On Friday, key economic officials in the Obama Administration will visit Connecticut and tour local manufacturing sites and training facilities, including Asnuntuck, to learn how the state is supporting and strengthening manufacturing.

Jason Miller, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Jay Williams, a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, will lead the federal delegation and be joined by Commissioner Catherine Smith of the Department of Economic and Community Development, President Mark Ojakian of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities and others.

Last July, it was announced that the Obama Administration added Connecticut to the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. IMCP is designed to strengthen manufacturing capabilities across the country by supporting states with long-term economic development strategies and strong manufacturing industries.

As part of the IMCP initiative, federal officials from the White House and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will see first-hand what Connecticut is doing for its manufacturing companies and learn how the state can improve its supplier networks, build a pipeline of capable workers, update infrastructure, increase trade and investment, and improve manufacturing operations and access to capital.

They are meeting with members of Connecticut’s IMCP Consortium, a group of public, private and industry representatives committed to moving the state’s manufacturing industry forward. The consortium is led by DECD and consists of representatives from other state agencies, industry leaders, nonprofits and economic development organizations, and academic institutions.

The tour schedule is as follows:


WHAT: A roundtable discussion focused on workforce development and tour of the Asnuntuck Community College Advanced Manufacturing Center

WHY: Manufacturing company executives will discuss their workforce needs with consortium members, students and government officials.

WHERE: Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield

WHEN: Friday, June 3, 2016; 9-10:15 a.m.