WSU wins $200,000 grant to enhance manufacturing environment

Wichita State University has won a $200,000 grant to develop a strategy to identify and prioritize key investments in the area’s manufacturing ecosystem and to support the region’s advanced manufacturing sector.

The grant is part of the $7 million first round of grants in the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership,” an Obama administration initiative to speed up the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States.

The grants will help communities start the strategic planning needed to compete in the IMCP Challenge being launched later this year, with more funds awarded in the spring. In the 2014 IMCP Challenge competition, the government will designate stand-out manufacturing communities and give them an advantage in securing grants and investments from 10 federal departments and agencies. These communities may receive large IMCP Challenge grants and investments to finance – in partnership with industry and localities – workforce training, business parks or incubators, and infrastructure.