Posted 1 year ago
By Ashley Hinker
Commerce, Agriculture, EPA and SBA release first round of “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” funding with recipients in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Acting Small Business Administration Administrator Jeanne A. Hulit, today announced the winners of the first funding phase of the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP), an Obama Administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and create jobs in cities across the country.
The $7 million in grants and other investments announced today are the first round of funding in a major reform effort to reward communities for creating globally competitive environments that attract, retain, and expand investment in manufacturing and spur international trade and exports. The grants will support workforce training; specialized research; strengthening supply chains; improving transportation and energy infrastructure; export promotion and better access to capital.
“Three of the funding grants have been awarded in the SBA’s Region 7 in communities struggling for a variety of reasons, and should help them with their specific problems,” said Region 7 Administrator Patricia Brown-Dixon, who oversees SBA in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded a grant of $126,422 to the Kansas City Central Industrial District (Kansas City, Missouri) — Flynt Group Inc. Kansas City, and particularly the Central Industrial District of the city, experienced a mass disruption in 1993 due to the Missouri River’s Great Flood. In 1998, a massive urban fire consumed many of the remaining manufacturing facilities. The area (which has significant intermodal and geographic advantages), is beginning to rebuild, and stakeholders are committed to utilize Flynt’s proposed supply chain analysis and matchmaking services.
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce awarded a grant of $39,000 to South Sioux City, Nebraska to support the Planting Seeds to Grow Manufacturing in Dakota County Nebraska project, a collaborative planning effort that will bring together the key stakeholders to address the shortage of a skilled and trained workforce in support of business and industry expansions and to attract new manufacturing firms;
…and, a grant of $200,000 to Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy to identify, verify, refine, and prioritize key tactical manufacturing ecosystem investments and strategically align resources to support the region’s advanced manufacturing sector.
“IMCP is a vital resource for small manufacturers that are ready to grow, expand and create jobs in their communities,” said Acting U.S. Small Business Administrator Jeanne Hulit. “These small manufacturers help drive our economic growth, and SBA’s investment helps build stronger supply chains here at home to strengthen small businesses in communities across America.”
This first phase of the program provides 44 planning grants and investments totaling $7 million to support the creation of economic development strategies that recognize the community’s comparative advantages as a place to do business, invest in public goods, and encourage collaboration between multiple different entities to expand the area’s commercial appeal to investors.
Grants and investments awarded in 2013 will help communities undertake the strategic planning necessary to compete for the IMCP Challenge being launched in fall 2013 and awarded in the spring of 2014. In the 2014 Challenge competition, the Administration will designate stand-out “Manufacturing Communities” and give them an advantage in securing grants and investments through programs offered by 10 federal departments and agencies across the government. Moreover, top “Manufacturing Communities” may receive large IMCP Challenge grants and investments to finance – in partnership with industry and localities – substantial economic development investments such as workforce training, business parks or incubators, or infrastructure.
IMCP was first announced in April 2013.
More information on the FY14 IMCP Challenge will be available in the Federal Register in fall 2013.
A full list of winners of the 2013 strategy grants and investments, with descriptions of each project, can be found at www.commerce.gov/IMCP.