The Northwest Georgia IMCP Consortium (the “CONSORTIUM”) is a voluntary group which received “Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership” (“IMCP”) designation as a “Manufacturing Community” on June 23, 2014, from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (“EDA”) to support the region’s cluster-based Northwest Georgia Regional Advanced Manufacturing Strategy to grow and support the region’s floor covering manufacturing industries.
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.
- Interview with Werner Braun, Executive Director, Carpet and Rug Institute. March 4, 2014.
- Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development
- Source: Dalton Incubator Assessment, 2011.
- Carpet Capital: The Rise of a New South Industry. Randall Patton.
- Source: 2012 Georgia Manufacturing Survey: www.gms-ei2.org