EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

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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).

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendees
  3. IMCP Presentation
  4. CU-ICAR
  5. IMCP Project Summary
  6. Greenville Tech Advanced Manufacturing

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