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52 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2020 shortage of technically skilled workers, to name a few. Workforce Champions The electronics industry has a responsibil- ity to train the workers of tomorrow, recog- nizing that many of those job descriptions haven't even been thought of yet. Over the last two years, IPC has doubled down on its longstanding commitment to address- ing the skills gaps affecting the electronics industry (see my August column). At IPC APEX EXPO 2020, we will be unveiling new worker credentialing programs that will fur- ther drive excellence. We'll also renew our call for government policies and initiatives that more effectively link workforce educa- tion programs with job opportunities. Industry Intelligence Consistent with IPC's role as the eyes and ears of the electronics industry, we will be announcing several initiatives to expand our research and insight programs, includ- ing a landmark study by IPC's new Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac, on the many economic contributions of our industry. Many of the deliverables of our expanded research program will be useful in planning your business strategies and educating poli- cymakers as well. Opportunities to Engage and Learn Throughout the show, we will have numer- ous opportunities to learn from and engage with each other. For example, the IPC GR team will be par- ticipating in many of the industry standards discussions that are relevant to government policies, such as the groups that are develop- ing materials declaration standards, halogen- free materials guidance documents, and the trusted electronic designer, fabricator, and assemblers standards. Please contact me if you have thoughts or questions on any standards- related issue. Members of the IPC North American Gov- ernment Relations Committee, who provide essential input for our advocacy work, will gather for their next meeting on February 3. The meeting is by invitation only, but anyone interested in the work of the GR Committee is invited to contact Ken Schramko, IPC senior director of North American government rela- tions, for more details. The IPC Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Committee will gather on February 5 to discuss EHS policies, research priorities, and upcoming happenings that are applicable to electronics manufacturers. This meeting is also by invitation only, but anyone interested is invited to contact Kelly Scanlon, IPC director of EHS policy and research, for more details. Speaking of EHS issues, on February 4, Kelly will lead an open session on Califor- nia's environmental regulations, with expert contributions from Michael Easter, principal of EnSIGHT—a California-based consulting firm—and Carol Monahan Cummings, chief counsel of the California Office of Environ- mental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). And it wouldn't be a complete business con- ference without a networking reception! On February 4 from 4:00–5:00 p.m., all IPC APEX EXPO attendees are invited to join us for a GR- team-sponsored reception titled, "From D.C. to Brussels, Beijing, and Beyond: How IPC Advo- cates for Your Company and How You Can Get Involved." We'll have an open bar, light snacks, and a few tips and tools for you to make your voice heard by your government officials. See you in San Diego! DESIGN007 Chris Mitchell is IPC's VP of global government affairs. Contact him at, and view his columnist page here. The electronics industry has a responsibility to train the workers of tomorrow...

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