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NGA Policy Academy to help states grow manufacturing industries.

Press Release Summary:

Sep 02, 2011 - National Governors Association Center for Best Practices released Request for Proposals to states to participate in a Policy Academy on "Making" our Future: Encouraging Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment. Academy is designed to assist states in developing and implementing economic development strategies aimed at spurring innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that encourage the growth of advanced manufacturing industries.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

NGA Policy Academy to Help States Develop and Implement Strategies to Grow Advanced Manufacturing Industries

Press release date: Aug 29, 2011

Request for Proposals Being Solicited

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to states to participate in a Policy Academy on "Making" our Future: Encouraging Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment. The Policy Academy is designed to assist states in developing and implementing economic development strategies aimed at spurring innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that encourage the growth of advanced manufacturing industries. As part of the application process, states are expected to identify a core team of five to eight members who represent a cross-section of policymakers from relevant state agencies and stakeholder groups (e.g., governor's economic policy advisor, commerce director, executive director of the state technology investment organization, director of the state manufacturing extension center, business leader, among others). The policy academy will begin in October 2011 and conclude in July 2012, and will link selected states to relevant information, peer states, and vital technical assistance from NGA staff and other national experts to help define and address individual challenges and opportunities to build new manufacturing strengths and encourage new growth opportunities in state economies.

At least seven states will be selected for this award. Applications must be submitted to the NGA Center through the governor's office by September 15, 2011 in order to be considered.

For information on eligibility and how to apply, please contact Erin Sparks at the NGA Center for Best Practices. Funding for the Academy is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

Erin Lamos Sparks | Senior Policy Analyst
Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division
NGA Center for Best Practices
202-624-7794 | esparks@nga.org

Funding for the Academy is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

NIST MEP Contact:
Mark Troppe
301-975-5745 | mark.troppe@nist.gov

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.