To achieve success we must identify opportunities to collaborate in the creation of new products, technologies, companies, and wealth. It is important to encourage a sense of community across state borders and recognize that together, our region is stronger when collaboration is at the center of our efforts.
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)
Project Amount: $69,000,000
This award brings together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and the states to accelerate innovation by investing in manufacturing technologies with broad applications. The institute bridges the gap between basic research and product development, provides shared assets to help companies – particularly small manufacturers – access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment, and creates an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills. NAMII serves as regional hub of manufacturing innovation, and will be known as a world- class center for applied research, technology incubation, and commercialization.
Southern West Virginia Rural Jobs Accelerator Partnership
Project Amount: $717,985
Marshall University Research Corporation and Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) partnered with TechConnect West Virginia; the Concord University Research and Development Corporation; and the Natural Capital Investment Fund on an effort to create new jobs in southern West Virginia. The partners will use the grant funding to concentrate on the expansion of manufacturing and tourism by providing technical assistance, workforce development, entrepreneurism support, and a wealth of collaborated resources in Fayette, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming counties.
Regional Innovation Cluster for Flexible Electronics
Project Amount: $385,000
NorTech was awarded one of seven Regional Innovation Cluster contracts from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support the advancement of FlexMatters, the flexible electronics cluster in Northeast Ohio. The cluster consists of businesses, suppliers, service providers, and institutions focused on advanced manufacturing of flexible electronic devices and materials. The award is for one year with a four-year renewal option. NorTech will apply the funding from the award to train and assist small companies in Northeast Ohio on engaging market-leading companies to become anchor customers.
Agile Electro-Mechanical Product Accelerator
Project Amount: $1,862,150
Catalyst Connection, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and the Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Investment Board. This award will help industry clusters grow by strengthening their connections to regional economic development opportunities and advanced manufacturing assets, helping develop a skilled and diverse advanced manufacturing workforce, increasing exports, encouraging the development of small businesses, and accelerating innovation in technology.