DRIVING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
About Advance Michigan
ADVANCE MICHIGAN IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DETROIT, FLINT, PONTIAC, LANSING, WARREN, AND ANN ARBOR AND THEIR SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
INVESTING IN MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP (IMCP)
Partners from a 13-county region anchored by the cities of Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Pontiac, Warren, and Ann Arbor were awarded the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation in June of 2014. Upon award, 12- nationally designated communities had access to $1.2 billion in federal funding from at least 16 federal departments looking to support the growth of manufacturing jobs and
related prosperity. Though the program expired in June 2018 and the new administration allowed it to sunset, the collaboration lives on in the form of the American Manufacturing Communities Coalition.
IMCP promised to catalyze and shift the regional economy, providing crucial investment and technical support to ensure a ready workforce, accelerate R&D, and maximize market positioning for manufacturers and emerging technologies. Although Congress never fully funded the program, President Obama’s administration prioritized funding as available under a statute from the 11 participating federal agencies.
In the 2014 application, partners developed a fully-integrated set of strategies to ensure a ready workforce; support for business development, innovation and job creation; and technical and other support for firms, including improvements in site development and infrastructure, access to capital, and process improvement strategies.
The region was awarded nearly $42 million in designated and leveraged grant support dollars from federal agencies. Click here to see the awards and projects that were developed.