On Wednesday, October 21, Advance Michigan will host a special reception for communities that are part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), where members of the U.S. Congress will be able to meet their advanced manufacturing leaders. Representatives of Advance Michigan will also attend the 2015 IMCP 2nd Annual Summit at the White House and U.S. Department of Commerce.

BackgroundAdvance Michigan is a partnership between Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Lansing, and Ann Arbor, and their surrounding communities in a 13-county region. The partnership was awarded the IMCP designation in June 2014. With this award, 24 nationally designated communities can be granted preference when applying for up to $1.2 billion in federal funding from at least 16 federal departments charged with supporting the growth of the advanced manufacturing sector.

Advance Michigan will be represented by:

  • Olga Stella, Chief Operating Officer, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and Chair, Advance Michigan;
  • Michael Coast, President, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) and Vice Chair, Advance Michigan;
  • City of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Chair, Advance Manufacturing Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors;
  • Lisa Katz, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN);
  • David Palmer, Director of Business Partnerships, WIN

In addition, over 200 partners from IMCP communities and neighboring areas expected to attend.

Overview: On Wednesday, October 21, a reception will be held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Eighty-five people are expected from the 24 IMCP communities, as well as 70+ members of Congress and officials from federal agencies. Communities look forward to discussing the successful IMCP designation, which has increased the efficiency and efficacy of federal investments around the United States.

On Wednesday, October 21 – Day 1 of the IMCP Summit – Advance Michigan and its partners will meet with federal agencies to discuss current funding and ways to collaborate for future funding opportunities for support advanced manufacturing. The event continues on Thursday, October 22 – Day 2 of the IMCP Summit – and will feature breakout sessions focused on economic and community development issues.

More Information:
For a preview of speakers and an event agenda for the 2015 IMCP 2nd Annual Summit, visit:

To learn more about Advance Michigan and its region, partners, and accomplishments, visit:

Contact: David Palmer,, 734-478-0736

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