The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) has the distinct honor of being among the nation’s first federally designated regions of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. Representing the southern 10 counties of California, the collaborative is charged with strengthening aerospace and defense manufacturing and its supply chain. An IMCP designation carries the advantage of preferential access to $1.3 billion in Economic Development Administration funding, which has been allocated toward bolstering the economic ecosystem of manufacturing across the country.
Due to the strength of AMP SoCal’s ambitious proposal, the depth of its network and the importance of its represented manufacturing industry, it was selected from more than 70 applications as one of only 12 initial IMCP communities. Led by the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development (CED), an applied research center of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, in partnership with the city of Los Angeles and 84 industry representatives from both public and private sectors, AMP SoCal leverages the combined knowledge, innovation and political support of its members. The unique cooperation benefits the communities and businesses dependent on the aerospace and defense industry by fostering job growth, technological advancement, federal funding and more.
The AMP SoCal Managed Career Pipeline Pilot Program is an effort to address manufacturing’s skilled labor shortages and workforce needs. The initiative works with community colleges that have partnered with industry and Workforce Development Boards to strategically invest a portion of more than $336,000 in available federal funds for skilled labor training. Free of charge Innovation Forum Series workshops focus on federal opportunities and grants for small and medium manufacturers and are regularly delivered to interested businesses. AMP SoCal also offers technical assistance for export planning, helps facilitate funding for modernization of goods movement infrastructure, connects businesses with free consulting, provides in-depth research, and supplies innovative approaches to complex issues facing the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry.
About the Sol Price School of Public Policy - USC Center for Economic Development
The University of Southern California Center for Economic Development (CED) serves as a leader in facilitating sustainable economic development opportunities throughout Southern and Central California. An applied research center of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, CED partners with community-based organizations, public agencies and private entities to enhance their functional capacity by tapping the energy, enthusiasm and talent of the school’s faculty, staff and students. For more information, please visit ced.usc.edu.
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has defined excellence and innovation in public affairs education since 1929. Ranked 4th nationwide among 272 schools of public affairs, the Price School is dedicated to teaching and research that advances society through better democratic governance, more effective social policy, and sustainable urban development. Its graduates shape our world as leaders in government, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector. Through a time-honored commitment to public service, a legacy of strong connections to professional leaders, and a world-renowned research portfolio, the mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. priceschool.usc.edu
AMP SoCAL will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo at Booth 9105.