City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and MAGNET Announce New Set of Winners in Manufacturing Innovation Project
The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) announced on Friday, December 6th, the names of six small and medium size manufacturers who were selected to receive no-cost technical expertise from NASA subject matter experts to solve challenges they are experiencing with one of their new or existing products. The new partnership was fostered by the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative. The City and County are making $270,000 in low interest loans available to the six winning companies if money is needed to cover other costs that might arise in finding solutions to their product challenges.
The manufacturers selected by an independent panel of judges to receive NASA’s technical assistance and be eligible for the City and County loans are:
The winners were announced at a news conference held at MAGNET headquarters by MAGNET President Dan Berry. Also on hand to deliver remarks and greet the winners were Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, HUD Region 5 Administrator Antonio Riley, NASA Glenn Research Center Director James Free and Cuyahoga County Director of Development Larry Benders.
This joint initiative grew out of the Obama Administration’s “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” (SC2) initiative, which delivers tailored technical assistance to cities like Cleveland through federal inter-agency “Community Solutions Teams” to support local priorities and promote economic competitiveness. The NASA members of this team worked closely with local partners to launch the “Adopt a City” program.
Under this effort, NASA is committed to providing 40 hours of expert assistance from their scientists and engineers to offer potential solutions to the selected companies for specific technical challenges they are facing. By addressing these challenges, revenue and/or job creation for these companies will increase.
The nine manufacturers whose projects were recently completed under the first round of “Adopt a City” held in 2012 have already added 17 new employees and sold 110,000 additional products which have generated $465,000 in new income for those companies. Further employment, sales and revenue growth are expected to continue for those companies through time based on solving their product problems.
“We are truly appreciative of the ongoing partnership with NASA. Strengthening local businesses and manufacturing will help all of our residents to find a job and share in the economic growth that is occurring in our city,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
“The partnership between the County, NASA, MAGNET and the City of Cleveland for the Adopt a City program is another example of how resources are used to have a greater impact on our region,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. “This program offers companies the opportunity for growth, which will eventually provide additional jobs and revenue within our communities. The first round of Adopt a City had much success, and we believe that the six manufacturers selected for the second round will succeed as well.”
“Supporting local manufacturers is a natural extension of NASA Glenn’s strategic action plan to be an integral part of the regional community and the nation,” said NASA Glenn Director James Free. “We look forward to joining with regional partners and sharing our expertise with local companies to solve a new assortment of technical challenges that may continue to keep the economic engine moving in Northeast Ohio.”
“The Manufacturing Innovation Project leverages existing expertise at NASA Glenn to help small and medium-sized businesses achieve their potential as job creators. I commend MAGNET’s leadership in bringing the partners together in common cause – creating good jobs that will build a stronger economic future in Northeast Ohio,” said Ohio 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
“In Cleveland and other communities around the country, we’re seeing the impact that tailored technical expertise can have in helping communities and local businesses meet their goals and become more economically competitive,” said Mark Linton, Executive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2). “By supporting locally driven priorities and solutions and strengthening the way that federal agencies partner with communities, SC2 will continue to support the President’s agenda to create jobs.”
“MAGNET’s vision is to help create a vibrant and dynamic manufacturing sector in Northeast Ohio where advanced manufacturing jobs are being created, new products are being developed and commercialized and where the value of manufacturing companies in the region is increasing. The Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative is a perfect example of how the community, public and private sectors can work together to mobilize world-class resources to achieve this vision. Our goal at MAGNET is to scale up these kind of successful initiatives through our PRISM program, the Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers,” said MAGNET President Dan Berry.
A total of 22 manufacturers attended an orientation workshop announcing the second round of the “Adopt a City” program which was held at MAGNET on June 25. Applications for program participation were submitted by 12 companies by the submission deadline of August 7.
The partnership of the sponsoring groups provides six manufacturers selected for the second round of “Adopt a City” an opportunity to participate in a one-year pilot project with NASA.
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