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.
This playbook offers any community a three-step approach to building such a strategy and describes existing Federal grant and technical assistance resources that communities can use to put that strategy into practice:
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.