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Obama Administration Officials Announce $7m In Grants and Investments to Revitalize American Manufacturing

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Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and Small Business Administration, release first round of "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership" funding

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Acting Small Business Administrator Jeanne A. Hulit, today announced the winners of the first funding phase of the "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership" (IMCP), an Obama administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and create jobs in cities across the country. The $7 million in grants and other investments being announced today are the first round of funding in a major reform effort to reward communities for creating globally competitive environments that attract, retain, and expand investment in manufacturing and spur international trade and exports. These grants and investments will help communities develop plans to build strengths in specific industries through:
Workforce training
Specialized research
Strengthened supply chains
Improved transportation and energy infrastructure
Export promotion
Better access to capital

"The IMCP is a program that challenges communities around the country to coordinate their resources for strategies on economic development," said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "These planning grants and investments provide an opportunity for communities to design plans that help revitalize American manufacturing, attract investment, and strengthen our economy."

"There is unlimited potential in the years ahead to create good, new manufacturing jobs in rural America," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Through the work of the White House Rural Council, this Administration has been working hard to magnify economic opportunities in rural areas. Today's announcement is one more example of how federal agencies are successfully partnering to create jobs while expanding the nation's manufacturing output."

"EPA's role in the development and implementation of the IMCP program and our focus on Brownfields Area-Wide Planning efforts will help communities support manufacturing and create jobs," said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. "This partnership will make a visible difference in communities across the country."

"IMCP is a vital resource for small manufacturers that are ready to grow, expand and create jobs in their communities," said Acting U.S. Small Business Administrator Jeanne Hulit. "These small manufacturers help drive our economic growth, and SBA's investment helps build stronger supply chains here at home to strengthen small businesses in communities across America."

This first phase of the program provides 44 planning grants and investments totaling $7 million to support the creation of economic development strategies that recognize the community's comparative advantages as a place to do business, invest in public goods, and encourage collaboration between multiple different entities to expand the area's commercial appeal to investors.

Grants and investments awarded in 2013 will help communities undertake the strategic planning necessary to compete for the IMCP Challenge being launched in fall 2013 and awarded in the spring of 2014. In the 2014 Challenge competition, the Administration will designate stand-out "Manufacturing Communities" and give them an advantage in securing grants and investments through programs offered by 10 federal departments and agencies across the government. Moreover, top "Manufacturing Communities" may receive large IMCP Challenge grants and investments to finance -- in partnership with industry and localities -- substantial economic development investments such as workforce training, business parks or incubators, or infrastructure.

IMCP was first announced in April 2013.

More information on the FY14 IMCP Challenge will be available in the Federal Register in fall 2013.

The following is a list of winners of the 2013 strategy grants and investments. Descriptions of each project can be found at www.commerce.gov/IMCP.

The U.S. Department of Commerce ($4.4 million)
Bi-State Regional Commission and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Rock Island, Illinois
Burke Partnership for Economic Development, Morganton, North Carolina
Butte Local Development Corporation, Butte, Montana
California State University at Fresno, Fresno, California
Campus Research Corporation, Tucson, Arizona
Centralina Council of Governments, Charlotte, North Carolina
China Lake Technologies, LLC, Ridgecrest, California
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Palm Springs, California
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Disputanta, Virginia
Development Projects, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois, Peoria, Illinois
Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix, Arizona
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District of The Dalles, The Dalles, Oregon
Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou, Maine
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Piedmont Triad Partnership, Greensboro, North Carolina
Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Providence, Rhode Island
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey
South Carolina Council on Competiveness, Columbia, South Carolina
South Sioux City, Nebraska
Tech20/20, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Yuma County, Arizona

The Environment Protection Agency ($1.3 million)
North Branch Works/ LEED Council, Chicago, Illinois
Atlanta, Georgia
Toledo, Ohio
The Enterprise Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Environmental Health Coalition, National City, California
Lowell, Massachusetts
Monaca, Pennsylvania

The Small Business Administration ($766,000)
Entreworks Consulting, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Pennsylvania
Hickory Ground Solutions, LLC, Elizabethton, Kingsport, and Johnson City, Tennessee
Hickory Ground Solutions, LLC, Calumet, El Reno, Geary, Hinto, Kingfisher, Minco, Okarche, Piedmont, Union City, and Watonga, Oklahoma
Hickory Ground Solutions, LLC, Mecklenburg County, Halifax County, and Brunswick County, Virginia
The Flynt Group, Inc., Kansas City, Kansas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ($528,000)
Clear Water Economic Development Association, Lewiston, Idaho
Makoce Waste Development Corporation, Inc., Rapid City, South Dakota
Massachusetts MEP, Worcester, Massachusetts
Northern Forest Center, Essex County, Orleans County, and Caledonia County, Vermont
Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou, Maine
Quinault Indian Nation, Taholah, Washington

For more information on the entire IMCP, please visit http://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2013/04/17/fact-sheet-investing-manufacturing-communities-partnership.


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