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May 12, 2014
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Virginia Manufacturers Association wins Manufacturing Leadership Award for Industry Advocacy
RICHMOND, VA –The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) has been honored by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council with a 2014 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Award in Industry Advocacy for its success in developing the ‘Dream it. Do it. Virginia’ (DIDIVA) program. Now in their tenth year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. The DIDIVA initiative is an outreach and awareness network built by the state’s advanced technology sector to encourage individuals to explore careers, education and training opportunities and to obtain jobs in fields such as manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics and more.
“We are honored to receive this award for ‘Dream It. Do It. Virginia’,” said Brett Vassey, President and CEO of VMA. “We’ve reached over 13,000 teachers, students, counselors, principals and parents through this powerful network, which now incorporates the most advanced Career Information System available in the Commonwealth of Virginia. DIDIVA provides a clear vision of what modern manufacturing is—an advanced sector driven by technology and innovation—and is an integral part of our mission to build and sustain a world-class manufacturing workforce in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
The DIDIVA initiative is a partner of the National Dream It. Do It. network as developed by the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and expanded to Virginia in 2007 by the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) and VMA. DIDIVA offers local manufacturers, schools, community-based organizations and other stakeholders the opportunity to partner with a respected platform to promote manufacturing as a top-tier career choice in the United States.
“The Manufacturing Leadership Judges were very impressed with the Virginia Manufacturers Association’s multi-faceted ‘Dream it. Do it. Virginia’ program which is improving the pipeline of modern manufacturing skills,” said Jeff Moad, research director and executive editor with the Manufacturing Leadership Community. “The VMA’s program serves as a model for how the manufacturing industry can and must increase the quality and quantity of skills in Virginia and beyond.”
VMA will be celebrated with other ML Award recipients from around the world at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 3-5 in Palm Beach, Florida.
The Virginia Manufacturers Association develops and advocates for constructive public policies and supports a broad array of business services and programs to help ensure that Virginia manufacturing companies can be productive, profitable and competitive in Virginia. Virginia’s 6,000+ manufacturers employ over 230,000 individuals, contribute $34 billion to the gross state product, and account for over 80% of the state’s exports to the global economy. For more about the VMA, please visit www.vamanufacturers.com.
About Dream It. Do It. Virginia
The Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) outreach and awareness network is a partner of the National Dream It. Do It. network as developed by the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and expanded to Virginia in 2007 by the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA). The DIDIVA network’s mission is to encourage people to explore and pursue advanced technology careers in Virginia, like manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, aviation, energy, information technology, healthcare and more. DIDIVA offers a free, online career resource tool built by Virginia’s advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting career opportunities and connect them with possible future employment, as well as a two-time award winning “So What Do You Do?” integrated marketing campaign featured in all its media. For more information, visit www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.