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New Hampshire Seacoast Aerospace Initiative

Otero County, New Mexico

Quad Cities First

New Hampshire Division of Economic Development
Concord, NH

When New Hampshire's aerospace industry took off in 2012, an entire region came together to lay the framework for what has become the state's fastest growing sector.

The opening of a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant by Safran Aerospace Composites and Albany Engineered Composites on the New Hampshire Seacoast positioned the region as a hub for composites manufacturing, giving rise to a true center of regional collaboration.

The Seacoast Aerospace Partnership is made up of the cities of Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester and Somersworth; the Pease International Tradeport; Great Bay Community College, the University of New Hampshire and the state’s Division of Economic Development. The goal of the partnership is to attract new businesses related to composites and other advanced manufacturing opportunities to create new jobs in a part of the state known for its manufacturing heritage.

The collective strength of the Seacoast Aerospace Partnership lies in the region’s depth of its workforce and commitment to ensure aerospace manufacturers have skilled workers to meet their needs and remain competitive. UNH offers degree programs and Great Bay Community College, through its composites program at the Advanced Technology and Academic Center, is able to develop customized training programs for companies.

Geography is a factor in attracting new business. Interstate 95, connecting Maine and Massachusetts, is the major commerce corridor and three rail lines move freight throughout the Northeast and beyond. The state's only deep-water port in Portsmouth is ice-free in the winter and 245 companies, employing over 8,300 people, work at the Pease International Tradeport - a large and diversified workforce drawn from three states.

One of the partnership’s joint recruitment efforts is a focus on Aero Montreal, the leading aerospace cluster in Quebec. Representatives of the partnership signed letters, written in French, inviting companies to consider expanding to the Seacoast.   The partnership was also represented at one of the largest industry trade shows, the International Paris Air Show.

Known for its business friendly environment, responsive government, low taxes and outstanding quality of life, New Hampshire offers a runway to success for the aerospace companies looking to land in a region of growth and opportunity.

For more information on New Hampshire’s aerospace sector, visit or contact Cynthia Harrington, business development manager, at 603-271-2591.

Otero County Economic Development Council, Inc.
Alamogordo, NM

The Otero County Economic Development Council’s, Inc., (OCEDC) strong commitment for cross-collaboration with partners in manufacturing, educational, workforce development, finance, businesses, governmental agencies, and other economic development organizations created new synergies for emerging high tech industries in south-central New Mexico. Creating and sustaining the right formula of strategic, regional partners helped lead to OCEDC’s successfully location of a new high-tech unmanned systems manufacturer to Alamogordo, New Mexico.  The company, Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc., (ETV) will manufacture unmanned and robotic air, ground, and maritime platforms, for use in a variety of different applications.  They will develop multi-purpose unmanned vehicles that assist in: Critical Infrastructure Protection, Force Protection/Security, Hazardous Material Handling, Explosive Ordnance and Counter IED Operations, Firefighting, Logistics, Law Enforcement, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Force Projection.

Recently, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a call to accept proposals for 3-4 new Regional Innovation Clusters, (RICs).  The RICs are highly-unique and independent – yet integral – parts of a dynamic national effort to drive technology-based regional economic development, create jobs, and advance U.S. competitiveness and innovation.  This RIC is a cross-collaborative and regional strategy, which will encompass a five-county area in southeastern New Mexico, affecting public and higher education, governmental agencies, and will help to attract new high-technology companies, and the potential to create hundreds of new, high wage jobs for New Mexico. On October 1, 2014, U.S. Senators representing New Mexico, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $547,000 for one of the newest SBA Regional Innovation Clusters in Southeastern New Mexico, to Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc. (ETV).  The successful award is a tribute to the cohesiveness and strength of regional partners, championed by OCEDC’s President and CEO, Mr. Michael Espiritu,  who have demonstrated a clear vision for the future of this state.

Quad Cities First
Davenport, IA/ Moline, IL

The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is the Quad Cities’ response to President Obama’s call for a renewed focus on U.S. Manufacturing. In 2013 the Quad Cities Chamber and Bi-State Regional Commission began jointly working toward establishing a manufacturing innovation hub. 

In 2013, based on locally supported manufacturing innovation efforts since 2010, the Bi-State Regional Commission and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) were awarded a grant under EDA’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) to develop an execution plan for the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub (Hub).  After a successful planning process over the past year that involved over 300 local stakeholders, a business plan for the Hub has been completed and will guide Hub implementation efforts. The Hub has already received “soft launch” at the international meeting of The Materials Society in Moline, Illinois on September 9-12, 2014 and will begin formal operations in the fourth quarter of this year with a focus on supporting manufacturing innovation for small and medium size manufacturers.

To take advantage of the new national manufacturing innovation institutes, manufacturing-intensive regions such as the Quad Cities will require new regional programs that can help individual companies with innovation in all areas – from technology to workforce development. The Hub will implement new regional programs that will help individual companies with innovation in all areas. The Hub has already established linkages with national manufacturing institutes such as the Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Detroit and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago. The Hub will support a regional focus on innovation as a management approach to improving competitiveness, especially for small to mid-size firms.

The hub will create an online database of manufacturers, suppliers and vendors to promote local supply solutions, facilitate the connection of local manufacturers to local, state, and federal innovation resources, and connect them with information in critical areas such as materials and technologies, supply chain optimization, export opportunities, access to capital and technical assistance.

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