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Administration Awards 10 Grants under the “Make It in America Challenge”
Oct 25, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny S. Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Christopher A. Masingill have announced the 10 winners of the Make it in America Challenge, an Obama administration initiative to accelerate job creation and encourage business investment in the United States. The grantees are receiving a total of $20,533,409 for projects supporting regional economic development, advanced skills training, greater supply chain access and other enhancements. The programs are designed to encourage U.S. companies to keep, expand or restore their manufacturing operations — and jobs — in America, and to entice foreign companies to build facilities and make their products here.

The 10 winners of the Make it in America Challenge will pursue projects in nine states. Descriptions of each project, including grant amount breakdowns by agency are available at

  • The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority of Brunswick, Maine ($2,050,000)
  • The Center for Automotive Research of Ann Arbor, Mich. ($1,471,800)
  • The Mississippi State University of Starkville, Miss. ($1,931,935)
  • The Board of Curators at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. ($1,842,977)
  • N.E.O. Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio ($1,796,867)
  • The Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District of Reno, Ohio ($1,700,844)
  • The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments of Salem, Ore. ($1,714,376)
  • The SEDA Council of Governments of Lewisburg, Pa. ($1,800,000)
  • Clemson University of Clemson, S.C.: 2 projects (construction and non-construction) ($3,549,610)
  • The Innovate Washington of Spokane, Wash. ($2,675,000)

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