The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) was awarded a total of $1,892,000 in Federal aid to help create advanced manufacturing jobs and foster innovation in Greater Philadelphia. The project is funded through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a national competition administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Labors Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
DVIRC was granted $500,000 from the EDA in addition to $375,000 from NIST, $450,000 from the DOE, $400,000 from the ETA, and $167,000 from the SBA. All investments awarded under this Challenge are designed to support advanced manufacturing activities; help grow industry clusters by strengthening connections to regional economic development opportunities; enhance a regions capacity to create high-quality sustainable jobs; develop a skilled advanced manufacturing workforce; encourage the development of small businesses; and accelerate technological innovation.
“We were happy to provide information to DVIRC about the structure and performance of Greater Philadelphias manufacturing sector”, said Phil Hopkins, Vice President of Research for Select Greater Philadelphia. “The data focused on the advanced manufacturing subsectors that were covered in the proposal.”
This EDA investment supports the development of the Greater Philadelphia Transportation Equipment Cluster Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Skills Accelerator. This project enhances and grows the transportation equipment manufacturing cluster in the region by providing focused technical assistance to companies to incorporate advanced manufacturing processes, improve networking opportunities, and facilitate market expansion activities.
Since 1988, the DVIRC has been dedicated to assisting small and medium-sized manufacturers to grow and compete effectively from throughout the Philadelphia region.
The DVIRC offers programs and services that touch every area of the manufacturing business from finding the right workforce and enhancing productivity, to finding the right computer system and setting up the best manufacturing processes. In effect, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center brings the latest technology, methodology and practices to bear on the immediate needs of local manufacturing firms.
The DVIRC currently works with over 180 manufacturers-a-year having a documented impact of over $45 million dollars in value-added revenues for its clients. Additionally, client satisfaction ratings currently average a tremendous 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5!
EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the applicants eligibility, the applications merit, and the availability of funds.