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  • Pima County, partners receive $457,000 federal manufacturing grant

    Oct 04, 2013 | Read More News
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    Pima County is part of a government, education and business collaboration that has been awarded $457,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop a strategic plan for manufacturing in the southern Arizona and New Mexico region.
    This grant is pivotal to the next round of grant funding expected later this year.

    Pima County will join the following partners in working with Tech Parks Arizona, The University of Arizona, to build a regional strategy for manufacturing, utilizing the region’s strength in border technology.
    • Arizona Commerce Authority
    • City of Tucson
    • Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation
    • New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
    • New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network
    • Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO)

    The grant, which is being administered by Tech Parks Arizona, is part of the first round of $7 million in grants and other investments of the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP). IMCP is an Obama Administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and create jobs in cities across the country.

    This major effort will reward communities for creating globally competitive environments that attract, retain, and expand investment in manufacturing and spur international trade and exports. These grants and investments will help communities develop plans to build strengths in specific industries through:
    • Workforce training
    • Specialized research
    • Strengthened supply chains
    • Improved transportation and energy infrastructure
    • Export promotion
    • Better access to capital

    Pima County’s One-Stop Career Center is instrumental in providing workforce training in Pima County and has been working with industry and educators to improve manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain training to meet existing and anticipated employment needs. The County’s economic development plan includes improvements that would help make it a center of excellence for aerospace manufacturing and a road, rail and warehousing hub connecting California and Mexico ports to Arizona and national markets.

    IMCP 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.

    For more information on the entire IMCP, please visit