Place-based Playbook for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)
This playbook offers any community a three-step approach to building a holistic community-development strategy and describes existing Federal grant and technical assistance resources that communities can use to put that strategy into practice:
- Backbone: Build an organizational backbone with the insight needed to strengthen manufacturing and fully support the work that follows.
- Assessment: Conduct a community self-assessment of the local industrial ecosystem (i.e., the whole range of physical, capital, and human resource components needed for manufacturing activities) to identify current strengths and deficiencies.
- Tune-up: Develop a comprehensive and transformational tune-up strategy that can be sustained over time.
About the Place-Based Playbook
The Place-based Playbook was designed to support communities competing for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation. IMCP aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create a competitive climate for communities to attract manufacturing jobs and investment. The IMCP encourages communities to devise comprehensive economic development strategies that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains. Other place-based practitioners have found the Playbook useful for improving their own journey toward more effective and sustainable economic development.