Public policy

NextFlex Receives $600K from the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to Help Small Businesses Fuel Defense Innovations

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:00am

NextFlex, Americas Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced today that it has received a $600,000 grant from the California Governors Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to support Californias defense innovation and manufacturing ecosystem through small business development.

Key Points: 
  • NextFlex, Americas Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced today that it has received a $600,000 grant from the California Governors Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to support Californias defense innovation and manufacturing ecosystem through small business development.
  • With the grant funds, NextFlex will support small businesses in the California defense industrial base by providing access to leading edge FHE design, prototyping, and low-volume additive manufacturing services through its Technology Hub in San Jose.
  • This important program will not only help small California businesses develop their products, it will help expand the role of flexible electronics and additive manufacturing in defense applications, said Malcolm Thompson, NextFlex Executive Director.
  • Through this grant, NextFlex will help small businesses strengthen their capabilities to support these objectives.

The Remittance Effect: Global Citizens Emerge as Economic First Responders of the Developing World

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 9:03am
Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005359/en/
    The Remittance Effect: Global Citizens Emerge as Economic First Responders of the Developing World (Graphic: Business Wire)
    The Oxford Economics Report: The Remittance Effect: A Lifeline for Developing Economies Through the Pandemic and Into Recovery identifies several positive economic and remittance consumer fundamentals that could support unexpected strength in remittance flows to developing nations compared to World Bank forecasts of slowdown in 2021.
  • This "Remittance Effect" drives profound gains for developing economies, including reducing poverty and driving increases in economic activity.
  • "This report justifies bestowing a new title of 'Economic First Responders' upon these global citizens and local heroes.
  • Ersek added, "In the critical task of rebuilding developing nations in a post-pandemic world, millions of these Economic First Responders will continue to step up.

Black Voices for Black Justice Fund Announces Awards to 19 Black Activists Working to Advance Racial Justice

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:48pm
Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210126006016/en/
    After receiving over 600 nominations, the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund today announced its second round of awardees, focusing on Black leaders in Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, DC.
  • Each will receive $20,000 to use however they believe will do the most good in building an anti-racist America.
  • In addition to her research in public health, she has extensive project and personnel management experience.
  • Im thrilled that Black Voices for Black Justice recognizes, amplifies and advances the work of these inspiring everyday heroes in Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

Gerald Huff Fund For Humanity Launches Public Service Announcement Campaign to Help Educate Americans on Universal Basic Income

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 5:56pm

The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity , a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the understanding, acceptance, and implementation of Universal Basic Income (UBI) programs to benefit all Americans today announced that it launched a public service announcement campaign.

Key Points: 
  • The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity , a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the understanding, acceptance, and implementation of Universal Basic Income (UBI) programs to benefit all Americans today announced that it launched a public service announcement campaign.
  • The public service announcement is also the subject of a Facebook targeted ad campaign and an ongoing Google ad campaign made available on a no-charge basis to non-profit organizations.
  • In partnership with Income Movement , the Fund for Humanity is also undertaking an aggressive social media campaign.
  • About The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity:
    The Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was created in 2019 to promulgate the vision of the late Gerald Huff, an ardent proponent of Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a transitional solution to the existential threat of technological unemployment.

U.S. Air Force to Standardize on Siemens’ Teamcenter as Its Product Lifecycle Management Platform

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 4:25pm

The selection of Teamcenter as the Air Force enterprise standard follows a 2019 indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract for $24.6 million to Siemens for licensing, maintenance and support.

Key Points: 
  • The selection of Teamcenter as the Air Force enterprise standard follows a 2019 indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract for $24.6 million to Siemens for licensing, maintenance and support.
  • Teamcenter, part of the Xcelerator portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software, is a modern, open and adaptable product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that can help connect people and processes across functional silos by providing a digital thread for innovation.
  • Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow.
  • Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services.

Voya Financial Becomes Largest Retirement Plan Provider in the Government Market

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 4:00pm

At Voya, we consider it a great responsibility to help all of our government plan sponsors advance the financial wellness of their plan participants many of whom are firefighters, police officers, government workers and public servants.

Key Points: 
  • At Voya, we consider it a great responsibility to help all of our government plan sponsors advance the financial wellness of their plan participants many of whom are firefighters, police officers, government workers and public servants.
  • At Voya, we have extensive knowledge and capabilities to help government plan sponsors achieve the financial wellness goals of their retirement programs.
  • Voya Financials Retirement business serves clients of all sizes and across all sectors, including employers in government and other tax-exempt retirement plan markets.
  • Specifically for the government market, Voya supports over 3,700 government 457/401(a) retirement plans,2 and the average tenure for a government client is more than two decades.3 To learn more, visit voya.com/employers/tax-exempt/government .

Humanetics Corporation Receives Funding From Department of Defense to Test Drug Against COVID-19

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 4:40pm

Humanetics Corporation (Humanetics) announced today that it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct a series of studies with its new drug candidate, BIO 300.

Key Points: 
  • Humanetics Corporation (Humanetics) announced today that it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct a series of studies with its new drug candidate, BIO 300.
  • If adopted, the drug may prevent hospitalizations and mitigate progressive and long-term pulmonary effects that are becoming increasingly evident in COVID-19 patients.
  • It was initially discovered by researchers at the U.S. Department of Defense in their efforts to create radio-protective drugs for the military.
  • This project has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense under its Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Launches Grassroots Canvassing Campaign to Engage Citizens to Advocate for Diversity on Delaware’s Courts

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:26pm

This weekend, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) launched a canvassing campaign to reach thousands of Delawareans as they directly engage with and educate citizens on the lack of diversity on Delawares highest courts and shed light on the opaque judicial nomination process.

Key Points: 
  • This weekend, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware (CPBD) launched a canvassing campaign to reach thousands of Delawareans as they directly engage with and educate citizens on the lack of diversity on Delawares highest courts and shed light on the opaque judicial nomination process.
  • CPBD, Reverend Al Sharpton, civic leaders and citizens are calling for Gov.
  • Carney to appoint an African American judge to replace Bouchard and restore diversity to the Chancery Court.
  • Said Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Campaign Manager Chris Coffey: Every time we get out and talk to Delawareans, they are shocked by the lack of transparency and diversity in the states courts.

IntelePeer Helps State Governor Offices and Health Departments With COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:01pm

This turnkey solution is now ready to be deployed for any other state, healthcare provider, or vaccine distributor.

Key Points: 
  • This turnkey solution is now ready to be deployed for any other state, healthcare provider, or vaccine distributor.
  • IntelePeer moved quickly when it got the call to help build a better solution.
  • The Atmosphere CPaaS-powered solution was up and running in eight hours, with no additional infrastructure or resources deployed by the state.
  • State and Local Health Departments cannot afford busy signals, long hold times, and an inability to manage high volumes of registration requests .

KBRA Releases Research – Coronavirus (COVID-19): State Revenue Losses Less Than Feared

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 2:44pm

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a report which compares the actual performance of state revenues to the projections that were prevalent at the outset of the pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a report which compares the actual performance of state revenues to the projections that were prevalent at the outset of the pandemic.
  • At the outset of the pandemic, economic conditions were forecast to deteriorate more significantly than what transpired through the remainder of 2020.
  • KBRA is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO.
  • KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider and is a certified Credit Rating Agency (CRA) with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).