PSRC’s efforts to grow manufacturing in central Puget Sound and statewide have received Innovation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).
One of the award winning projects: a composite recycling center that transforms carbon fiber scrap into value-added products.
NADO honored PSRC for three efforts that emerged from participation in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership of the Economic Development Administration.
The designation as a Manufacturing Community has helped the region bring in more than $45 million in federal grants supporting manufacturing.
With a successful launch at PSRC, the Manufacturing Community effort now has a new home at the Washington Department of Commerce, which is working to extend the program’s reach to strengthen communities statewide.
The three award-winning projects are:
Manufacturing Communities Partnership – 24 regions around the country are collaborating to maximize their designation through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program. PSRC took the lead on developing the partnership’s website, which includes a grants list, map, and other resources.
Composite Recycling Technology Center – This is the world’s first facility to transform uncured carbon fiber scrap, previously destined for the landfill, into innovative new products. For the economically distressed city of Port Angeles, the center will create good-paying jobs and train students for the growing field of composite manufacturing, composite structure fabrication, and repair. The project is part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership strategy.
NextGen LEAN – This pilot project tested whether the Next Generation LEAN program could help small- and medium-size manufacturers bring costs down and cut production time to make them more competitive.
All of the award winners are presented on NADO’s interactive “Story Map.”
NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.
The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.
For more information about the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program, contact Sarah Lee at email@example.com.