U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced today that the central Puget Sound region was one of 12 communities nationwide winning a Manufacturing Communities designation as part of a federal initiative.
PSRC developed the proposal to designate the state’s aerospace industry. This special designation means strategic assistance and preferential status for two years on applications for $1.3 billion in federal grants.
“A century of aerospace leadership has taught this region that working together is the best path forward,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, President of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
“This will help our region become even more resilient as international competition grows fiercer every day, and will help keep the best manufacturing jobs in America.”
The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide.
It supports the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.
The manufacturing designation helps support the aim of the Washington State Aerospace Strategy, PSRC’s Regional Economic Strategy and other economic strategies throughout the state to grow this key source of family-wage manufacturing jobs.
The application was a collaborative effort, receiving broad support from labor, industry, economic development organizations, education, and congressional partners across the state.