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This Tax Bill permanently eliminates the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment; manufacturers must show an affidavit of eligibility to seller. The final bill went through many changes...Read more Several members joined the PMA Consortium to take advantage of Quick Response Training grant funds from WorkForce Florida Inc. These funds are training new and existing electrical and mechanical...Read more

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Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council

  Career Source Florida and Florida Makes are partnering with Regional Manufacturing Associations (your MSCA is one) in order to complete an analysis of current and future labor market needs for manufacturing in our area. Beginning in September 2016, focus groups will be held throughout the state to review the data collected in year 1. MSCA held the first focus group on September 8th, with attendance from important employers including Mosaic, Saddle Creek Logistics, Kegel, Harrell's Fertilizer, Alaso, Maxpak and Brightvolt and Procunier, Ferrera Tooling and more.  Our sincere thanks to these companies for their commitment to Polk County and their willingness to give time and attention to addressing the future labor needs and issues. The CAAM College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing will coordinate additional focus groups throughout the state and continue to provide info on talent development supports and grant resources. If you have interest in being part of these future efforts, please contact Joy Clancey at joy_clancey@yahoo.com Here is the current IHS report for August September 2016 advanced-mfg-workforce-leadership-council-aug-sept-2016-8-26-16-r1421166     
 
 
Weekly Wrap Up
MME Has Been Signed!
This is it! The moment we have worked so hard for, both individually and collectively, has arrived. On April 13, Governor Scott signed into law House Bill 7099, the House tax package which includes the Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment (MME) Sales Tax Exemption.Again, we thank each of our members for your efforts on this important issue. The sales tax exemption is a huge benefit to the manufacturing industry and we are honored to have led the way for our members and their companies. See the MAF press release here.
(Right: Gov. Scott signs HB 7099; Below: Jayne Fifer of VMA; Gov. Scott; Al Stimac, MAF President; bill sponsor Sen. Hukill )
 
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New Event Opportunities 
Engineering Mixer April 21 Tampa, FL 6:00-8:00 PM EST This mixer is an opportunity for employers to meet current engineering students seeking internships. The event expects 100 students to attend so this is a great chance to find an engineering intern that fits your needs. Space is limited to the first 25 companies so sign up today! More info and registration
Calendar of Events
April 25 MAF Board of Directors Meeting; Lake Mary, FL
April 28 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
May 19-20 Women's Conference of Florida; Tampa, Florida;www.womensconferenceofflorida.com
May 31 Education Summit @ the Florida Sterling Annual Conference; 7:30am-4:30pm JW Marriott Orlando, FLRegistration
May 31-June 3 Florida Sterling Annual Conference; JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes; More information and registration
June 15-16 Discover Global Markets: The Americas; Hilton Miami Downtown; Register (early bird ends April 15)
June 16 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
June 16 Industry Certifications Beginning Career Pathways; Atlanta, Georgia; cfeeney@msscuca.org
August 18 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
October 20 MAF Environmental Teleconference; 3:00 p.m. EST; 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
November 15-17 MAF Annual Summit & Marketplace; Gainesville, FL;  SAVE THE DATE

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