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Lansing Region lands coveted Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Designation

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May 28, 2014

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Lansing Region lands coveted Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Designation

As part of Advance Michigan coalition, Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties will have preferential access to $1.3 billion in federal funding to support advanced manufacturing initiatives

 

LANSING, MI- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that Advance Michigan, a groundbreaking collaboration between the cities of Lansing, Flint, Pontiac, Detroit, Ann Arbor and 13 surrounding counties, has been awarded an Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) designation by the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The Advance Michigan coalition was formed to help Michigan's manufacturing communities leverage federal funding opportunities to rebuild and sustain a shared, advanced manufacturing future.  The designation, one of 12 awarded today across the nation, opens the door to key federal resources to help catalyze and shift the regional economy quickly, ensure a ready workforce, accelerate research and development, and maximize market positioning for manufacturers and emerging technologies.

“Winning an IMCP designation truly is a feather in the cap of the extraordinary coalition that came together to ensure that advanced manufacturing continues to drive growth and prosperity in Michigan,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.  “It is further proof that we are indeed stronger when we work together.”

The Advance Michigan initiative is led by Wayne County EDGE, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). The coalition’s IMCP designation is a two-year award that brings with it funding preference for more than $1.3 billion available from 16 federal departments and agencies, including Commerce, Defense, Education, HUD, Labor, Transportation, EPA, and the National Science Foundation.

Advance Michigan involves over 170 partners, including Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Capital Area Michigan Works!, University Research Corridor, Lansing Community College Business and Community Institute as well as the counties of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham,  Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne.  Over 5.6 million people live and work throughout the Advance Michigan region and over $36 billion of the State of Michigan’s manufacturing output is produced within it.

“This designation brings with it the potential for the Lansing region to receive additional federal funding needed to help support the Lansing region’s advanced manufacturing sector. The designation reconfirms that our state and overall region is a global powerhouse when it comes to manufacturing research and development,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. 

The Advance Michigan collaboration has formed an ongoing governance committee to coordinate, strategize, and prioritize federal asks for the region.

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The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit www.purelansing.com.