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May 27, 2021 News

The SMART Joint Group Program, Emergency Management Rapid Reaction & Recovery (EM R3) has added a Global Supplier membership component to this long standing and successful Program. Visit the Programs menu tab for further details.

May 25, 2021 News

This update will list our top priorities as we climb out of the global pandemic; contact SMART Executive Director Robert Carullo as needed at [email protected] or 609-304-2904.

First, administratively; we are in the process of updating our domain from smartstates.com to smart-states.org to better represent our NFP status and eliminate issues related to .com. The website has been changed and we are in the process of updating our e-mail addresses.

Rob Mazzuca, our Economic Development Group Chair is leading the SMART Emergency Management Rapid Reaction & Recovery Program team to support our federal agencies in acquisition of their PPE requirements, led by the VA. For further information and/or participation in the program, contact the team’s Business Development Director, Brian Hakan at [email protected]

Rob is adding a Global Supplier Membership for the EM R3 Team; details will be available on this website soon. For early info/application contact [email protected]

Debbie Burrell, SMART BoD and Health Care Group Chair, is leading our efforts to address the opioid crisis. She primarily focuses on needed, new State legislation and coordination with any related Federal efforts. She has also continued her role as the Chair of our annual convention, SMART PROC GOVCON, which was conducted this past January as a successful virtual event. Contact Debbie at [email protected]

Gordy Bryant is the Founder & Program Manager of the Drive Across America” program. Driving from Wildwood NJ to San Diego CA in the spring of 2022, this program, has two major purposes that focus on gathering national,  grass-roots data. First to support and identify the STEM Education/Workforce Development needs of the related and highly technical automotive, motorsports and aviation communities; second, conduct a charity benefit for Veterans Unfunded Health Care projects at each major stop. The data gathered will be presented on Capitol Hill to Congress, the Federal Executive Branch and Major Business as source data for public and private actions.  There are multiple secondary topics that will add to the scope of the program; Transportation Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Energy/Environment, etc.

During 2021, as local regulations allow, we will conduct short Demo Drives of the full route to build support for the full Drive in 2022. Contact Gordy at [email protected]

The Hon Amato Berardi, Member of Italian Parliament (2008-2013) and SMART International Group Dep Chair, Italy, is chairing the 1st Annual Mid-Atlantic Italian Medical Awards Dinner in Philadelphia. The event is a fund raiser for the National Kidney Foundation. We have slipped the date to Oct 14,  2021. Please contact [email protected] to get on our distribution list further info and updates.

Victor Webb, SMART International Group Dep Chair, will conduct a working session in NYC in the near term.

Carla Caulk, Sheraton Atlantic City, will host our Women In Science & Technology Conference #3 this Oct TBD. We expect an exec session in Aug or Sept to prep.