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Federal Economic Development Strategy Includes ISTC Sustainability Expertise

ISTC has partnered with a metals manufacutring consortium in Chicago

ISTC, with nearly 30 years of experience in improving sustainability in Illinois industries, has joined a partnership in the Chicago Metro Region to renew manufacturing industry growth through workforce development, supply chain improvements, technological innovation, and focused efforts of local governments and planning agencies.

Announced by the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) in May, the partnership is part of a strategy to focus resources of 11 federal agencies on industries in communities that are best positioned to strengthen American manufacturing.

The Chicago Metro Region was named one of 12 Manufacturing Communities nationwide identified by EDA to strengthen existing networks into more effective partnerships to enhance global competition and create jobs with strategic federal investments.

Chicago Metro was selected through the competitive process for its strength and potential in metal manufacturing, a $30 billion industry, with significant existing infrastructure for increased growth.

ISTC joins the Manufacturing Community along with the Cook County Department of Environmental Control to help guide sustainable manufacturing practices as the economic development funding is applied. ISTC's Technical Assistance Program has long experience working with the metals manufacturing sector in the Chicago manufacturing corridor.

Follow these links for a fuller description of EDA's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium Manufacturing Community.

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