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Committee Praised for recognizing small business innovators.

July 15, 2009

The R&D Credit Coalition applauded House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology Chairman Glenn C. Nye (D-VA) for holding a hearing to recognize the importance of the federal Research and Experimentation Tax Credit for small business innovators. Collie Hutter, CFO of Click Bond, Inc, expressed appreciation as to how Nye has "[raised awareness of the importance of the R&D tax credit to small businesses." Read More

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Marion Blakey comments on National Research Council report.

July 15, 2009

According to Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, AIA is encouraged by recommendations in recent space policy report from National Research Council calling for increased coordination and leadership of nation's space capabilities. "America's Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs," adds another influential voice to debate on renewing and maintaining U.S. leadership in space. Read More

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SME Foundation establishes Gene Haas Scholarship Fund.

July 15, 2009

With leadership gift of $50,000, SME Education Foundation established Gene Haas Scholarship Fund designed to attract and support Focus: HOPE students. Scholarship offers access to training and education programs in machining technology, giving students chance at a rewarding career. When reviewing applications, Focus: HOPE Scholarship Committee considers need, academic achievement, and demonstrated commitment to advanced machining, which is supported by letters of recommendation. Read More

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Industrial Base Issues need QDR consideration.

July 15, 2009

A report by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), "The Unseen Cost: Industrial Base Consequences of Defense Strategy Choices," concludes that the US industrial base provides our nation with essential military capabilities that need to be considered in the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). It urges future strategy decisions be made with full awareness and appreciation of the likely effects on industry capability and offers 6 recommendations. Read More

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ATA applauds DOT on alliance antitrust decision.

July 15, 2009

According to James C. May, President and CEO of ATA, association applauds DOT for its approval of alliance antitrust immunity decision and for recognizing that alliances offer significant benefits to traveling and shipping public. This decision will increase current levels of service while preserving jobs for thousands of airline employees. Read More

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Summer Camp addresses fuel cell engineering basics.

July 15, 2009

The basics of fuel cell engineering will complement a summer technology camp offering robotics, aeronautics, and computer design for sixth and seventh graders attending Gateway Academy, which is offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. In a day-long session, students will learn fuel-cell basics in a classroom setting. They will receive live data directly from the fuel cell site for analysis and be able to follow/dissect results as the trial progresses. Read More

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ATA and State Trucking Associations exclusively provide VMRS.

July 15, 2009

Developed by ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council, Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards 2000(TM) products provide vital link between shop floor and management. Available for use in either paper or electronic format, VMRS creates single process to document when, why, and how maintenance is performed on equipment; improve inventory control; identify system, component, and labor expenditures; help control costs; and manage variety of equipment. Read More

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Collaboration to yield Colorado wind power project by 2010.

July 15, 2009

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed 20-yr agreement with subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. to purchase output of 51 MW wind farm on 6,000 acre site northwest of Burlington, CO. Site will be comprised of 34 x 1.5 MW GE turbines. According to Governor Bill Ritter, project will provide reliable energy, clean-energy jobs, and long-term economic benefits for Kit Carson County. Tri-State is supplier to 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts in 4 states. Read More

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ASHRAE proposes changes to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.

July 14, 2009

Proposed changes designed to improve energy efficiency of buildings covered by ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 are open for public comment. Some proposed addendum include bh, which would require supply air temperature reset in multiple-zone HVAC systems; bf, which provides new requirements for continuous air barriers; addendum f, which would allow number of paths to reduce building roof load; and bq, which reduces additional lighting power allowances. Read More

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TRFA announces technical presentations for annual meeting.

July 14, 2009

From September 13-15, TRFA 2009 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, will feature 17 Technical Paper presentations, including 7 presentations focused on composites and tooling. Essential to meeting association's objective of being premier forum to interact and exchange knowledge among formulators and suppliers, papers are chosen for technical content, timeliness of subject, and relevance to TRFA members and industry. Read More

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BSA Fall Meeting will examine pros/cons of social networking.

July 14, 2009

At 2009 Fall Meeting, from September 21-22 in Chicago, IL, there will be presentation on pros and cons of social networking and examples of how media is being used. Presentation will be led by speaker Jeff Risley, VP/Public Relations and Social Media Analyst of Barkley advertising agency. Association encourages members and participating manufacturers who are not currently committee members to attend and try out committees that interest them. Registration deadline is August 31. Read More

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AASHTO Executive replies to House committee remarks.

July 14, 2009

Responding to remarks made by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans, John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, said investments by state DOTs in transportation projects through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are part of solution to economic recession. During past 5 months, according to Horsley, $16.7 billion in projects have been approved for funding, creating thousands of jobs. Read More

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ASHRAE announces change to residential ventilation standard.

July 14, 2009

Addendum e to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, allows alternative methods for meeting its requirements regarding kitchen/bathroom exhaust fans. Methods like increasing overall whole-house ventilation rate to compensate for insufficient/nonexistent bathroom exhaust are accepted. Proposal addresses fact that people doing retrofits tend to ignore standard if fan requirements are demanding, says Steven Emmerich. Read More

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NAM Official urges revamping of export control system.

July 14, 2009

Testifying to House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, John Engler said system is hampering ability to innovate/compete in world markets by maintaining too many outmoded policies and practices. Reports/experts show current system is hindering ability of government to safeguard critical technologies and protect national security. Engler offered recommendations for rewriting legislation to meet nation's security and competitiveness objectives. Read More

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BIO strongly supports House-passed SBIR reauthorization.

July 14, 2009

Passed by House of Representatives, H.R. 2965 allows small companies that receive majority of their financing from venture capital to be eligible to compete for Small Business Innovation Research grants. According to Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, passage of bill is critical step toward ensuring that all innovative companies can compete for SBIR grants - based on promise of their science rather than structure of their capital. Read More

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Francis Collins as NIH Director is applauded by BIO.

July 14, 2009

Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, made a statement praising Barack Obama's nomination of Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In it, Greenwood urged the Senate to move quickly to confirm Collins, citing the "impeccable credentials and experience" he will bring to the position. Greenwood went on to express an eagerness to work with Dr. Collins and the NIH staff to attain the President's goal of finding a cure for cancer "within our time." Read More

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Senate Subcommittee completes mark up of DOE FY10 budget.

July 14, 2009

Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee has announced Chairman's mark that provides $190 million for hydrogen and fuel cells at DOE, restoring funding to FY2009 levels. According to Chairman Dorgan, Energy and Water Appropriations bill invests in efforts to reduce reliance on foreign oil and restores funding for hydrogen energy research. House Appropriations Committee also met to review proposed FY10 budget, which will proceed to House floor. Read More

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Registration is Open for chemical QA webcast.

July 14, 2009

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced that registration for its webcast, Chemicals: Best Practices for Quality Assurance, is open. To be held on August 5, 2009 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MDT, the webcast will provide tools and tips to ensure utilities are selecting and using the right chemicals, evaluating feed systems, establishing appropriate delivery procedures, as well as reviewing their security and emergency response plans appropriately. Read More

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Temporary PTO Funding critical for biotech innovation.

July 14, 2009

According to statement made by BIO, continued innovation in U.S. biotechnology industry is dependent on strong U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Furloughs or other measures that result in reduction of patent examiners will have negative impact on ability of PTO to examine critical biotech patent applications in timely manner. This could slow innovation, stifling biotech innovation, threatening U.S. competitiveness, and jeopardizing high-wage, high-quality U.S. jobs. Read More

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ATA commends CFTC for proposed commodities hearings.

July 14, 2009

According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, airline industry commends Commodity Futures Trading Commission for recognizing serious adverse effects of unchecked speculation on consumers and businesses. U.S. airline industry supports CFTC initiative to consider imposing position limits on commodity investments designed to prevent speculative investors from disproportionately controlling commodities markets. Read More