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Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) 


A new Federal partnership, the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create a competitive climate for communities to attract manufacturing jobs and investment.  The IMCP encourages communities to devise comprehensive economic development strategies that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains as well as improve support for existing manufacturing businesses and workers.

Below is a three-step approach to building an IMCP strategy:

  • Backbone: Build an organizational backbone with the insight needed to strengthen manufacturing and fully support the work that follows.
  • Assessment: Conduct a community self-assessment of the local industrial ecosystem (i.e., the whole range of physical, capital, and human resource components needed for manufacturing activities) to identify current strengths and deficiencies.
  • Tune-up: Develop a comprehensive and transformational tune-up strategy that can be sustained over time. 

Up to 12 communities developing winning strategies will receive a designation of “Manufacturing Community” that gives them elevated consideration for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 10 cabinet departments/agencies.  These communities would also potentially receive additional catalytic federal investments to support their economic development strategies.

IMCP Playbook Flow Chart

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FACT SHEET: Attracting Manufacturing Investment in American Communities

To compete in an increasingly global economy, the United States must come up with innovative strategies that will lead to economic growth and job creation around the country.  The ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership’ (IMCP) seeks to enhance the way we leverage federal economic development funds to encourage American communities to focus not only on attracting individual investments one at a time, but transforming into globally-competitive manufacturing hubs.


An administration-wide initiative led by the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce, the ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership’ encourages communities to devise comprehensive economic development strategies that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chain.  IMCP specifically brings together the resources of multiple federal departments and agencies involved in economic development.


In Phase One of the of the Investing in Manufacturing Com m unities Partnership, 44 communities were awarded a total of $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 entities to expand the area’s commercial appeal to investors.

 

Phase Two of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership 

In Phase Two of the IMCP, up to 12 communities that come up with winning strategies will receive a designation of “Manufacturing Community” that gives them elevated consideration for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 10 cabinet departments / agencies.  These communities would also potentially receive additional catalytic federal investments to support their economic development strategies.  The IMCP is a critical component of the Department of Commerce’s “Open for Business Agenda,” which prioritizes trade and investment.


In order to earn the designation, communities must present strategies that identify technologies or industries in which they would be competitive in the future and would make investments in the following areas:

  • Workforce and training;
  • Supplier networks
  • Research and innovation;
  • Infrastructure / site development
  • Trade and international investment
  • Operational improvement and capital access

 

These communities will receive 

  • Elevated consideration for federal dollars and assistance across 10 cabinet departments /agencies, totaling $1.3 billion;
  • A dedicated federal liaison at these agencies who can act as their concierge to the specific services they need;
  • Subject to funding availability, challenge grants may become available to some awardees from the pool of designated manufacturing communities;
  • Recognition on a government website, accessible to prospective private investors (foreign and domestic alike) looking for information on communities’ competitive attributes.  


IMCP Competition Process 

  • Phase One: 44 communities were awarded with $200,000 planning grants – a total of $7 million.
  • Phase Two: Communities must apply by March 14, 2014 to be considered.  Eligibility for Phase Two is not contingent on having won Phase One.

 

IMCP Participating Agencies 

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
  • Department of Transportation
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Delta Regional Authority
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Science Foundation
  • Small Business Administration