Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Manzione Helps Connecticut Earn Federal Support for Manufacturing Partnership Initiative | University of Hartford

Posted 07/14/2015

Submitted by David Isgur
Category: Campus Announcements
A partnership of several Connecticut companies, state agencies, and two educational institutions (the University of Hartford and University of Connecticut) was among 12 applicants from across the country to be successfully designated by the Obama Administration under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. With this designation, Connecticut will receive coordinated support from 11 federal agencies with access to more than $1 billion in federal funding dedicated to economic development and the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States.
Louis Manzione, dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), was an important member of the team that worked on the proposal that was selected by the Obama Administration. Manzione helped write two of the six segments — one dealing with Research and Innovation and the other focusing on Workforce and Training — in the proposal.
“This federal designation recognizes — and strengthens — Connecticut’s leadership position in advanced manufacturing, specifically in our aerospace and shipbuilding industries,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy in announcing the state’s successful designation. “With this designation and the federal funds supporting economic development programs in manufacturing, the state can accelerate and enhance our initiatives to boost innovation, worker skills, supply chain capabilities, infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Connecticut was recognized for its comprehensive economic development plan for this sector, which delineates the roles that individual communities and public-private partnerships (such as the University of Hartford’s work with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology) play in carrying out the strategy. The plan focuses on five areas in particular: building supplier networks; building a pipeline of capable workers for the future; infrastructure and site development; increasing trade and investment; and improving manufacturing operations and access to capital.
"Connecticut has a long history on the front lines of manufacturing innovation and development — driven in large part by our universities, community colleges, and technical schools,” said Connecticut Congressman John Larson (D-1st District). “This ecosystem of small and large manufacturers, academia, and groups like the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology leaves Connecticut uniquely qualified to train the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. With this IMCP designation, Connecticut can continue to grow its workforce and push into new frontiers in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries.”

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