

 

HOW IS F4F DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SPACE ASSOCIATIONS

We are pretty weird for a space nonprofit, especially a member-supported one.

 

As we finish up our differentiation analysis after early feedback from members/industry insiders, we have found a handful of key elements that set us apart from many other groups. We will be building on those differences to deliver value for our members and supporters. What are those differences? Oh, well, aside from being the only group to feature a dog in an astronaut uniform in most of our videos, we have three main ones.

  1. We don't compromise

    1. We don't have a consensus-based decision-making requirement in our bylaws so that we can move fast on emerging issues.

    2. We mitigate the potential for this to get out of hand by having a simple review process to support what increases financing/workforce development for the space economy and oppose what decreases those.

    3. If there is ambiguity, we will err on the side of not taking a position. If something doesn't relate to either financing/workforce development, we don't take a position. That's it - pretty simple - just the way I like it.

  2. We swing for the fences

    1. Whether it is 12 conferences a year or seeking to create a new Federal organization as our first legislative effort - we go big - and we own it.

    2. This doesn't mean we are rigid in demanding that OUR solution is the only one or a dogmatic adherence to our big ideas. Instead, we evolve and grow - but always looking for a way to go big and bold.

  3. We do more for less

    1. A lot of self-help/marketing/business development....etc. books talk about how the hurdle to building something is lower than you might think. There is a built-in assumption that this must be different in the space economy, that you have to be a rich person, large company, or have a broad source of financing. We are a living example of how that isn't true at all. How so? Well - our total revenue has been less than $40k, and we have:

      1. Put on seven conferences

      2. Hosted five webinars for Congress people

      3. Garnered nearly 100 co-sponsors for our legislation

      4. Inserted language in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY22

      5. A team who are Rockstar's at their craft.

    2. So while many organizations talk about how for the price of 'insert something small here', you can support their efforts. With us - we will turn a very small amount of money into a great success

 

We are launching our June Membership drive - look for more details on that or take the plunge NOW - and remember - we are going to do a LOT more with your membership money than you might expect - so feel free to expect a lot and be prepared to be impressed.

 

CONVERSATIONS FOR THE FUTURE - FEATURED ON SAVANNAH NEWS!

We just finished our latest Conversations for the Future event - this one hosted in Savannah, GA. Not only did we trial a handful of new segments - including student presentations each day; but we also had a great local session with a number of small business owners.

 

Our outstanding student speaker, Alaina Davis with STEM Powered Kits, was later featured on Savannah News station WTOC11.

 

 

UPCOMING INTERVIEWS AND EVENTS

I recorded an interview with David Grasso on his Follow the Profit Podcast where we talked about everything from how much a ticket to space will cost in 5 years to what kind of drinks are best to have in microgravity (hint not carbonated ones). It should publish in the next week or so - and we will update you when it does. Stay tuned for the podcast link.

 

We also began preparing for our panel on Advanced Space Financing tools. This panel will be part of a series hosted by the Beyond Earth Institute. It will evaluate the SPACE Corporation Act using a set of objective metrics created by space financial experts. The workshop will be on June 29 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET. More information to follow.

PILOTING THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Last week, we met with the Brook Park Technology and Innovation Committee chair to talk about piloting our Workforce for the Future endorsement program there in Ohio. We hope to present our plan to the Mayor and full City Council in the coming days - so look for an update on that soon.

 

To learn more about Workforce for the Future and to sign up to be a part of the pilot program, please visit www.f4f.space/workforce

 

Alright - with that, I am going to send this before my in-flight WIFI cuts out - so my apologies for the lack of sweet sign-off.

 

Until next week - or I see you out there.

-T

JUNE 7, 2021 

KEEP MOVING FORWARD

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team Space, 

I hope you all enjoyed a short week after Memorial Day. I am usually uncomfortable with Memorial Day as a holiday because it both signifies the weather is about to be uncomfortably hot here in DC; and because it is a celebration of something I prefer to avoid: death. A tad dark and morbid - but stick with me - I avoid thinking about death because it means I don't get a redo of anything. My entire model of learning, improving, and being useful involves a near-real-time adaptation of new information. So rather than prepping for months for a single event - I do dozens of events, tweaking each one. I guess I'm more fruit fly (dozens of chances to evolve every year) than cicada (17-year lifecycle) - sorry, cicadas are outside my window and are REALLY loud right now.

 

Continuous improvement allows me to be marginally funny when I do improv comedy, and it helps us at the Foundation drive to improve. So I suppose it only fits that we, the only space finance nonprofit, carry a disclaimer like financial investments: Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Many interpret that clause as being a warning about how good times must always end. However, we like to look at it a little differently. More in line with Walt Disney's quote:

 

"Around here, however, we don't look backward for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

So for us, our past performance is a tool for us to learn and ensure that tomorrow is always a little better than yesterday because our only easy day was yesterday.

 

Ok, enough mixed metaphors and morbid topics - on to our weekend update.

 

THE FIRST BILL WE HELPED CRAFT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE

The first bill we helped craft has been introduced in the House. No, it isn't the SPACE Corporation Act, but it is a space infrastructure bill. You might remember that I talked about Rep Lieu's office working toward designating space as a critical infrastructure sector. Well, this is the bill.

 

WHY THIS MATTERS: This bill is likely a messaging tool to help convince the Department of Homeland Security to designate space as a critical infrastructure sector. Nonetheless, it is a big deal that we are working with a House office to advance a space infrastructure bill.

 

 

MORE PROGRESS ON THE HILL

1. We had discussions with the better part of a dozen Congressional offices this week - including unsolicited calls from the lead space appropriations Congresswoman's Chief of Staff.

 

2. We are working with the Secretary of Defense's scheduler to get approval and find a time for the Secretary to speak at one of our Infrastructure webinars. While this isn't a lock - I expect at least a 'consolation prize' speaker like one of the Assistant Secretaries.

 

3. We have meetings with multiple Congressional offices this week - including at least one senior Senator.

 

 

BECOME A MEMBER DURING OUR JUNE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

If you haven't joined us as a member yet, now is a great time to do so! We're eager to welcome corporate and individual members to enjoy the benefits F4F has to offer - increased access, a broader network, an amplified voice, and more. With your support, we can continue our advocacy efforts and offer quality events and initiatives for our industry.

 

Please help us reach our goal of 50 new members this month! Join now.

 

 

IS LIFE AS A SUBMARINER GOOD TRAINING FOR LIFE IN SPACE? 

F4F was excited to help one of our members publish an article about how his life as a submariner is a good training course for life in space. It is a solid piece, and by my count, there are many more opportunities to train in a submarine than there are to train in orbit.

 

 

CONVERSATIONS FOR THE FUTURE KICKS OFF TOMORROW - JOIN US!

Don't miss C4F this month as we discuss SPACE LOGISTICS. Join us as we discuss a variety of topics with thought leaders in their fields. Ashley and I will be on location in Savannah for our Space Logistics Conversations for the Future event. If you are in the area - hit me up, and we will see if we can get you a cameo. Check out the C4F schedule and register now.

 

This update is a little short compared to the standard weekend update - but consider it a birthday present for you. I don't know when your birthday is, but with this short(er) email, I am good on gifts for you for at least this year.

 

Alrighty - with that, I'll close out - until next week unless I see you out there earlier.

-T

JUNE 1, 2021 

ROUTINE HAPPENS FAST

TIM CHRISMAN

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Team Space, 

 

One of the worst parts (for me) about the Army (and now that I think about it, any large organization I have been a part of) is the routine. Oh, not the waking up early and working out and setting your outfit to autopilot for the rest of your life. No, not those things. It was the mindless adherence to 'what we always do.’ I'm sure you have all seen this somewhere - even if it is just at the DMV.

 

Why am I talking about routine? It is because I have a newfound respect for how it grows. I have a history of thinking that the mindless bureaucracy grows like a weed - a foreign entity that just tries to take over an organization. Well, it turns out the bureaucratic routine can grow in a healthy host over time, and there is no one to blame for it. We make it. Well, the royal we. And until now, I've not fully appreciated how leaders of major organizations can simultaneously say that they want to cut red tape AND demand everyone use forms with ONLY blue ink. The blue ink rule had a purpose… probably literally at one time. But then it just became “what we do”.

 

Now that I have looked that truth in the eye, I can't live with it. So look for us to shake up some of the routines, whether changing how we engage our audiences or how we strong-arm our competitors. (It’s a joke, we don’t have any yet.) Some things can stay rote and routine. But if we can improve our member experience or increase our value with a handful of tweaks, then that's something to push for!

 

Ok - enough confessing my sin of routine. Let's get to this routine - the one where I tell you what happened last week and what is coming up this one.

F4F IN DEMAND ON THE HILL

Congressional offices are reaching out to us, signaling a definite change in our status.

  • This week marks the second consecutive week where Congressional staffers from committees and Member offices have reached out to John or me without either of us promoting them.

  • Last week, multiple unsolicited contacts from legislative offices followed our I4F Appropriations webinar. This week, we had a Congressman's office contact us asking questions about the SPACE Corporation Act before the Member decided his position.

 

Why this matters: We have 435 customers (Members of Congress), and until now, we have relied on time-intensive and costly techniques to 'acquire' them. We now have the benefit of 'referrals.’ I supposed it would have helped if we had set up a referral bonus program like Tesla has - but absent a car that has literal rocket boosters - we figured we were going to have to rely on the strength of our idea. And that is starting to work!

 

Additional Traction

  • We have released our open letter to Congress / Administration - and are now updating the list of companies weekly. Check them out on our website and let us know if you’d like to join the prestigious list.

  • We began outreach to the Members of Congress representing Savannah, GA, in advance of our Conversations for the Future event there next month.

  • We also networked the SPACE Corporation to 12 House and 5 Senate offices this week - all of which were directly concerning the original sponsorship of the SPACE Corporation Act.

SPACE COMPANIES HAVE OR ARE ABOUT TO HAVE WORKFORCE SHORTAGES

Workforce development is an issue people rally around - and our Workforce for the Future program likely needs to be broader than we anticipated.

  • This week I went to Alabama, where I hosted our workforce development Infrastructure for the Future webinar. This was our first hybrid, live + virtual event, and it was a great success. Not only did we amplify the message of our co-host (MGMWERX) - but we also were able to network with state leaders as high as the Lt Gov. All agreed that Alabama needs to be a hub in the emerging space economy, and they are excited to work with us to make that happen.

 

Why this matters: We know most space companies either have a worker shortage - or know they are about to have one. So this is an urgent issue and one that we can help with.

  • To that end, look for us to ramp up our networking with state apprenticeship and community college agencies. We had great feedback from Alabama's state apprenticeship office and will use that as a template for Georgia next and build out from there.

  • Work is ongoing to refine the phased implementation of our Workforce for the Future endorsement program - and after getting some solid feedback from both a couple of our members and a handful of schools - we are in a more vital place to begin designing a pilot program. If you are interested in more information or applying to be a part of the pilot, please apply on our website.

ENGAGING LOCAL COMMUNITIES

As Shelli Brunswick said during our I4F Workforce Development event last week, we are better together - a networked solution is one more likely to be enduring. Because of that, and because Trent Edwards and @Eric Gerritson at MGMWERX were terrific hosts - we have decided to redouble our efforts to ensure we have local partners and hosts whenever we are on the road.

 

Why this matters: This isn't just about our / my comfort - but it is also because of an elementary lesson I learned in the Army: "Those closest to the sound of combat know their needs best.” Put in less shooty words - it means locals are plugged into what their communities are doing and what they need. Without partnering with organizations like that, we are just a bunch of people from DC showing up and offering to help.... and that’s never the best path.

 

I think that about covers things - so I'll wrap this up here before my airplane internet turns off.

 

I'll see you back here next week - unless I see you out there sooner.

 

-T