U.S. Agriculture and Commerce departments host California roundtable on manufacturing development

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 18, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Thursday, the White House and the U.S. Agriculture and Commerce Departments hosted an "Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership" (IMCP) roundtable in Woodland, California. The event was designed to provide feedback to the Administration on how they can support local manufacturing and give our our communities information on the IMCP grants.    CMTA was an invited and participating guest.

The IMCP is a new Administration-wide initiative to support and reward communities that:

  • Recognize their comparative advantages and develop implementation-ready plans.
  • Invest in public goods and institutions through public and private funding.
  • Encourage community links that reinforce and expand their commercial appeal to investors. 

Here's how it works. The IMCP will launch in four phases:

  • A consortium of federal agencies will hold six to eight listening sessions (like the roundtable in Woodland) throughout 2013, raising awareness around the country of the immediate grant opportunities, and seeking input on the 2014 pilot competition.
  • As many as 25 communities in 2013 will be awarded $200,000 each to create implementation strategies, which will initiate public-private partnership tailored to local expertise and assets.  Solicitations for the 2013 awards will be released in the coming weeks, and the awards are expected by fall.
  • The Fund would support five to six U.S. communities for competitively-selected awards in 2014, each receiving up to $25 million from the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, and the Fund would be supplemented by funding from other government agencies.
  • Meanwhile, the Commerce Department will lead an interagency effort that aligns economic development programs across the government.  This effort will bring together federal programs covering workforce training, technical assistance, specialized research and commercialization centers, infrastructure, and energy efficiency.

The roundtable was an informative discussion on all topics, but a few key quotes from the panelists follow:

"Manufacturing is a critical priority for California.  We must consider assets in the region and cast them in a contemporary way."  
Kish Rajan -- Director, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

"73 percent of small to medium size manufacturers have less than 20 employees.  Small manufacturers will lead the nation in any economic uptick."
Jim Watson -- President & CEO, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting

"We need our communities to be magnets for jobs in manufacturing.  It's all about setting up our communities to attract private investment."
Matt Bogoshian -- Senior Policy Counsel, Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. EPA.

If you are interested in more information or have questions, you can contact Gino DiCaro at 916-498-3347.

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