MEDINA — A local economic development agency will share in a $1.8 million federal grant aimed at stimulating the creation of manufacturing jobs.
The grant was awarded to a Northeast Ohio collaboration that includes Medina County Workforce Development, Team Northeast Ohio, WIRE-Net and MAGNET — the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network.
The grant will assist up to 25 organizations in marketing new products or services, workforce development and training and studying needs and capabilities within supply chains, according to Jay Foran, senior vice president of business attraction for Team Northeast Ohio — better known as Team NEO.
“Advanced materials technology has significant job-producing potential for Northeast Ohio,” Foran said.
“This includes research, technical and process improvements, business and supply-chain enhancements, and talent development efforts to support a more competitive manufacturing region.”
The grant is one of 10 nationwide awarded as part of the “Make it in America” program, funded by the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Delta Regional Authority.
Grants were announced last month. The bulk of the grant will be used to fund the specialized technical assistance companies need to grow and create more jobs in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown and Lorain, Foran said.
Team NEO played the lead role in obtaining the grant, he said. Now an advisory council comprised of the other partner organizations will oversee how the grant is used:
• WIRE-Net will offer its manufacturing expertise to the companies.
• MAGNET will provide resources and services for business growth, job creation, and talent development.
• Medina County Workforce Development will coordinate higher-education services from Case Western Reserve University, Lorain County Community College, Stark State College and The University of Akron.
“Medina County Workforce Development has a strong history of connecting economic development with its Workforce Development activities and planning,” said Bill Hanigan, director, Medina County Workforce Development. “Our regional activities and partnerships offer the connectivity required in this undertaking.”