The Obama administration named 12 US regions as designated Manufacturing Communities as part the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) on Wednesday.
The White House said in a statement that President Obama has focused on boosting U.S. manufacturing by rewarding companies that create jobs here, rescuing the U.S. auto industry and expanding exports.
To build on this momentum in manufacturing, the Obama Administration launched the Investing IMCP last September. It aims to spur communities to develop integrated, long-term economic development strategies and brings together the resources of multiple federal departments and agencies to support strong local plans.
The naming of the 12 regions is part of the second phase of the IMCP. Selected out of more than 70 communities that applied, these 12 communities developed strong economic development plans and have deep partnerships in place across the public and private sectors to carry out their plans.
The selected regions are –
- Southwest Alabama, led by the University of South Alabama
- Southern California, led by the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development
- Northwest Georgia, led by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
- The Chicago metro region, led by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
- South Kansas, led by Wichita State University
- Greater Portland region in Maine, led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments
- Southeastern Michigan, led by the Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine
- The New York Finger Lakes region, led by the City of Rochester
- Southwestern Ohio Aerospace Region, led by the City of Cincinnati
- The Tennessee Valley, led by the University of Tennessee
- The Washington Puget Sound region, led by the Puget Sound Regional Council
- The Milwaukee 7 Region, led by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee