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America’s got (Manufacturing) Talent

2013 December 30
Jim Jones

December 30, 2013
2:42 pm EDT

Did you know that we help small-to-medium sized local businesses to be more sustainable? EPA works with five other federal agencies through a special partnership called E3: Economy, Energy and the Environment to connect these companies and their communities to technical experts.

Did you know that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has a network of Women’s Business Centers throughout the United States to help women start and grow small businesses?

Did you know that the Census Bureau has extensive county-level economic and demographic data and is making that data available to communities to help them assess their regional business environments?

You’ll find these resources in a new playbook recently created by a federal team of experts under the President’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).  The IMCP Playbook pulls together existing federal planning grant and technical assistance resources and best practices in economic development.

The President’s IMCP is accelerating the resurgence of manufacturing and creating a competitive climate for communities to attract manufacturing jobs and investment. It rewards communities that do this by using best practices and smarter planning that integrates targeted investments in workforce training, infrastructure, research, and other key assets.

Will the playbook work? To answer that question, we first asked a panel of seasoned community leaders what they thought. Their response was very positive, with each offering additional ideas for improvement. But the real proof in this pudding will be known only after our first full season of implementation.

Is your community ready to start developing a strategy to attract or expand manufacturing?   Follow the playbook’s three-step approach to help you attract and strengthen manufacturing business and workforce opportunities.

Chem flow chart

Like any good playbook, we will look to make adjustments as we move forward.  Tell us what you think about the IMCP Playbook.  Send your thoughts and comments to

Jim Jones is the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation’s pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws. Jim’s career with EPA spans more than 26 years. He has an M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, both in Economics.

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. Bouchakour permalink
    January 2, 2014

    Hi everyone,
    I appreciate this beautifully vision because instead of imposing a type of manufacturing, we allowed the population to create, to imagine a way of manufacturing which allows them to better develop

  2. Michael B permalink
    January 4, 2014

    There are many new and innovative methods to make cash free . The EPA needs to work together to make it easier to apply and meet regulations.

  3. Jeremy Klutts permalink
    April 5, 2014

    In recent scenerio, there are many challages that are being faced by outsourcing manufacturing outside. Shipping costs are increasing heavily, products time to market is increasing as well as manufacturers at time do not meet the emerging regulatory requirements. As a result of it for all manufacturing based in U.S., instead of outsourcing, bringing the jobs back in U.S. is more advantageous. Thank you for sharing this informative piece of article with us.

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