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Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership is an Obama Administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs in cities across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 3/4/2014)

Through the publication of a Federal Register notice, EDA is calling for applications for regions to compete to be designated as one of up to 12 “manufacturing communities.”

As part of IMCP there are several online resources that are now available to communities regardless of whether they apply:


  • The Top-Third Ranked Location Quotients for Establishments and Employment (xls) tool is available to help communities determine if they are in the top 3rd nationally. Please see IMCP Q&As for Top-Third Requirement for more information.
  • The IMCP Census data tool permits communities to assess and track themselves as a manufacturing community. The tool gathers the most relevant U.S. Census Bureau economic and demographic data and presents it by county for six major areas, enabling assessments of regional business ecosystems. The tool also combine states and county data from multiple surveys and datasets into a single table for each assessment area.
  • A “playbook” that identifies existing Federal planning grant and technical assistance resources and catalogues best practices in economic development. Following the playbook's three-step approach can help communities attract and expand manufacturing business and workforce opportunities


March 3, 2014 - EDA is extending the application period for communities seeking to be designated as manufacturing communities (Manufacturing Community or Manufacturing Communities) through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). Please refer to the Federal Register notice announcing the extension for more information.

February 19, 2014 - Recorded Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Webinar now available

December 5, 2013 – Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker addressed the White House Mayor’s Manufacturing Community Summit where she launched the next component of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).

December 3, 2013 - The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded a total of $3.75 million in Make it in America grants to 10 MEP centers in nine states. The 3-year grant awards are in addition to the recently announced $20.5 million in Make it in America funding from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and the Delta Regional Authority. The overall objective of the Make it in America Challenge is to make it more attractive for businesses to build, continue, or expand their operations in the United States.

September 25, 2013 - Obama Administration Officials Announce $7M In Grants And Investments To Revitalize American Manufacturing

May 9, 2013 - Obama Administration seeks applicants for first phase of 'Investing in Manufacturing Communities' Partnership

April 17, 2013 - Deputy Secretary Blank Announces New Federal Partnership to Promote Manufacturing Investment in American Communities, Create Jobs

April 10, 2013 - U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Blank Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request