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Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)

IMCP Summit – October 30 and 31st, Washington, DC

On October 30th and 31st, the Department of Commerce, EDA, and our IMCP federal partners hosted the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Summit. The goal of the Summit was to provide a venue for designated communities, applicants, potential applicants, and others interested in promoting manufacturing in their communities to come together to share best practices, work to address regional challenges, and network with one another. Presentations from the Summit have been posted. Please view the IMCP Summit agenda (PDF) for more info on speakers and sessions.

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program is an initiative designed to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds. It encourages communities to develop comprehensive economic development strategies that will strengthen their competitive edge for attracting global manufacturer and supply chain investments. Through IMCP, the federal government is rewarding best practices – coordinating federal aid to support communities’ strong development plans and synchronizing grant programs across multiple departments and agencies. Non-designated communities nationwide can learn from the best practices employed by these designated communities to strengthen American manufacturing.

IMCP has several components:

  • IMCP was launched in 2013 with a series of regional roundtables hosted by several federal agencies to help raise the awareness of funding opportunities available in manufacturing as well as to seek bottom-up input from local communities on the upcoming phases of the initiative.
  • Additionally, the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and other agencies awarded $7 million to 44 communities in September 2013 for IMCP implementation strategy grants to support the development of long-term economic development strategies to help the communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.
  • In December 2013, the Obama Administration launched a national competition led by the Department of Commerce to designate “manufacturing communities.” Eleven federal agencies and programs with $1.3 billion in federal economic development assistance will coordinate their efforts to support the strategies developed by the 12 designated communities.

On May 28, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the first 12 communities that will be designated Manufacturing Communities as part of the second phase of the IMCP.

The first 12 Manufacturing Communities designated by the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership are:

Eleven federal agencies with $1.3 billion in economic development funds will be able to use the designees’ plans to make targeted investments in demonstrably strong public-private partnerships to strengthen regional manufacturing. In addition, each designated community will also receive a federal liaison and branding and promotion as a designated Manufacturing Community to help attract additional private investment and partnerships.

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 12/18/2014)

White House Fact Sheet on IMCP (Updated 5/28/2014)

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
  • IMCP Applicant Webinar 07-31-2014 (PPTX)


May 28, 2014 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announces the first 12 communities that will be designated Manufacturing Communities as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.

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 10, 2013 - 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.”

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