News & Updates
- The Andover Townsman: Manufacturing a dream for the future; New Greater Lawrence Tech Shop named after longtime Andover educator
Longtime Andover resident Norm Martin may have retired from Greater Lawrence Technical School on River Road more than 15 years ago. But his impact is still being felt at the school.
- Boston Globe: Siemens donates $660 million of software to help narrow skills gap
Boston Globe, April 15, 2014: Siemens announces a donation worth $660 million to Massachusetts technical schools and colleges to help train workers for careers in advanced manufacturing.
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Programs & Resources
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ASSISTANCE with SITE LOCATION, PERMITTING, INFRASTRUCTURE, and INCENTIVES
Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD)
MOBD is a central point of contact that facilitates access to resources, expertise, and incentive programs available in the Commonwealth for businesses that are seeking to expand or locate in the state. MOBD has regional offices throughout the state.
Location Regional Director Contact Central Region Rosemary Scrivens 508-792-7506 firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Boston Region John Sisson 617-973-8537 email@example.com Northeast Region Peter Milano 978-970-1193 firstname.lastname@example.org Metro West Region Rob Anderson 508-439-5685 email@example.com Southern Region Buddy Rocha 508-730-1438 firstname.lastname@example.org Western Region Mike Vedovelli 413-733-5357 email@example.com
FINANCING for REAL ESTATE, EQUIPMENT, and WORKING CAPITAL
MassDevelopment offers everything from innovative loans for growth initiatives to long-term financing for real estate projects to help manufacturers sustain and expand their businesses.
MassDevelopment’s Online Assistance for State Resources for Manufacturers: RAMPMA.com
Rapid Access Manufacturers Portal (RAMP) is as an easy way to get a list of appropriate state resources/organizations providing information about their firms, as well as the types of resources they need.
Visit their website here: RAMPMA.com
Assistance with Energy Costs: Massachusetts Manufacturing Energy Collaborative
The goal of the MA Manufacturing Energy Collaborative is to help decrease the energy costs of manufacturers across the state by creating a bulk power-purchasing group comprised of manufacturers and to offer free evaluations of energy efficiency measures and onsite renewable opportunities.
Visit their website here: massmec.com
PROMOTING MANUFACTURING and CAREERS in MANUFACTURING
AMP IT UP!
MassDevelopment’s AMP it up! campaign shows students, parents, guidance counselors, and teachers how advanced manufacturing careers can put them on the path to success. In its second and most recent grant round, MassDevelopment provided $108,950 in matching grants to 11 partnerships that consisted of workforce investment boards, community colleges, and industry associations who used funds to develop community-based programs and activities that educate students and the adults in their lives about career options in advanced manufacturing. For more visit: www.ampitupma.com.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING EDUCATION and WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS
Commonwealth Corporation is the state’s leading agency for workforce training, focused on both new hires and improving the skills and competitiveness of existing workers and companies. Commonwealth Corporation has two programs of particular interest to manufacturers: The Workforce Training Fund and the Advanced Manufacturing, Technology & Hospitality Training Trust Fund.
Since 2007, the Patrick Administration has awarded in excess of $47 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants to more than 600 manufacturing companies. In August 2014, Governor Patrick and the State Legislature committed $12.3 million to fund the Advanced Manufacturing, Technology & Hospitality Training Trust Fund.
For more visit: www.commcorp.org.
The Workforce Training Fund
The Workforce Training Fund Program provides Massachusetts businesses with the grants to invest in workforce development, improve employee skills, and maintain the economic strength and viability of Massachusetts businesses such as General Program, Express, Technical Assistance Grants, and Hiring Incentive Training Grants.
Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, & Hospitality Training Trust Fund
The Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, & Hospitality Training Trust Fund was established to support training and education programs that address the workforce shortages of the advanced manufacturing, mechanical and technical skills, hospitality, and information technologies industries across the state to help meet the workforce pipeline needs of Massachusetts employers.
This Trust Fund, signed into law in August 2014 as part of H.4377 "An Act to Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth," is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Capital Equipment Funding To Support Workforce Development & Education
The Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) offers the Industry Training Capital Equipment Grant Program to support the development or expansion of workforce and educational facilities to train new and existing workers in advanced manufacturing. To date, EHOED has invested in expanded facilities at Springfield Technical Community College and Quinsigamond Community College, and restored or opened new facilities in Franklin County, Greater Lawrence and Lynn.
For more information, visit mass.gov/eohed/manufacturing or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for Internship Programs
The Commonwealth offers three paid internship programs that connect students with companies in the state’s innovation economy clusters, including manufacturers. More information is available from the following agencies:
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (www.masstech.org/intern),
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (www.masslifesciences.com
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (www.masscec.com/programs/massachusetts-clean-energy-internship-program)
Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy
The AMRPA is a first-in-the-nation effort to improve the effectiveness of regional manufacturing sector strategies by providing education, tools, and peer learning to regional leaders. The AMRPA has published regional profiles and in-depth surveys of every region of the state, and state-of-the-art best practices helpful for any region interested in helping manufacturers to train the workers they need to compete.
For more information, visit: http://amrpa.wordpress.com.
SERVICES for SMALL-and-MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURERS
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The MassMEP is the state’s affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a national network of 59 centers that provide assistance to small and midsize manufacturers. MassMEP provides expert assistance in across the range of areas critical to help companies strategically grow, including: systemic continuous improvement, sustainability, technology acceleration, and global supply chain.
Massachusetts Advanced Center Workforce Collaborative
MassMEP, through the Massachusetts Advanced Center Workforce Collaborative (MACWIC), also provides access to state of art, industry-recognized workforce training and on-the-job-training. To learn more about MACWIC, visit http://www.macwic.org/