Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA Initiative Funds 17 Projects to Spur Innovation in Manufacturing

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $1 million in grants through the Manufacturing PA initiative. The 17 projects receiving the funding will spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.

“The manufacturing climate is changing faster than ever before,” Governor Wolf said. “In order to remain competitive in the global market, we have to ensure we’re constantly supporting manufacturing innovation. These projects are vital to help push our manufacturing sector forward.”

The approved projects are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program. The program embeds the commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. Universities that have partnered with a manufacturer can apply for and receive between $25,000 and $70,000 in funding for specific student research projects.

The complete list of 17 projects including funding amounts and manufacturing partners can be found here. The approved projects help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, from advanced medical, to aerospace, to steel production. Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Lehigh University, Robert Morris University, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Behrends College – PSU, and University of Pittsburgh partnered with local manufacturing companies to pair student fellows with the 17 projects. Additional details about many of the projects themselves can be found on the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program website.

The fellowship was developed through collaboration with Pennsylvania’s seven research institutions, manufacturers, and industrial resource centers (IRCs) across the commonwealth and is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including IRCs, Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.

In the 2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal, Governor Wolf is calling for an additional $4 million to help Pennsylvania manufacturers train workers and $6 million to expand career and technical education for adults.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the DCED website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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