Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in Brunswick is being awarded $2,050,000 in federal funding to support the establishment of an advanced manufacturing accelerator. The U.S Economic Development Administration is funding $750,000 of the project, while $1.3 is being provided through the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The funding was made possible through a collaborative Make it in America Challenge, which includes a number of federal agencies coming together to accelerate job creation, worker training and domestic business expansion.
"While this is good news for the greater Brunswick community, it will also have impacts statewide," said Michaud. "Many of the manufacturers and Maine businesses I visit talk about the need to expand the availability of training programs. This project has the potential to be an important part of efforts going on throughout our state to boost training opportunities in order to help our workers and businesses get ahead."
According to the Department of Labor, the grants announced today will support infrastructure improvements and renovation of Building 250, a former Navy maintenance facility at the closed Naval Air Station Brunswick to establish TechPlace -- an advanced manufacturing accelerator, and reduce dependency on H-1B visas in four targeted manufacturing sectors. When complete, TechPlace will provide office, shop, laboratory, and workspace for aerospace, aviation, advanced materials, renewable energy, and biotechnology manufacturing. The project will provide customized skills training leading to industry- recognized credentials for incumbent workers and increase access to career pathways for unemployed workers through a "co-op" education experience with a credential-based training model.