Central Valley Named One of 12 Regions Nationwide for Federal Manufacturing Communities Program
New IMCP designation offers the Central Valley preferential consideration for federal funding; will spur agriculture manufacturing job growth
Sacramento, CA — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced today that the Central Valley – comprising 28 counties in California’s heartland spanning Redding to Bakersfield – was named one of 12 new communities across the country to earn a designation under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. A program of the Obama administration, IMCP is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies.
The Sacramento Region’s congressional offices of Bera, Garamendi and Matsui were all highly supportive of and engaged in the IMCP grant application process. “California’s Central Valley is the breadbasket for the world and Sacramento is the nation’s Farm to Fork capital. With this IMCP designation, partners as diverse as Fresno State, UC Davis, Valley Vision and others will undertake an effort to modernize and boost the Central Valley’s food and beverage manufacturing abilities,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “The designation means that the Central Valley AgPlus partners will receive preferential consideration for a variety of federal programs and together they will lead an effort to create a more cost-efficient and sustainable food manufacturing process. Sacramento has cemented itself as a leader in the agricultural economy and this designation will help create new jobs and grow our food manufacturing industry.”
The rigorous application process was spearheaded by the Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium, an unprecedented 28-county cohort. The cohort was led by economic development leaders from Fresno and Chico State, the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, UC Davis World Food Center, SACOG and Valley Vision on behalf of the Capital Region’s Next Economy partners, who together responded to the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration IMCP grant.
“The opportunity and challenge facing the Central Valley is to claim more value from agricultural production through the food processing industry, along with its supply and distribution chains,” said Mike Dozier, executive director of Fresno State’s Office of Community & Economic Development, the lead office for the project and now fiscal agent.
“This is a huge win for the entire Central Valley representing 1,600 companies in this sector,” stated Bill Mueller, Valley Vision’s chief executive. “The IMCP effort is an outgrowth initiative of the Next Economy job strategy that will have immense benefit for our food and beverage manufacturing businesses and middle-skills jobs across the Central Valley."
The 12 communities were selected by an interagency panel based on the strength of their economic development plans, the potential for impact in their communities and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sectors to carry out their plans. Consortium members worked together to identify a sector of manufacturing where our communities have a comparative advantage and drafted a strategic plan that addresses workforce and supply chain challenges; infrastructure; research and innovation; trade and investment; capital access; and operational improvement for manufacturing companies.
The IMCP designation now offers the Central Valley preferential consideration for up to $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 14 different federal agencies to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in their region. “The Central Valley represents the largest geographic area ever designated under an IMCP designation,” Mueller noted.
The Central Valley Consortium will focus on innovative technologies that improve use of water and energy, reduce waste and improve food safety are being incubated in the Valley. “Funding will be allocated toward driving increased productivity and contribute to solving global resource challenges, including California’s severe drought,” said Dozier.
27 Consortium members and 22 supporting partner organizations.
Members: California State University, Fresno; California State University, Chico; Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority; Valley Vision; University of California, Davis; AgTech Innovation Fund; CalAsian Pacific Chamber of Commerce 8. Center for Land-Based Learning; Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium; City of Avenal; City of Davis; City of Fresno; City of Sacramento; City of Winters; CSU Fresno Water, Energy, and Technology Center; Davis Chamber of Commerce; Fresno Community Development Financial Institution; JBT FoodTech; Los Rios Community College District; NextEd; Northern California World Trade Center; PackageOne, Inc.; Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Sacramento Employment and Training Agency; Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; Solano Economic Development Corporation; and UC Merced Small Business Development Center. Consortium Partners: Office of Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-6); Office of Congressman John Garamendi (D-3); Office of Congressman Ami Bera (D-7); Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; California Community Colleges, Chancellor's Office; California Workforce Investment Board; California Department of Food and Agriculture; California Department of Health and Human Services; California League of Food Processors; California Rice Commission; California State University, Chico; Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance; California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation; ChicoStart; County of Sacramento; County of Yolo; Madera County Workforce Investment Board; City of West Sacramento; Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency; Innovate Northstate; Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium; and Shasta College.
Related links: Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) - http://www.eda.gov/challenges/imcp/index.htm; Office of Community & Economic Development - http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/oced/; Valley Vision http://valleyvision.org/resources/agplus-imcp-proposal-full-document