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Message from Deputy Assistant Secretary
Matt Erskine


Dear friends,

President Obama's inclusion of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) in his FY14 budget proposal will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs in communities across the country. The goal is simple—reward communities that demonstrate their plans to attract and expand manufacturing in their area using targeted investments in infrastructure, research, and workforce training. This effort will help put more Americans back to work—a major priority for the administration. This issue of Innovate@EDA includes information on IMCP and a great Q&A by Jane Oates, who heads the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, an agency that invests to bring training to the people, localities, and industries that most need it. One of those industries is green technology, and we highlight here a very productive investment EDA made with Delaware’s Energy House, which is providing students and workers with hands-on skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.

Happy reading!