Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new blend of support to strengthen their businesses—ranging from strategic business consulting services and operational technical assistance to funded training opportunities for employees.
The services are being offered through the "Make it in Washington" partnership, a public and private collaboration between state economic development, workforce development, manufacturing experts, and higher education institutions designed to help businesses build and/or expand their operations in Washington.
“By exploring expansion opportunities linked with re-shoring and identifying domestic suppliers, Washington’s small and medium-sized manufacturing companies can increase their profitability and competitiveness in the global economy,” said Kim Zentz, CEO of Innovate Washington Foundation. “The collective strengths of the Make it in Washington grant partners allow us to help companies get what they need to capitalize on these opportunities—and create jobs in Washington.”
The "Make it in Washington" grant was one of 10 awards made nationwide as part of the U.S. Economic Development Administration-funded Make it in America Challenge, created to further the Obama Administration’s efforts to protect and create American manufacturing jobs. "Make it in Washington" is a three-year initiative that will deliver services through 2016.
Delivery of funded grant services has already begun—educational opportunities for qualified companies are now available. Information can be found at www.wtb.wa.gov/MakeitinWashington.asp.
The " Make it in Washington" partnership includes the Innovate Washington Foundation, Washington Department of Commerce, Impact Washington, Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, Washington State University, University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, Highline College, and Shoreline Community College.