Our mission at AMCC is to create and strengthen an alliance of communities with regional economic development initiatives underway dedicated to achieving sustainability through economic growth, improved environmental performance, and inclusive well-paid job creation supporting initiatives to create new opportunities and equity within a revitalized American manufacturing base.
Manufacturing is the leading edge of America’s economic strength in communities around the nation – producing good-paying jobs and economic development at a higher rate than any other sector. Building a better, cleaner, fairer, more secure, inclusive, innovative, and sustainable manufacturing sector is critical to American progress.
In 2018, many IMCP communities and their allies believed that enhancing this collaborative from “a government program” into one that has organizational support from aligned non-profit organizations with missions aligned with the communities’ efforts would add value to all. From this, in 2018 the IMCP communities created the American Manufacturing Community Collaborative (AMCC). Most of the existing IMCP communities joined AMCC, hoping to enjoy the benefits of more organizational support in partnership with other non-profit institutions with similar interests, organizations that can both support and derive value from the work that existing AMCC members produce in as open and transparent a manner as possible.
At the same time, since the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act created a new “designated community” program modeled after IMCP, the stage is set for a new group of designated communities to join AMCC. Focused on designated manufacturing communities that support the defense industrial base, this new Defense Manufacturing Community (DMC) Support Program can learn many lessons from the IMCP communities already in existence. In fact, many IMCP communities have manufacturing themes important to or at least related to the defense industrial base. Many of the original IMCP communities were part of the 40 regions across the country that applied for the DoD designation in 2020.
For those IMCP communities that do not become newly designated communities in this or any subsequent year, either in the DMCSP or in any new proposed designation programs like that in the Endless Frontier Act, being an AMCC member enables manufacturing communities to continue to share best practices with existing communities as always yet with more organizational support as part of the AMCC.
Plus, each community will benefit from insights learned from new designated communities that in the future elect to join the AMCC after their designation. We believe that future designated communities will be able to participate as a part of the AMC Collaborative to learn from the existing IMCP communities’ well-earned lessons and provide their own best practices and knowledge in exchange.