NADO Members Receive Make It in America Challenge and Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Grants

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On October 22, the U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/) announced the 10 winners (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/challenges/MakeItInAmerica/winners NULL.htm) of the $20.5 million Make it in America Challenge (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/news/press-releases/2012/09/25/obama-administration-announces-40-million-initiative-challenge-busine). The program’s goal is to accelerate job creation and encourage business investment in the United States through support for regional economic development, advanced skills training, greater supply chain access, and other enhancements. Of the 10 projects selected, four recipients are NADO members:

  • Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (http://www NULL.buckeyehills NULL.org/) (OH) will use a $1.7 million award to identify, research, and document attributes of up to 1,000 development sites in the region, make the findings available online, and create a GIS database and maps spotlighting characteristics of those sites and of regional economic and workforce development assets to draw the attention of developers and site selectors. The project also includes workforce training focused on targeted industries including metal fabrication, polymers and chemicals, and wood furniture manufacturing. Misty Casto serves as the Executive Director of the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District.
  • SEDA Council of Governments (http://www NULL.seda-cog NULL.org/Pages/Home NULL.aspx) (PA) will use a $1.8 million award to support PA Made Again, an initiative focused on promoting job creation, growth, and retention in manufacturing by building networks of industrial clusters. The initiative will facilitate collaboration among manufacturers, colleges, and research institutions in the area, while developing a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers, all with the goal of generating foreign and domestic investor interest. Dennis Robinson serves as the Executive Director of the SEDA Council of Governments.
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (OR) (http://www NULL.mwvcog NULL.org:8080/2) will use a $1.7 million grant to develop industries that utilize advanced  manufacturing processes to accelerate, grow, and maintain industrial activity in the region. Project activities will include supply chain market research, manufacturing sector support, outreach to targeted industries, and technical assistance. There will also be a focus on job training, skill enhancement, and leadership development for businesses in the region’s advanced manufacturing industry sector. Nancy Boyer serves as the Executive Director of the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments.
  • Three Rivers Planning and Development District (MS) (http://www NULL.trpdd NULL.com/) and Mississippi State University will use a $1.9 million award to strengthen the automotive and furniture manufacturing cluster supply chains in the region and drive job creation, business formation, export promotion, and foreign direct investment activity. The project includes the creation of an internship program with cooperating advanced manufacturers and a series of intensive, certificate-based workshops that are designed to develop a more competitive workplace. Randy Kelly serves as the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District.

Descriptions of each project funding by the Make it in America Challenge can be found here (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/challenges/MakeItInAmerica/winners NULL.htm).

Recently, the partnership of the U.S. Department of Commerce (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/), Environmental Protection Agency (http://www NULL.epa NULL.gov/), Small Business Administration (http://www NULL.sba NULL.gov/), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome) announced the first round of Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/news/fact-sheets/2013/04/17/fact-sheet-investing-manufacturing-communities-partnership) funds, which totaled $7 million. The grants are focused on accelerating the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States by rewarding communities for creating globally competitive environments that attract, retain, and expand investment in manufacturing and spur international trade and exports. Several NADO members received IMCP grants:

  • Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (http://www NULL.riedc NULL.com/) received a $100,000 grant to develop a strategy for establishing the Rhode Island Design and Manufacturing Center to help manufacturers, inventors, and researchers advance the revitalization of Rhode Island’s manufacturing sector. Marcel Valois serves as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
  • Centralina Council of Governments (http://www NULL.centralina NULL.org/) (NC) received a $200,000 grant to develop a multi-faceted, implementation-ready strategy to advance the region’s advanced manufacturing sector. Jim Prosser serves as the Executive Director of Centralina Council of Governments.
  • Northern Maine Development Commission (http://www NULL.nmdc NULL.org/) received two grants from the IMCP program. The first, a $200,000 grant, was awarded to facilitate business and job opportunities and advance regional competitiveness through the Biomass Clean Tech Manufacturing Cluster Strategic Plan, which is aimed at advancing the design and manufacture of biomass heating appliances in Northern Maine. The second grant, totaling $75,000 of USDA Rural Development funds, will be used to develop a strategy to attract a European manufacturer of biomass heating appliances to the region. Robert Clark serves as the Executive Director of Northern Maine Development Commission.
  • Bi-State Regional Commission (IL) (http://bistateonline NULL.org/) will use a $162,5000 grant to develop a plan for the creation of a regional advanced manufacturing innovation hub that will help diversify the region’s economy by focusing on the growth of the vital metal and multi-materials manufacturing cluster. Denise Bulat serves as Executive Director of the Bi-State Regional Commission.
  • Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (http://www NULL.buckeyehills NULL.org/) (OH), Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (http://www NULL.eastgatecog NULL.org/) (OH),  Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (http://www NULL.nefcoplanning NULL.org/), and Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (http://www NULL.omegadistrict NULL.org/) will partner with Ohio State University to implement a $199,766 grant to develop a strategy for how the eastern Ohio region can foster long-term economic stability out of shale gas development. Misty Casto serves as Executive Director of the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District; John Getchey serves as Executive Director of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments; Joseph Hadley serves as Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization; and Greg DiDonato serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association.
  • Clearwater Economic Development Association (http://www NULL.clearwater-eda NULL.org/) (ID) will use a USDA Rural Development grant of $80,000 to create a long-term economic development strategy for the region that includes more than 40 manufacturing businesses. Christine Frei serves as Executive Director of Clearwater Economic Development Association.

Descriptions of each project can be found here (http://www NULL.commerce NULL.gov/IMCP).

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