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).

US. Department of Commerce Communities that Work Partnership Press Release

The Brighter Future Newsletter – Spring Edition

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Request For Proposal: Implementation of Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. on December 5, 2014.

IMCP Winners Reception and Conversation Oct 29, 2014

IMCP Informal Community Gathering Agenda, October 29, 2014

IMCP National Summit Oct 30-31, 2014

IMCP National Summit Agenda, October 30-31, 2014
IMCP Summit Presentation by Leigh Hopkins

Manufacturing Day 2014Manufacturing Day is a growing grassroots movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today. The most pressing issue is a gap in skilled labor. 80 percent of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers they need. This gap continues to widen.

Manufacturers’ ability to address this issue has been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable and by insufficient preparatory education. Both of these problems stem from a lack of  understanding of present-day manufacturing environments, which are highly technical.

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EDA IMCP Designation and Next Steps- September 18th, 2014 Presentation to NWGRC Regional Council

Meeting Sign-In Sheets

Calhoun Times – Governor: Thousands of jobs, billions in capital investment in Northwest Georgia

The Georgia Manufacturing Survey (GMS) is a statewide study conducted every two to three years by Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy to assess the business and technological conditions of Georgia’s manufacturers.   Survey results are used to improve manufacturing assistance programs and regional innovation and sustainability initiatives in Georgia.  Results from the 2014 GMS are available. You can access a 12-page summary of results by clicking here http://www.gms-ei2.org/. The full report will be available soon.

Georgia Manufacturing Survey 2014

Georgia Tech Economic Development Research Program

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Working Group Agenda

Please plan to attend the next meeting for the Northwest Georgia IMCP Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, which will be held on Thursday, September 18th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center (auditorium), 1282 Highway 53 Spur, SW Calhoun, Georgia 30701. This working group meeting will be held immediately following the meeting of the Northwest Georgia Regional Council.

The purpose of this meeting is to once again break into our working groups: 1) workforce training and education, 2) infrastructure, 3) research, innovation & sustainability, 4) partnerships, and 5) marketing (new group), and continue the project implementation plans presented at our August 11th meeting. The working groups should focus on building a pathway toward implementing one or two key projects.

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“The 2015 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIAO)  was passed in a bipartisan effort by both the House and Senate, and signed into law by President Obama.  This legislation reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for six years, beginning in 2015 through 2020.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act will consolidate programs, align performance measures and program administration, and restores the state “set-aside” for flexible spending on workforce training.  Fifteen training programs will be eliminated including WIA incentive grants, WIA Pilots and Demonstration Projects, and the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF).  Youth and adult programs will use the same measures and will be combined into one plan.  The existing WIA structure is kept, including occupational training, adult basic education, literacy and English as a Second Language training, Wagner-Peyser; and Vocational Rehabilitation, and emphasizes training for at-risk youth. “