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AMP IT UP! Matching Grants Now Available to Connect Students with Advanced Manufacturing Careers

November 1, 2012

Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077 (cell)

As announced by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray at the 2012 Massachusetts STEM Summit, MassDevelopment is now accepting applications for matching grants to eligible organizations that will create innovative programs to educate students and the adults in their lives about career options in advanced manufacturing. The grants represent a significant step forward in the new AMP it up! campaign promoting advanced manufacturing as an attractive career path. Through the community-based programs and activities that grant recipients will develop, MassDevelopment will work with these organizations to dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing and bolster the prospective employee base for these quality jobs.

“Our advanced manufacturing industry is in a stronger position for growth than it was five years ago, but continues to need new, well-trained talent ready for the next generation of innovative manufacturing in Massachusetts,” said Greg Bialecki, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “AMP it up! will help highlight the great, long-term job and career opportunities in manufacturing, and help connect young adults with companies seeking new employees.”

Eligible applicants must be Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations that work with students between the ages of 10 and 19. The application deadline is November 15, and grant awards will be made around December 15.

“Many people know what manufacturing was, but not many people know what the sector looks like today: advanced, technology-based, and innovative,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “These matching grants and the programs they engender will show students that innovative manufacturing companies in Massachusetts want to hire skilled workers.”

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2011, MassDevelopment financed or managed more than 300 projects generating investment of $3.8 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 10,000 jobs (2,547 permanent and 8,129 construction), and build or rehabilitate more than 1,000 residential units.