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Featured Event: Small Business Opportunities with U.S. Army ERDC on December 14th, 2022

Small Business Opportunities with U.S. Army ERDC

Introducing ERDCWERX and its partnership with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

By WestGate Academy

Date and time:  Wed, December 14, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Location:  Online

About this event:  As PTACs are encouraged to support small businesses in pursuit of Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) and other opportunities with the federal government, we would like to introduce ERDCWERX—government partner of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).  ERDCWERX, an innovation hub of DEFENSEWERX, provides a streamlined path to collaboration and contracting with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). ERDCWERX events, tech challenges, and other opportunities make it easier and faster for innovators to propose solutions for consideration by ERDC. As a result of ERDCWERX’s partnership with ERDC, a growing number of contracts and agreements are being awarded to industry and academia.

During the session, you'll hear from ERDCWERX Deputy Director Janice Karcher as well as ERDC representatives and learn about:

• U.S. Army ERDC and its focus areas

• Tech challenges, Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), Commercial Solutions Openings (CSOs) and other opportunities for small businesses to collaborate with ERDC

• Licensing ERDC technology

• Ways to receive project announcements

Speaker Bio:

As Deputy Director, Janice Karcher’s role at ERDCWERX includes the support of ERDC innovation and commercialization including the strategic engagement of industry and academic partners.  Karcher is an economic development professional with over 30 years of experience, specializing in manufacturing growth and competitiveness as well as economic diversification, sustainability, and inclusive growth. Past projects include manufacturing best practice consultation, large site redevelopment and regional collaboration as well as business start-up, retention, and attraction. Karcher has deep experience in project management, strategic planning, financial management, marketing and outreach, team building, and investor relations.  For more information, visit and

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Samantha Nelson, Program Manager, Purdue Foundry at WestGate, at .  RSVP at .

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