Northwest Georgia IMCP Manufacturing Community Designation

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program is one of the US Department of Commerce’s main initiatives to support job creation and accelerate manufacturing growth to make communities more globally competitive by transforming their industrial ecosystems into globally-competitive manufacturing hubs. IMCP does this through the support of long-term community-based economic development strategies designed to attract and expand private investment in manufacturing and promote international trade and exports.

The Northwest Georgia region was selected for one of 26 first-round Commerce awards made across the country in 2013. The award enabled the development of an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy initially focused on the region’s established Floor Covering industry.

In May 2014, the US Department of Commerce further designated the Northwest Georgia region as one of 12 Manufacturing Communities through the IMCP program. This two-year designation gives organizations that support the industry via the Northwest Georgia’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategy elevated status for certain federally-aligned grant programs.

Using the Designation

Organizations in the 15-county Northwest Georgia region, the areas outlined in the original application, are eligible to apply to use the designation. Only one organization per grant, per period may use the designation. As the lead agency, the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission facilitates selection of these organizations to use the designation via the Northwest Georgia IMCP Consortium.

To apply, please fill out and submit THIS FORM at least three weeks before your grant deadline.

Upcoming Grants and Form Deadlines

AgencyOpportunityApplication DeadlineDeadline for Consideration
National Science FoundationNational Science Foundation Advanced Technological EducationOctober 8 2015 September 24 2015
Small Business AdministrationRegional Innovation Cluster Initiative ServicesAugust 4 2015 July 21 2015

Search for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on

The NWGRC needs to receive your form by the Deadline for Consideration date listed in the table in order to be considered for the designation. If approved, applicants will receive a” Letter of IMCP Endorsement” or  “Letter of IMCP Support” from the Consortium to include in their grant application.

The IMCP Manufacturing Community designation is a new program through EDA; guidance is still being released.  Updates regarding the process will be posted here when available.


US. Department of Commerce Communities that Work Partnership Press Release – July 15, 2015

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Rural and Community Development SBIR
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August 19th, 2:00-5:00PM
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75 5th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Applications are due October 8th, but if a company wants to apply, they should begin the registration process now.

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IMCP Contacts

Deana Perry, Economic Development Representative
Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
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Leigh Hopkins, Project Manager
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
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