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Collins, King Introduce Legislation to Support the Creation of Good-Paying Manufacturing Jobs in Maine
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have joined a bipartisan group of members from the House of Representatives and the Senate in introducing the Make It In America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation that would help revitalize the country’s manufacturing sector, stimulate rural economic development, and help support the creation of good-paying manufacturing jobs.
The bipartisan Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act would codify into law a successful program, the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), started by the Obama Administration, which allows communities around the country to compete to receive preferential consideration for federal economic development funds across multiple federal agencies. Twenty-four communities around the country – including the Greater Portland region – have already been designated “Manufacturing Communities” and have received targeted investment and support to make their regions more competitive. The program’s future is uncertain without authorizing legislation, but this bipartisan bill would make it permanent so that more communities around the country can compete for this designation, including regions in the process of redeveloping closed industrial sites.
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