This week, the federal commerce secretary announced that a portion of Connecticut was designated as a “manufacturing community” under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. The portion designated encompasses Hartford, Middlesex, New London, and Tolland counties.
Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development applied for designation by submitting a plan for developing the manufacturing community, and its plan was one of 12 selected by the interagency designation panel. See a summary of Connecticut’s plan here.
The IMCP program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies. Because of its designation as a manufacturing community, Connecticut has access to nearly $1 billion in available funding from various federal agencies and will receive a dedicated federal liaison to assist with accessing available federal resources.