What follows is a list of some of the state and federal organizations that support U.S. manufacturing. This list is updated regularly.
AMPed NH — A New Hampshire community college initiative preparing students for high-wage, high-skill, high-tech careers in advanced manufacturing. (Read my article about how NH is training students for advanced manufacturing jobs. Great story!)
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) — A non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers. AAM’s mission is to strengthen American manufacturing and create new private-sector jobs through smart public policies. Be sure to subscribe to their must-read newsletter.
Business and Industry Association (BIA) — New Hampshire’s only statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Its mission is to promote a healthy business climate and robust economic future for New Hampshire. The group works in partnership with NH’s MEP.
Economic Development Agencies — Economic development agencies provide information on resources for economic growth through the expansion of local businesses and by attracting new business. Agencies listed by U.S. county at countyoffice.org.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) — A public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Since 1988, MEP has worked with more than 86,000 manufacturers producing $96.4B in sales, $15.7B in cost savings, and more than 797,994 jobs. I can’t say enough good things about the MEP and how each state MEP works with schools and other orgs to advance manufacturing. Find your state’s MEP Center using the handy map and subscribe to the Manufacturing Innovation Blog.
National Association of Manufacturers — A national advocacy group, The NAM is the voice for more than 12 million men and women who make things in America. Read the Top 20 Facts about Manufacturing (money fact: For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy).
SME — Serves the manufacturing industry as a nonprofit by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. SME puts on Eastec, Westec, etc. and also publishes a great magazine each month. Huff Industrial Marketing is a member.
U.S. Department of Labor TAACCT — Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.
Women In Manufacturing — A more than 500-member-strong national association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. Huff Industrial Marketing is a member.