About Floor360 & the IMCP Program

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program is one of the US Department of Commerce’s main initiatives to support job creation and accelerate manufacturing growth to make communities more globally competitive by transforming their industrial ecosystems into globally-competitive manufacturing hubs. IMCP does this through the support of long-term community-based economic development strategies designed to attract and expand private investment in manufacturing and promote international trade and exports. The Northwest Georgia region was selected for one of 26 first-round Commerce awards made across the country in 2013. The award enabled the development of an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy initially focused on the region’s established Floor Covering industry. In May 2014, the US Department of Commerce further designated the Northwest Georgia region as one of 12 Manufacturing Communities through the IMCP program. This two-year designation gives organizations that support the industry via the Northwest Georgia’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategy elevated status for certain federally-aligned grant programs.

Using the Designation

Organizations in the 15-county Northwest Georgia region, the areas outlined in the original application, are eligible to apply to use the designation. Only one organization per grant, per period may use the designation. As the lead agency, the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission facilitates selection of these organizations to use the designation via the Northwest Georgia IMCP Consortium.

To apply, please fill out and submit the following form at least three weeks before your grant deadline.

Upcoming Grants & Deadlines

Search Grants.gov for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov. The NWGRC needs to receive your form by the Deadline for Consideration date listed in the table in order to be considered for the designation. If approved, applicants will receive a "Letter of IMCP Endorsement" or "Letter of IMCP Support" from the Consortium to include in their grant application. The IMCP Manufacturing Community designation is a new program through EDA; guidance is still being released. Updates regarding the process will be posted here when available.

2015 IMCP Summit

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IMCP is helping the Northwest Georgia region cultivate the environment for highly skilled, well-paying advanced manufacturing jobs in the region's solid manufacturing base by transforming the region's industrial ecosystem. The region's floor covering cluster is largely rural and reaches across a large 15-county region.

Celebrate Manufacturing Day, October 7, 2016!


What’s happening at Floor360?

From WSJ: US Companies Turn to German Training Model to Fill Jobs Gap

From Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Schulze: Vocational approach popular in Germany helps smaller U.S. firms build skilled workforce American employers struggling to find enough qualified industrial workers are turning to Germany for a solution to plug the U.S. skills gap: vocational training. Two million U.S. manufacturing jobs will remain vacant over the next decade due […]

Students from the Calhoun Career Academy and the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy Join Georgia Tech Companies for National Manufacturing Day

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, in partnership with the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Floor360, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Calhoun College and Career Academy, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy, and Shaw Industries, hosted an event for high school students in honor of National Manufacturing Day. The goal was to raise awareness of manufacturing, […]

Lots of Events this October

There are many opportunities to connect to the region’s manufacturing community this month. Be sure to checkout the Floor360 calendar for upcoming events. Events include: Manufacturing Day 2016 – October 7th AlS Lunch – Steam Logistics – October 13th Georgia Department of Education 2016 State Economic Development Meeting – October 18th Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Business […]

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Participating Federal Agencies


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Floor360 is interested in learning about new ideas and projects that will help support Advanced Manufacturing in Northwest Georgia.


AIS brings partners from across business, local government, and academia together to promote sustainable business practices in Northwest Georgia.


The High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) evaluates the needs of Georgia businesses.