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Collaborative Initiatives

Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. This $26M multi-agency competition is a partnership among the EDA, NIST MEP, DOE, SBA and DOL's ETA with follow-on funding from the NSF.  This initiative will assist the development and implementation of regionally-driven economic development strategies that support advanced manufacturing and clusters.  In addition to the six agencies, the initiative will leverage technical assistance from up to eight other Federal agencies.  Projects are underway.

A Model of Collaboration: White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities 
This is a new interagency pilot initiative aiming to strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions around the country by strengthening the capacity of local governments, fostering new connections at the local and federal levels to support the development of comprehensive strategic plans for communities to invest in economic growth and job creation.

ARC Launches Global Appalachia Export Initiative

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has launched a new $1.5 million export initiative with involvement from SBA and MEP.

Rural Jobs and Accelerator Challenge $15M multi-agency competition to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities.  Funded by EDA, USDA, the Appalachian  Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  11 other federal agencies will provide support.  Awardees have been announced.

Commerce and Transportation Departments Forge Partnership to Boost Domestic Manufacturing Across America

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced a partnership to encourage the creation of domestic manufacturing jobs and opportunities for U.S. suppliers through transportation investments.

The Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will help to ensure manufacturers meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) strict “Buy America” and “Buy American” standards, connecting U.S. manufacturers and suppliers for work on highways, railways and transit projects, and in the process help to create jobs.

Alabama E-3 Initiative

Since it's inception in May 2010, the Alabama E3 Initiative has assisted over 40 manufacturers, identified over $3M in energy savings opportunities, resulted in $1M of actual savings impacts and recommended an average of $100,000 in annual savings through energy assessments.

Alabama E3 is composed of federal, state, and local partners who bring various resources together such as technical assistance, customized training, financial support and incentives, professional services, and access to organizations and individuals that can enhance E3's initiatives.