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Study shows MEP program generating significant returns

May 03, 2018

Money the federal government invests in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program is generating a substantial economic and financial return and powering an additional 219,000 jobs, according to a new study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute. The study of FY 2017 data showed a 14.5:1 financial return for the $128 million invested by the federal government.

Each year, an independent firm surveys manufacturers regarding the impact they have achieved from MEP Center services. In 2017, MEP clients reported $12.6 billion new and retained sales of which $3.5 billion is new sales providing an economic stimulus of 27 to 1 (based on the $128 million federal investment). The study looked solely at personal income tax and not business taxes, and provides a conservative estimate of the return.

MEP is a federal public-private partnership that provides small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) technology-based services and is managed by NIST and the U.S. Department of Commerce, and implemented through a network of centers located in every state. MEP centers are not-for-profit organizations that employ a network of more than 1,300 industry experts who work directly with manufacturers in the field to improve productivity and enhance competitiveness.

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