2016 IMCP Summit

Department of Commerce
By Jay Williams

IMCP communities after the White House Executive Session and Best Practices Session with Industry Leaders

November 1, 2016

Since taking office, protecting and growing our country’s critical manufacturing sector has been a key focus of the Obama administration.

Early on, there was doubt if the U.S. manufacturing sector would ever begin to grow again.

But today, even in the face of global headwinds, there are 828,000 more American jobs in manufacturing than six years ago, and companies are looking to fill more than 350,000 jobs.

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Mike Dozier, Office of Community & Economic Development, Fresno State; Julie Wenah, U.S. Economic Development Administration; Trish Kelly, Valley Vision

Small Factories Emerge as a Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty

The New York Times
By Nelson D. Schwartz

October 28, 2016

BALTIMORE — James Branch’s life seemed destined to follow a familiar arc in the streets that surround the Marlin Steel factory, where he bends metal from sunrise until near dark.

He fathered a child while in high school, dropped out, then spent a dozen years selling drugs. He went to prison and, afterward, squatted in abandoned houses in West Baltimore. He worked the fryer at Popeyes and fought the temptation to go back to dealing on street corners that many Americans will know from the television series “The Wire.”

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EDA Awards $250,000 to Advance Central Valley Ag Manufacturing

For Immediate Release
Sep 22, 2016

EDA Awards $250,000 to Advance Central Valley Ag Manufacturing

Sacramento, Chico, Fresno, and Central Sierra partnering regions lead AgPLUS Initiative

SACRAMENTO, CA – Valley Vision Managing Director Trish Kelly was notified today by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that California’s Central Valley will be awarded $250,000 to carry out implementation activities as part of the Valley’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).

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U.S Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces 2016 Market Development Cooperator Program Award Recipients

Office of Public Affiars

September 12, 2016

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the five recipients of the Department’s 2016 Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) awards. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, The Maritime Alliance, and the U.S.-China Environmental Education Foundation will share more than $1.3 million in financial and technical assistance from Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) to support projects that improve the global competitiveness of U.S. industries.

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