June 03, 2014
Cincy designated a U.S. manufacturing community
The Greater Cincinnati region was designated last week by the federal government as one of 12 communities nationwide that will take part in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities
Partnership program. Under IMCP, the region will get preferential consideration for federal grants totaling $1.3B in both aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors.
The designation will help further development of the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky Aerospace Region (SOAR), which runs along the Interstate 75 corridor between Cincinnati
and Dayton. The designation was made by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, a bureau within the Department of Commerce.
REDI Cincinnati, along with partners at the Dayton Development Coalition, Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, the City of Cincinnati, and the City of Dayton worked together to submit a joint application in early May. The five partners chose to jointly apply for the designation based on the strength of the region’s aerospace and associated machining manufacturing industry.
“Today’s announcement is further proof of both the power of regional collaboration, and
of the significant strengths in aerospace and advanced manufacturing throughout our area,” said Tom Williams, Chair of REDI Cincinnati. “Those in the region already know our strengths, but this designation shows our prominent place nationwide, and will pay dividends for our region for years to come,” Williams added.
“Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky has a long and distinguished history in
manufacturing. This is another confirmation that we have the right combination of leadership and skilled workforce to move our region forward.” Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, Chairman of the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Board, Co-founder and Secretary Treasurer of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and Frost Brown Todd attorney.