In recent months, NIST MEP has been involved in an effort of the Task Force on Regional Innovation Clusters (TARIC) to support a new "Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge." With funding from EDA, SBA, and DOL, and additional support from more than a dozen other federal agencies including MEP, this initiative builds on the experience of last year's Energy-RIC competition. A Federal Register Notice is now published announcing this forthcoming competition; you can find it here. MEP centers are encouraged to collaborate with partners in proposing strategies to advance existing manufacturing clusters in your regions.
For more information, please contact Mark Troppe at 301-975-5745.