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October 2017

Spotlight: Manufacturing is Key to Building Stronger Communities

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Vice President Pence Visits Tendon Manufacturing in Cleveland, Ohio on 6/29/17 - The White House

Manufacturing is a critical economic sector where workers develop and use the latest technology and build lasting, meaningful careers.

With 12.4 million employees in the U.S. producing goods that are consumed domestically or exported abroad, manufacturing is one of the keys to building stronger communities.

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Success Story: Recent EDA Investments in Missouri and West Virginia Support Local Efforts to Grow their Manufacturing Base

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EDA DAS-RA Alvord, Mo., Gov., Eric Greitens, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson & Ranken President Shoun Break Ground on Manufacturing Inc., Project.

On Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs (DAS-RA) Dennis Alvord joined Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to break ground on Ranken Technical College’s new Manufacturing Inc., incubator facility.

Ranken is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields.

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Highlight: U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Report on Streamlining Government Permitting and Reducing Unnecessary Regulations on the Domestic Manufacturing Industry

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On October 2, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released the Streamlining Permitting and Regulatory Burdens for American Manufacturers report that was submitted to President Donald Trump.

The report, which gathered input from domestic manufacturers and industry stakeholders, identified 20 sets of regulations and permitting issues as being a top priority for reform and immediate action to begin unleashing of the domestic manufacturing industry.

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Register Today for the Regional Innovation Strategies Debrief!

EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program recently announced 42 awardees of its $17 million FY 2017 competition. Did your organization apply? Are you interested in applying for future funding opportunities? Have questions about the selection process or how to prepare an application?

Representatives from EDA's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a webinar discussing the Regional Innovations Strategies program, recent awards, and tips on building a competitive proposal. Join us to learn more about the RIS program.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. ET

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ACC 2017 Grantees Announced

Coal operations

On October 11, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has invested $30 million to assist America’s coal communities.

Read the press release.

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program funds a national network of 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs) that help import-impacted U.S. manufacturers strengthen their global competitiveness. Read the FY 2016 TAAF Annual Report To Congress. (PDF)

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Ranken Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Inc.
CBS St. Louis - October 6, 2017

Armstrong to Expand
The Inter-Mountain (WV) - October 13, 2017

Arizona tribes, ASU get Trump coal money
Phoenix Business Journal (AZ) – October 12, 2017

Pike County awarded grant for technology center
Washington Times-Herald (KY) – October 18, 2017

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