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Support research, development and technology-based opportunities for economic growth in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania.

SMART’s uniqueness is the range & depth to its affiliated groups and collaborative activities.

Please contact Bob Carullo with any inquiries at 609-304-2904 or [email protected]

 

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Jan 2021 News

2021 SMART Update – January

Below is an executive summary of our key activities. For further details on these, please contact those listed below. For further information on SMART’s general activities or status on the other 15 Focus Groups not addressed here, contact SMART Executive Director Robert Carullo at [email protected] or 609-304-2904.

Topics:

Events:
Jan 22, SMART PROC GOVCON (Virtual)
Jan 22 & Feb 16-18; BoD Strategic Planning Committee

Joint Group Programs
Emergency Mgm’t Rapid Reaction Recovery (EM R3) Program
– PPE Acquisitions
Drive Across America (DAA) Program
– Initial DAA status and expansion to Drive Around the World

Jan 22 (Virtual) – SMART PROC GOVCON

The 18th Annual SMART PROC GOVCON will be a virtual event on Friday, January 22.

Please visit the conference website www.smartprocgovcon.com for the agenda, speakers, list of exhibitors and registration. Note that we will plan the typical, fuller event as soon as the recovery from the pandemic allows.

We have a great line-up of Senior government leadership from the following agencies:

Defense:
US Army Medical Research and Development Command
Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defense
Medical Countermeasures Systems
US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity
US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
US Army Medical Command
US Army Contracting Command – APG
Army Futures Command, DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory
Joint Project Manager CBRN Sensors
Navy Medical Logistics Command
National Guard Bureau
Defense Health Agency
Defense Logistics Agency
National Security Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Defense Information Systems Agency
Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

Civilian:
National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Homeland Security
US Department of State
US Department of Treasury
State of Maryland Department of Commerce
Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Prime Contractors:
Leidos
Emergent BioSolutions
Goldbelt, Inc.

Jan 22 & Feb 16-18; Atlantic City, BoD Strategic Planning Committee Meetings

Jan 22 the BoD Strategic Planning Committee, chaired by Jack Pappas, BoD Founding MD member, will conduct an executive session on the results of the participation of SMART Major Business Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Anthony Georgiou in the Jan 20th Inauguration and Jan 21st Biden Admin strategic meetings. This follows his participation in a Jan 5th meeting of the Biden Transition Team.

The purpose of the Jan 22 meeting is to address immediate actions from the 20th & 21st and also plan for a Feb 16-18 Strategic Planning Committee meeting with invited Group Chairs of the priority topics/actions. This second meeting will be conducted as a series of small meetings with 2-3 leaders of each invited Group over the 3 days. Details will follow after the Jan 22 exec session with Anthony and Jack.

Further, we expect several of these Strategic Planning Committee working sessions as the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress stand up and as important as the private sector recovers from the pandemic impacts. SMART Executive Director, Robert Carullo is the POC for these meetings; [email protected] and 609-304-2904.

PPE Acquisitions; top priority of Emergency Mgm’t Rapid Reaction & Recovery (EM R3) Program

In reaction to the World-wide COVID-19 crisis, SMART Economic Development Group Chair, Robert Mazzuca, has formed a Joint Group Program, the SMART Emergency Management Rapid Reaction & Recovery Program (EM R3), to address the immediate US and International requirements to mitigate this crisis. SMART has a 21-year history of expedited actions for national and international natural and man-made disasters. The EM R3 program takes advantage of this experienced SMART network. The initial priority of the EM R3 Program is assisting key Federal Agencies acquire Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). A major objective is supplying Federal & State Veteran Healthcare Facilities.

The SMART EM R3 Program funding derives its authority for procurement through the Post Katrina Reform Act of 2006 and Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act which expanded reach and scope pursuant to President Donald J Trump’s March 13, 2020 emergency declaration under the Stafford Act – in all U.S. States and territories in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) pandemic.

This funding process as described is instantaneous. The current demand from medical facilities is supported by their individual budget allocation process for procurement to secure emergency and necessary PPE to protect front line medical personnel during this time of crisis. Funds will be placed into an escrow account within 24 – 48 hours of the conclusion of the visual verification of products in attestation of their availability. A senior DOD officer, currently DoD EM liaison for FEMA, provides EM R3 government liaison.

For participation in this program, please e-mail EM R3 Business Development Director, Brian Hakan at [email protected] or Robert Mazzuca at [email protected]

Drive Across America (DAA) Program

Drive Across America (DAA) is a SMART joint-group program led by our STEM Educ/Workforce Development Group and Veterans Group. The Mission is providing an integrated, national platform to conduct annual Drives across the country with these two major goals:

– Maintain a network of leaders in the automotive, motorsports & aerospace industries to promote STEM Educ/Workforce Development for their related industries.
— Led by Virginia Tech (VT) Alumni and the US Department of Education.

– Conduct charity program benefiting Veterans’ Unfunded Health Care local projects.
— Led by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1068.

Other Tech Topics: Other SMART Groups are led by the Energy Group with Electric Vehicles and the Transportation Group, addressing Infrastructure topics. The IT Group will provide digital documentation of the Drives to promote the program mission and goals, support the route stops, finish ceremonies and an Annual Awards Ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The compiled data on the above topics will also support the program as an annual series. Topical reports on data gathered will be available for academia, industry, government and professional associations ( this is a major objective, supporting mission).

Honorary Host:
– Hon Patrick Murphy, Congressman (PA-08 2007-2011) & UnderSec Army 2016-2017
– Other Honorary (Gov’t) and Celebrity Co-Host requests are in process.

Funding will rely upon private sources; government roles are primarily endorsements.

DAA 2021: Planning is in process for Lap 1 with Gordon Bryan, VT Alumni; driving West from Wildwood NJ in Fall of 2021 to San Diego CA. The route will connect and showcase the many VT Alumni leaders in the automotive, motorsports and aviation industries and provide a charity benefit for local Veterans Unfunded Health Care projects at each stop.

We Welcome All as we prepare for 1st Annual DAA Awards Dinner; Capitol Hill, Fall ’21.

Contact Program Manager & Founder, Gordy Bryan at [email protected] or 484-802-4063 or Deputy PM, Bob Carullo [email protected] 609-304-2904.

About

SMART Initiative at a Glance

Since the spring of 1999, SMART and its predecessors have succeeded in attracting federal R&D funding for the regional technical community. Through its comprehensive and expert panel of Technology Cluster Groups, SMART can assist YOUR organization in developing opportunities to partner or collaborate with the technical community.

Integration of regional S & T initiatives including events projects and meetings involving:

  • Bi-Partisan Congressional Delegation of DE, MD, NJ & PA; 8 Senators & 39 Representatives
  • Federal Agencies; 20 + DC HQs
  • States’ Executive and Legislative Branches
  • Collective regional technology community facilitated by SMART, a 501(C)3 organization – Academia, Industry, Government Field Agencies/Labs and Profession Associations

2019 SMART Board List

Executive Committee Affiliation Title
Phillip Jaurigue, Chair PA Sabre Systems Chairman & CEO
Samuel Waltz DE SamWaltz.com CEO & President
Deborah Burrell MD Burrell International Group CEO & President
Dr. John Lacontora NJ Mid-Atlantic Institute for Modeling & Analysis CEO
George Kearns PA Curacao-Multi Commodities Centre Chairman & CEO
Robert Carullo Sabre Systems Executive Director
Board Members (Includes Exec) Affiliation Title
Samuel Waltz DE SamWaltz.com CEO & President
Nicolas Callazzo DE New Castle County CoC VP Economic Development
Carla Sydney-Stone DE World Trade Center Delaware President
Deborah Burrell MD Burrell International Group CEO & President
Constantine “Jack” Pappas MD Pappas Associates International CEO
Francis Pierce MD Design Systems and Analysis CEO & President
Dr. John Lacontora NJ Mid-Atlantic Institute for Modeling & Analysis CEO
Dr. Donald Sebastian NJ New Jersey Institute of Technology VP for R&D
Phillip Jaurigue PA Sabre Systems CEO & President
George Kearns PA Curacao-Multi Commodities Centre Chairman & CEO
Eugene DelCoco PA The Blackfield Group President
William McLaughlin PA Irish-American Business Chamber & Network Founder & Chair Emeritus
Board Staff Affiliation Title
Robert Carullo NJ Sabre Systems Executive Director
Pamela Fillion NJ SMART Treasurer
Mark Oddo NJ SMART Counsel

Bio’s with POC’s are being compiled. Contact Robert Carullo as needed at [email protected] or 609-304-2904.

Group Chairs

To be added soon.