The Patrick-Murray Administration, working with business, academia, and the Legislature, created “Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century,” a strategic plan to create jobs and drive economic development in the state. Supporting manufacturing is an important part of the plan and the Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to building an industry that is competing globally through innovation.
Secretary Bialecki Announces Grants to Support Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Training
LYNN – Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced four awards today totaling more than $1.3 million to support regional programs to train unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, for careers in the state’s advanced manufacturing industry. For more information, read the full press release .
Why Advanced Manufacturing in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts manufacturers are world-class companies that are an essential part of the state’s innovation economy. Today’s manufacturing is growing and offers outstanding career opportunities in communities throughout the state. Major studies by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University show that advanced manufacturing is vibrant, but cannot continue to compete without the kind of sustained collaboration between industry, academia and government that have been critical to growth in so many of our key industry clusters. Today, with the strong support of Governor Patrick and the Legislature, the industry-led Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative is focused on improving the competitive conditions on which our manufacturers can compete and thrive.
The Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative has launched new initiatives to promote manufacturing and help regions throughout the state improve the ability of manufacturers to find the workers they need to compete, and for people to get the training they need to get started.
To stay current with the work or if you are interested in getting involved with the Collaborative, contact Eric Nakajima, one of the chairs of the Collaborative.
AMP It Up!
“AMP it up!,” is statewide promotional campaign educating students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors about manufacturing careers in the Commonwealth. Regional partnerships can apply for matching grants to expand the reach of their existing efforts to promote manufacturing careers. The AMP It Up! awards for 2013 totaled nearly $100,000.
Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy
The Academy is a first-in-the-nation effort to strengthen the support for the immediate needs of manufacturers where it matters most – at the local level.
The Academy, building on our strong regional partnerships, is working with a team of experts from the University of Massachusetts to bring together regional partners to engage in quarterly Academy sessions in which best practices can be shared and practical challenges to meeting our manufacturers’ workforce needs can be addressed. The Academy website managed by the University of Massachusetts can be found here.
New Tools and Resources
The Massachusetts Legislature and Governor Deval L. Patrick have dedicated significant new resources to support the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Agenda.
In the FY2014 state budget, over $21 million in new state funds have been dedicated to supporting the needs of our state’s manufacturers.
- The Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund received an appropriation of $18.75 million to support the state’s advanced manufacturing agenda.
- The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) received $2 million to support general services to small and medium-sized manufacturers.
- The Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development received $2.1 million to support regional pilot programs training unemployed and underemployed persons to be employed in the state’s precision manufacturing industry.
In FY2013, the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative was created in statute (Chapter 238 of the Session Laws of 2012) and housed in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The same statute created the Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund, to be administered by MassDevelopment.
In July 2013, The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Commonwealth Corporation announced over $1.4 million in grants to support new regional partnerships to meet the workforce needs of manufacturers in four regions of the state. The grants followed a $5 million recapitalization of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, administered by Commonwealth Corporation.