• NIDIA Mega Conference Registration Deadline: Thur. Apr. 16th at 10AM

    If you haven’t registered for Friday’s NIDIA Mega Conference, please do so soon.  We look forward to seeing you all at the conference!

    Registration for this FREE event closes Tomorrow (Thurs. April 16th) at 10:00 AM.

    Click Here to Register Click Here For More Information 

  • NIDIA Website Receives Major Update to be Briefed at the April 17th Mega Conference

    Fellow NIDIA Members, when I think of NIDIA I think of an agile, fast moving organization that is reflective of the needs of our membership. Our second major enhancement to our website by our amazingly talented Web Designer, Wes DeKoninck, the Digital Marketing Manager for Saal Advertising, Inc. is now live. What is referred to as Version 1.2, it includes performance enhancements, style adjustments and an all new member organization enrollment and management system.

    Website enhancements include:

    • New backend framework structure to allow for better mobile responsiveness and improved performance.
    • Addition of new subtle animations to several elements of the site for improved aesthetics.
    • Added additional Board Of Directors positions to “About Us”.
    • Added a new event calendar with enhanced calendar and agenda functionality as well as improved event search features.
    • Improved NIDIA Member Directory layout with new alpha-index for searching.
    • Improved Membership enrollment form and automated billing/enrollment process including: automated directory listing addition upon completed enrollment payment, new email confirmation notices and automatic recurring subscription based annual renewal of NIDIA membership.

    We hope you enjoy the new and improved NIDIAonline.org website.

    Please sign up ASAP for the 17 April Mega conference and provide feedback during the open forum on our website upgrades. See you there and congratulations Wes on a job extremely well done!

    Dave Augustine, Col (ret)
    NIDIA Chairman of the Board

  • Purdue launches program to assist small to mid-sized defense contractors grow and diversify

    In 2008, the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $8 billion on contracts that were performed by companies and organizations across Indiana. Last year, contracts across the state amounted to $2.5 billion. This drop in government spending has severely impacted manufacturing firms in the defense supply chain and communities where defense contractors are located. In response, the Purdue Technology Assistance Program (TAP) along with the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) have announced the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP). DMAP is a partnership of the Universities of Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue and is being funded as part of a $2.4 million grant secured from the DOD, Office of Economic Assistance. The goal of DMAP is to maintain and retain the critical manufacturing infrastructure, capacity and capabilities to meet national security priorities across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana — a region that is vital to our nation’s defense and security. In Indiana, DMAP helps small to mid-sized manufacturers find new markets, stabilize their businesses and implement diversification strategies by leveraging Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) services and subject matter experts. Purdue MEP is now accepting inquires for DMAP partnership projects by Indiana defense manufacturers who meet the following criteria: small to medium size defense contractor (35-1000 employees) or supplier to the defense industry with at least 5 percent reduction in sales, production or employment within the past 24 months (or imminent threat of reduction in the immediate future), ability to cost share on projects (capped at $25,000) and a management team dedicated to diversification and growth. The DMAP MEP partnership focus areas are core strengthening, market diversification and new technology commercialization. Projects will be selected by Purdue MEP with an emphasis on projects with high-potential outcomes.

    About Purdue MEP

    The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a business unit of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP), provides high-value solutions to help Indiana businesses maximize their success by increasing profits, reducing costs and implementing growth systems. We serve more than 500 companies annually by implementing continuous improvement principles in the areas of productivity, growth and technology. Purdue MEP has helped our clients collectively achieve over $1 billion of economic impact since 2005.

    About PCRD

    The Purdue Center for Regional Development pioneers new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity, with four main program areas: Data for Decision Makers, Collaborative Leadership, Strategy and Planning, Economic Development and Business Growth. We have projects and programming in more than 50 Indiana communities and in 63 of the 92 counties across the state.

    DMAP Contacts

    John Blignaut Purdue TAP 317-275-6816 JohnBlignaut@purdue.edu Carolyn Hatch PCRD 765-496-6508 chatch@purdue.edu. Source Carolyn Hatch

  • NSWC Crane Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry Meeting

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is excited to be hosting its Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI) meeting on 1 April 2015 at the WestGate Academy. This year’s theme is “Collaborating for Innovative, Lasting Solutions”. The purpose of the APBI meeting is to provide industry and academia with information on future NSWC Crane technology efforts, requirements, potential contract opportunities, and how to do business with NSWC Crane. The APBI forum provides presentation and discussion on how industry/academia and NSWC Crane can collaborate and build thriving partnerships to ensure future Warfighter success. The meeting will include presentations from senior leadership covering the three mission focus areas: Electronic Warfare, Special Missions, and Strategic Missions. Additional information and registration link is available at http://www.crane-apbi.com/. Date & Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Onsite Registration: 0700 – 0800 Meeting: 0800 – 1600 Location: WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center 13598 East WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562 Cost & Registration: There is no cost to attend this meeting; however, registration is required

  • Fort Wayne Base Community Council Member & Guest Luncheon

    The Fort Wayne Base Community Council cordially invites you and your guests to the Member and Guest Luncheon and Program with a full and engaging agenda, to include FWBCC updates and opportunities to get involved, local military updates, networking, and our guest speaker: COLONEL L. KIP CLARK (Commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing) Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, disaster response and fatalities search and rescue — these are a few of the missions of the brave members of the 181st. You won’t want to miss this event! COL Clark will highlight the Airmen supporting today’s Fight with Intelligence and Air Support Operations, and will highlight the 181st Intelligence Wing contributions to Disaster Response.

    Event Information

    When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT Where: Ceruti’s Summit Park – 6601 Innovation Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 The enhanced plated lunch menu will offer both meat & vegetarian options. If you would like a vegetarian meal, make that selection in the registration question. Cost: $10.00 Current & Retired Military * $15.00 Council Members * $20.00 Guests If you are unable to register online, payment can also be made at the door via cash or credit card, for an additional $5.00 charge per person. Register at the link below, and please present a printed receipt of payment at the door. Click Here to Register for the April 7 Lunch & program Please provide full names, titles/ranks (if appropriate), for you and all guests at the time you RSVP. This will ensure a proper lunch count, correct name badges, and information for the roster for all attendees of the event. For any issues registering online, email fortwaynebcc@gmail.com or call 260-760-9936 Please RSVP no later than Friday, April 3rd Thank you. We look forward to seeing you April 7! Fort Wayne Base Community Council “Bringing Service and Community Together” www.fortwaynebasecc.org P.O. Box 25506 Fort Wayne, IN 46825