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Rep. Royce Applauds Designation of Southern California as an Advanced "Manufacturing Community" by U.S. Department of Commerce

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Washington, May 28, 2014 | Saat Alety (202-225-4111) | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) congratulated the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) on its successful application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce. AMP SoCal unites a broad-based consortium of 86 dedicated organizations that have come together to transform the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry in Southern California. AMP SoCal's priorities include training programs for unemployed workers, infrastructure development to support manufacturing activity in the region, and increasing the volume of exports from Southern Californian manufacturers.

AMP SoCal will receive support from eleven federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Transportation, with up to $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance for all 12 designated “Manufacturing Communities," including Southern California. Funds will be used for workforce training, construction projects, and the promotion of access to capital with the ultimate goal of increased manufacturing activity in Southern California.

“Manufacturing has long been the bedrock of a strong American economy, and economic opportunity for all is grown through access to the good-paying, stable jobs that manufacturers provide. Southern California leads the world in the field of Aerospace and Defense manufacturing, and the IMCP designation earned by the AMP SoCal will ensure that our communities continue to be home to innovative manufacturers that create cutting edge products produced by Californian workers,” said Rep. Royce. “The region will benefit from the exponential impact of both the creation of more advanced manufacturing jobs and the jobs needed to support that industry.  Southern Californians seeking work will also have access to job training programs that prepare them to succeed in today’s economy.”

Rep. Royce, alongside 19 members of California’s Congressional delegation, sent a bipartisan letter of support to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker regarding AMP SoCal’s IMCP application. AMP SoCal’s initiatives will span the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura, an area that’s home to 22.6 million people and 60% of California’s population.

For more information, contact Saat Alety at or (202) 225-4111.

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