U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has released the names of the first 12 communities to be designated as ‚ÄúManufacturing Communities‚Äù under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.
The 12 designated IMCP Manufacturing Communities are as follows:
- The New York Finger Lakes Region, led by the City of Rochester
- Southern California, led by the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development
- The Chicago metro region, led by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
- Southeastern Michigan, led by the Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine
- The Washington Puget Sound region, led by the Puget Sound Regional Council
- Southwest Alabama, led by the University of South Alabama
- Northwest Georgia, led by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
- South Kansas, led by Wichita State University
- Greater Portland region in Maine, led by the Great Portland Council of Governments
- Southwestern Ohio Aerospace Region, led by the City of Cincinnati
- The Tennessee Valley, led by the University of Tennessee
- The Milwaukee 7 region, led by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee
The IMCP designation is going to provide a huge boost to these 12 communities, because they will now receive preference and targeted support for strengthening regional manufacturing from 11 federal agencies with $1.3 billion in economic development funds at their disposal.
As a designated Manufacturing Community, each of these 12 communities will also get their own federal liaison, along with branding and promotion on federal resources to help attract private investment and partnerships.
IMCP was first launched in April 2013. The U.S. Economic Development Administration and other agencies awarded $7 million in IMCP implementation strategy grants in Sept 2013 to 44 communities. These grants helped the communities develop long-term economic development plans, which in turn helped them compete for this designation as a Manufacturing Community.
A total of 70 communities applied for the designation, out of which these 12 were selected by an interagency panel based on the strengths of their economic development plans, depths of public-private partnerships available to carry out the plans, and the impact of the plans on the community.
Later this year, a second IMCP competition will be launched that will result in more communities being designated.
This entire process has also thrown up new ways of developing and implementing economic development plans that match the changing global economy and increasing focus on advanced manufacturing. The federal government therefore plans to convene all 70 communities who applied to share the best practices in economic development planning.
Quotes from federal, state and regional leaders and economic development officials on the IMCP Manufacturing Community designations:-
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker – ‚ÄúThe 12 Manufacturing Communities announced today represent a diverse group of communities with the most comprehensive economic development plans to attract business investment that will increase their competitiveness.‚Äù
Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren – ‚ÄúI am thrilled that Rochester‚Äôs value as a global manufacturing hub with unlimited potential is being recognized by the Department of Commerce and the Obama Administration.‚Äù
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ‚Äì ‚ÄúThis designation by the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program ensures Chicago‚Äôs place as a leader in advanced manufacturing. I applaud the efforts of our partners at the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development to attain this designation, World Business Chicago and my economic development team in their ongoing work to expand manufacturing and increase exports across the region.‚Äù
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – “We‚Äôve been aggressive‚Äîtoday‚Äôs announcement is the result of us being loud and clear in Washington that we‚Äôre serious about investing in jobs here in California.”
GO-Biz (California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development) Director Kish Rajan – ‚ÄúSouthern California‚Äôs designation as a national manufacturing community further underscores California‚Äôs place as the U.S. leader in manufacturing companies, jobs and output.‚Äù
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp ‚Äì ‚ÄúThe LAEDC wishes to thank the co-leaders on the application, USC and City of Los Angeles, with special acknowledgement to the leadership of City of LA Mayor Garcetti.‚Äù
You can see a detailed summary of economic development strategies developed by each of the 12 communities on the eda.gov website.