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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 August 1997



Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>


BRIEFING ON THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S OFFICE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
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     The Congressional Task Force on Manufacturing cochaired by Rep.
Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), and the Senate Task
Force on Manufacturing cochaired by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen.
Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), will be hosting a briefing on the Office of
Industrial Technology (OIT) on Tuesday, August 18, at 2:00 pm, in room
HC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.

     Denise Swink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of
Industrial Technology, will describe the important role industrial
technologies play in creating strategies to meet environmental goals
while improving competitiveness.  OIT's programs create partnerships
with nearly 2,700 companies to improve energy efficiency and
productivity.  By sharing the cost of research and development and
encouraging competition for inventions and innovations, the federal
government leverages investment in technologies that will sustain its
manufacturing base in the future.


INSTITUTE RELEASES BROWNFIELDS EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING MONOGRAPH
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week released WORKING ON
BROWNFIELDS:  THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING CONNECTION.  This 12-page
guide (available from the Institute for $15) explores the workforce
dimension of brownfield renewal and offers local practitioners
examples of how job training and employment can be melded with
environmental restoration.

     WORKING ON BROWNFIELDS encourages deliberation with respect to
the jobs involved and the skills required at each stage of a
brownfield project -- assessment and remediation, new construction,
and reuse -- and suggests how particular federal employment and
training resources can be brought into play at each stage.  Readers
are brought up-to-date on the latest policy issues in the job training
field, including those of foremost concern in Congress's summer 98
overhaul of federal programs, and those that states are trying to
tackle in welfare reform.  Successful projects that bring a holistic
vision to the brownfield/employment nexus are highlighted.

     WORKING ON BROWNFIELDS:  THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING CONNECTION
is the first in a series of papers by the Institute's Urban
Environment Program that explores the often catalytic role that
brownfield cleanup and redevelopment can play in the community.

     CONTACT: Paula Duggan at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


MEP REAUTHORIZATION
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     On July 31, 1998, the Senate passed the Technology Administration
Authorization Act (S.1325) authorizing appropriations for the
Technology Administration of the Department of Commerce for fiscal
years 1998, 1999, and 2000.  Included in the legislation is an
extension of the period in which Manufacturing Extension Partnership
(MEP) centers may receive federal funding.  The period would be
extended beyond six years if the MEP center receives "a positive
evaluation through a review of procedures and criteria established by
the National Institute of Standards and Technology."  The federal
proportion of funding received by each center after the sixth year may
not exceed one-third of total funding costs.

     The House passed a similar reauthorization bill, H.R. 1274, on
April 24.  A number of centers in several states would be unable to
receive funding if MEP is not reauthorized for fiscal 1999.

     More than 70 nonprofit MEP centers operate nationwide, helping
more than 60,000 small and mid-sized businesses use the latest
technology to remain competitive in global markets.

     CONTACTS:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) or Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest
Congressional Coalition at (225-5361).


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