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U.S. Commerce Department Names Next 12 Manufacturing Communities

July 09, 2015

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the designation of 12 new communities as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. This second round of manufacturing communities was selected by an interagency panel to receive targeted support from 11 different federal agencies and programs. The IMCP initiative is intended to accelerate U.S. manufacturing by investing in partnerships and long-term economic development strategies in key regions. More than $1 billion in federal assistance will be available to the 12 designated communities.

IMCP is designed to foster regional partnerships around particular manufacturing sectors in which the regions have a competitive advantage. In order to apply, these partnerships must have a strategic plan that addresses workforce and supply chain challenges, infrastructure, research and innovation, capital access, and operational improvement for manufacturing companies. The first twelve manufacturing communities were named last May, and received a dedicated federal liaison at each of the participating agencies to help them navigate federal resources.

The second round of designees includes:

Read the announcement at: http://www.eda.gov/news/press-releases/2015/07/08/imcp.htm

manufacturing, federal agency