Industrial extension is working with the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.
In the current economic expansion, we have witnessed a welcome resurgence in the U.S. manufacturing sector. More than half a million manufacturing jobs have been created, many undoubtedly because domestic and foreign firms have realized the low costs and risks associated with locating in the United States.
The Make it in America Challenge seeks to encourage foreign and domestic businesses to build and/or expand their operations in the United States. Up to 15 awards will be made to accelerate job creation by encouraging re-shoring of productive activity by U.S. firms, fostering increased foreign direct investment, encouraging U.S. companies to keep or expand their businesses—and jobs—here at home, and training local workers to meet the needs of those businesses.