CREC Project News and Updates

‘First 12 Manufacturing Communities’ Receive Bipartisan Boost

March 7, 2016

A new bill would create a long-term program to competitively award regions with the “Manufacturing Community” designation and associated funding benefits. Winning communities given the designation would move to the front of the line when applying for up to $1.3 billion in available federal economic development funding for manufacturing.

This comes off the heels of President Barak Obama’s 2013 Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).

Read more about the long-term plan and how the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institutes have emerged as centerpieces of U.S. push to increase competitiveness of advanced manufacturing at


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