Region wins $2.4 million for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping CenterJanuary 01, 2013
The Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Center of East Tennessee (AMP!) is one of a network of public-private partnerships to help revitalize US manufacturing and encourage companies to invest in the United States.
AMP! is led by Tech 20/20, a public-private economic development organization headquartered in Oak Ridge, in partnership with ORNL, Pellissippi State Community College, and the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. It will serve a 20-county area in East Tennessee. Tom Rogers, ORNL director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development, said the initiative “provides an opportunity for ORNL to work with our regional partners to translate research into commercial applications that will create new jobs and strengthen manufacturing in the US.”
Training in additive manufacturing is identified as a critical need for economic development. AMP! will help community colleges and universities in the region provide more comprehensive and up-to-date skills and experience in advanced manufacturing. It will make the region attractive to small manufacturers who can benefit from the program.
The $2.4 million AMP! grant is part of a $20 million multi-agency announcement to spur manufacturing growth in the United States. Ten such partnerships were selected through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a competitive process announced in 2012 to support initiatives to strengthen advanced manufacturing at the local level.