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$70 Million Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute Grant 
Awarded to Los Angeles!

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $70M grant for a Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute to be headquartered in Los Angeles has been awarded to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC). LA n Sync is proud to have been part of the core team for this application, led by SMLC and UCLA . 

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) will be an industry-led nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California with networked regional centers in California, Washington, New York, North Carolina and Texas. The Institute will work across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments.  It will be the ninth institute awarded under the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes initiative. The winning coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry, and nonprofits—hailing from more than thirty states—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

LA n Sync, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation, was pleased to have provided technical assistance in the form of strategic planning, partnership development, and the procurement of many notable letters of support, in addition to co-hosting a convening with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in order to educate our local civic leaders and key manufacturers of the possibility and potential about this incredible opportunity. Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President & CEO and LA n Sync Founder Wallis Annenberg has shown her deepest commitment to ensuring that the Los Angeles region’s talent and innovation are recognized by creating a platform for nonprofit, philanthropy, government, business and academia to collaborate and succeed,

 "LA n Sync was created with a single, simple, fundamental goal: to bring LA's public, private, and nonprofit sectors together as we chase after every possible funding dollar," said Wallis Annenberg upon hearing the news, "That's why President Obama's announcement today is so gratifying for us, and for Los Angeles as a whole.  The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition will revolutionize manufacturing in this country.  To see that kind of unity and synergy rewarded with a $70 million grant shows that when we work together, there's truly nothing we can't achieve.  It's a great day for LA, and a great day for all of the SMLC's extraordinary partners in this effort."

We offer our congratulations to all of our partners and, most importantly, to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition for their leadership and innovative thinking on this important win for Los Angeles. 

To watch the full announcement made by President Obama, click here


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