To “accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and help cultivate an environment for businesses to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in regions across the country,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on May 28 named the first 12 communities that will receive federal aid to attract global companies under the Obama administration's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.
IMCP, launched last September, is an Administration-wide initiative that aims to link federal agencies with local governments to make them more competitive in attracting foreign manufacturers and their supply chains.
“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. “
The first 12 IMCP Manufacturing Communities are:
● Southwest Alabama
● Southern California
● Northwest Georgia
● The Chicago metro region
● South Kansas
● The Greater Portland region in Maine
● Southeastern Michigan
● The New York Finger Lakes region
● The Southwestern Ohio Aerospace region
● The Tennessee Valley
● The Washington Puget Sound region
● The Milwaukee 7 region
More on why these communities were designated as centers of manufacturing on IndustryWeek.