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newly redesignated manufacturing communities are dedicated to
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has redesignated 12
diverse communities as Manufacturing Communities as a part of the
Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative
until 2018.
The communities were all initially designated under the first
round of the IMCP competition in 2014. The IMCP is a U.S.
Department of Commerce-led program 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.
"These IMCP-designated communities are doing their part
to develop comprehensive strategies to strengthen the local
manufacturing sector and to attract business investment that
makes our nation more globally competitive," Secretary Pritzker says. "This administration's commitment to working with
local and federal partners on economic development and technical assistance supports President Obama's goal of bolstering
manufacturing, expanding exports and creating good-paying
jobs for American workers."
To earn the initial designation, communities had to demonstrate the strength of an existing manufacturing industry in
their region/community and develop strategies to make investments in six areas: workforce and training; research and
innovation; infrastructure and site development; supply chain
support; trade and international investment; and operational
improvement and capital access.
"The redesignated communities have demonstrated great
strength and have become increasingly committed to improv-

ing their regional manufacturing ecosystems," says Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. "Manufacturers' ability to innovate, to make and to
sell to the world is critical to local economies and our nation's
economy. I applaud these 12 communities for their efforts,
which contribute to this country's economic success."
The 12 Redesignated Manufacturing Communities are:
> Southwest Alabama, led by the University of South Alabama;
> Southern California, led by the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development;
> Northwest Georgia, led by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission;
> The Chicago metro region, led by the Cook County Bureau
of Economic Development;
> South Kansas, led by Wichita State University;
> Greater Portland region in Maine, led by the Great Portland Council of Governments;
> Southeastern Michigan, led by the Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine;
> The New York Finger Lakes, led by the city of Rochester;
> Southwestern Ohio Aerospace Region, led by Cincinnati;
> The Tennessee Valley, led by the University of Tennessee;
> The Washington Puget Sound region, led by the Washington Department of Commerce; and
> The Milwaukee 7 region, led by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee. mt
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