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The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers is holding their Spring Training Conference Atlanta, GA from April 21, 2013 - April 25, 2013.  They are calling for presentation proposals on the Conference Theme: The Imperatives of Today's Public Contracting.

The Federal Trade Commission announced their newly revised Green Guides, designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive.

The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) announced that American Honda Motor Co Inc., Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., Nissan North America Inc. and Subaru of America Inc. have become members of SP.  SP is an innovative collaboration between automobile manufacturers, their suppliers, and the U.S. EPA.

The Department of Commerce released the Sustainable Manufacturing 101 Module, a series of PowerPoint training lessons which serve as an introduction to sustainable manufacturing.  The module consolidates information from a variety of expert sources into one unit that can be used by those with limited knowledge of sustainability.

The New and Improved E3 Initiative website is now live!  

Commerce and Transportation Departments Forge Partnership to Boost Domestic Manufacturing Across America

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. suppliers through transportation investments.

The Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will help to ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) strict “Buy America” and “Buy American” standards, connecting U.S. manufacturers and suppliers for work on highways, railways and transit projects, and in the process help to create jobs.

EDA releases Cluster Mapping Tool

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), along with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, launched the beta version of the U.S. Cluster Mapping Web site, a new tool that can assist innovators and small business in creating jobs and spurring regional economic growth.

The site, accessible at www.clustermapping.us, provides cluster initiatives and other economic development organizations an opportunity to register in a national database. The registry allows initiatives to showcase their activities and events to a wider public, search for appropriate partners across the nation, and learn from best practice examples of their peers. The site also provides free access to a rich database on the profile and performance of clusters and regional economies.