The federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge for Advanced Manufacturing will award $2.19 million during the next three years to a talent partnership. The partnership, which includes the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), will use the funding to develop an Innovation Realization Cluster in Southeast Michigan.
Funds will enable the partnership to identify and connect small to medium manufacturing firms that can support lower-volume, rapid-production, custom projects. For example, companies can help entrepreneurial firms use advanced modeling and simulation tools to prototype newly developed concepts, or perhaps even perform initial runs of those products without going into high-volume production. Partners can also help companies to develop capacity to accommodate and promote contract manufacturing jobs, arrange partnerships to bid and work on such opportunities, and train workers in such areas as rapid machine setup and prototyping skills.
In addition to the federal funds, the partnership will receive $500,000 from the state of Michigan through the MI Match program. Other supporting partners include the members of the Business Accelerator Network of Southeast Michigan (BANSEM), the University of Michigan and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.