Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership
The Milwaukee Region is one of the first 12 communities that has been designated a "Manufacturing Community" as part of the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.
The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.
From the 70 communities that applied, a dozen were selected based on the strength of their economic development plans, the potential for impact in their communities, and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sector to carry out their plans.
The winning Manufacturing Communities receive coordinated support for their strategies from eleven federal agencies, with $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance. These communities also receive a dedicated federal liaison to help them navigate available federal resources.
In the region's application, led by the M7 and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, seven catalytic public infrastructure projects that support M7's strategic plan were identified for initial investment. These include:
- Mid-West Energy Research Consortium Energy Innovation Center
- FaB Wisconsin Food Manufacturing Accelerator
- Milwaukee 7 Regional Export Initiative
- The Water Council Accelerator
- Century City Manufacturing Training Center and 30th Street Corridor Infrastructure Development
- Racine's Machinery Row, part of the Root River Corridor Redevelopment
>>View the region's winning application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative.