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Industry News: MEP Makes Two 1.9 Million Dollar Awards in New York State

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (“MEP”) recently awarded 10 public-private partnerships across America $20 million to help revitalize American manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States. 

The 10 partnerships were selected through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a competitive multi-agency grant process. Announced in May 2012, the goal is to support initiatives that strengthen advanced manufacturing at the local level.

These public-private partnerships consist of small and large businesses, colleges, nonprofits and other local stakeholders that “cluster” in a particular area. The funds are to help the winning clusters support local efforts to spur job creation through a variety of projects, including initiatives that connect innovative small suppliers with large companies, link research with the start-ups that can commercialize new ideas, and train workers with skills that firms need to capitalize on business opportunities.

The two New York State awards and amounts are:

The Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Accelerator, a project of the University of Rochester, NYSTAR, and High Tech Rochester Inc. received $1,889,936, and

The Advanced Manufacturing of Thermal and Environmental Control Systems proposal was awarded $1,889,890. The awardee is a partnership among: Syracuse University, NYSTAR, the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Onondaga Community College.

New York State also provided a 10% match to the awards. The Department of Commerce press release announcing the ten awards across the United States can be read here.

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