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Second Round of AMP It Up! Matching Grants Now Available to Connect Students With Advanced Manufacturing Careers

October 4, 2013

Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077

As announced today by Governor Deval Patrick as part of the Commonwealth’s celebration of National Manufacturing Day, MassDevelopment is now accepting applications for matching grants to eligible organizations that will create innovative programs to educate students and adults about career options in advanced manufacturing. The grants are the second round available through the AMP it up! campaign, which promotes 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 manufacturing and bolster the prospective employee base for these quality jobs.

Eligible applicants must be Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations that address education and workforce issues. The application deadline is November 15, and grant awards will be made around December 15. In 2012, MassDevelopment provided $92,736 to 10 entities representing 47 organizations across the Commonwealth in the first round of AMP it up! grants. Programs ranged from 3D printing and CAD “tinkershops” to teacher externships and tours of manufacturing facilities.

“Thanks to the work of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and the AMP it up! campaign, people across Massachusetts realize that the new world of manufacturing is advanced, technology-based, and innovative,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “These additional grants and the programs they engender will grow the budding partnership among companies; educational and workforce organizations; and students and adults who can embrace manufacturing as a career.”

For more information about the program, visit the AMP it up! website and Twitter feed. MassDevelopment is also seeking creative projects from Massachusetts businesses and nonprofits that could use grant funding from the new Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund and would promote the Commonwealth’s manufacturing sector.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2012, MassDevelopment financed or managed 280 projects generating investment of more than $2.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 12,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 900 residential units.