EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership


Funded through a partnership with the Economic Development Administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership and Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) is a new Administration-wide initiative that will accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and help cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country. The IMCP is designed to reward communities that demonstrate best practices in attracting and expanding manufacturing by using long-term planning that integrates targeted investments in workforce training, infrastructure, research, and other key assets. Special attention should be given to the role of small and medium sized manufacturing firms.

EDA will designate up to 12 “manufacturing communities” to be eligible for an array of benefits, including elevated consideration for federal investments across 10 cabinet departments totaling $1.3 billion. In order to earn the designation, communities must present strategies that identify technologies or industries in which their communities would be competitive in the future and would make investments, such as:

  1. Workforce and training
  2. Advanced research
  3. Infrastructure and site development
  4. Supply chain support
  5. Export promotion
  6. Capital access

Georgia Tech and the Core Group will develop the Northwest Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, a multi-year strategic plan focused on developing the floor-covering industry and providing the labor force necessary to support the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. We propose to seek funding for an innovation center modeled after University-Industry-Technical College-Community partnership centers such as Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

Project Materials:

  1. Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Project Summary
  2. Core Group Kickoff November 11, 2013 Minutes
  3. Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research summary

Contact: Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute- Leigh Hopkins, AICP leigh.hopkins@innovate.gatech.edu, or Northwest Georgia Regional Commission- David Howerin, dhowerin@nwgrc.org, or Julie Meadows, jmeadows@nwgrc.org.

The Northwest Georgia Regional Manufacturing Strategy is funded through an award from the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration  to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and  Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) and is part of a larger national initiative called the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).

EDA IMCP Advanced Manufacturing Strategy Working Group Meeting
Monday, August 11th from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Gordon County Agricultural Service Center auditorium, 1282 Highway 53 Spur, SW Calhoun, Georgia 30701

Draft Goals

Our next meeting for the IMCP Advanced Manufacturing Strategy will be held on Thursday July 31st from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center (auditorium). We know everyone is busy, so we’ll make this a working lunch. Boxed lunches will be provided. The purpose of this meeting is to break into our four working groups: 1) workforce training and education, 2) infrastructure, 3) research, innovation & sustainability, and 4) partnerships, and delve deeper into the strategies presented at our July 7th meeting. We will be working from the draft goals presented at the last meeting. Feel free to contact Leigh Hopkins with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (leigh.hopkins(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)innovate.gatech.edu) with any questions in the meantime or visit the NWGRC Advanced Manufacturing Strategy project page, and we look forward to seeing you on the 11th!

CUICAR Site Visit Agenda
Greenville Tech Advanced Manufacturing

IMCP Draft Goals Meeting Comments
Notes from IMCP Implementation Meeting
IMCP Meeting Agenda Implementation Committee Meeting

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IMCP Meeting Agenda: Visioning Workshop
IMCP Core Group Visioning Workshop Notes

EDA IMCP Designation of Manufacturing Communities Press Release, May 28, 2014

15-county Northwest Georgia region tapped for manufacturing partnership- Rome News Tribune, May 29, 2014

Northwest Georgia selected as one of 12 regions in $1.3B manufacturing initiative- Atlanta Business Journal, May 29, 2014

2014.6.20 IMCP Aligned Programs Description

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Northwest Georgia Region and Tennessee Valley Recognized as Promising Manufacturing Communities in National IMCP Competition

May 2014

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the first 12 communities that will be designated “Manufacturing Communities” as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The Northwest Georgia region and the Tennessee Valley were two of the communities designated.

The U.S. Department of Commerce–led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.

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The Brighter Future Newsletter – Spring Edition

Northwest Georgia Regional Manufacturing Team:

Please plan to attend the Northwest Georgia Regional Manufacturing Strategy Vision and Mission workshop, May 29, 2014 from 10 am-noon.  We’ll meet at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy, 2300 Maddox Chapel Rd, Dalton, GA 30721,  in the Multipurpose Room.  Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute will lead the Team in developing a mission and vision for the Regional Manufacturing Strategy.  This will be an interactive workshop, designed to come to consensus about the direction of advanced manufacturing in the region– everyone’s input will craft the mission and vision.

Your participation on May 29th is  critical!  The regional mission and vision will determine those next steps needed to make lasting improvements in sustainability, workforce development, and innovation, areas most relevant to the floor-covering industry.

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IMCP Meeting Agenda: Visioning Workshop
May 29, 2014
10:00am – 12:00pm
Dalton College and Career Academy (Multipurpose Room)

Georgia Tech uses grant to support state flooring industry, February 19, 2014