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Council on Competitiveness Awarded EDA Grant to Support Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Council Creates Public-Private Partnership to Make Small Businesses More Competitive Through Game Changing Technology

March 04, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $2 million grant to the Council on Competitiveness today to create a public-private partnership that will help small and medium sized manufacturers in the Midwest compete in the global economy through the use of “game changing” modeling and simulation technology. The announcement was made by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez following a meeting with small businesses and manufacturing leaders at the White House.

The grant from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is being matched by $2.5 million in private sector funding from General Electric, John Deere, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble and Purdue University. The partnership will launch the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC), a national public-private initiative that will focus on educating and training small to medium-sized businesses on modeling and simulation technology.   

“This pilot project exemplifies the potential for public-private partnerships to play a pivotal role in the growth of the U.S. economy. Through this investment, the Administration is joining with the private sector in recognizing the importance of modeling and simulation to the competitiveness of our small businesses and the health of our manufacturing base,” said Council President and CEO Deborah Wince-Smith.

The goals of the project are to lower the barriers for small and medium-sized manufacturers for adopting modeling and simulation and high performance computing for purposes of increasing their design and innovation capacity, shortening time-to-market for products, manufacturing safer products, and increasing quality while lowering costs.

The National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium is being coordinated by the Council on Competitiveness in collaboration with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Inc., the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Illinois, and the Ohio Supercomputing Center. In addition to the U.S. Department of Commerce, interagency partners include the Departments of Defense and Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Small Business Administration.

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