The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program was an Obama Administration initiative designed to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds. It encouraged communities to develop comprehensive economic development strategies that will strengthen their competitive edge for attracting global manufacturer and supply chain investments. Through IMCP, the federal government is rewarding best practices – coordinating federal aid to support communities’ strong development plans and synchronizing grant programs across multiple departments and agencies.
Led by the Town of Peterborough, a regional consortium of partners applied for designation as a "manufacturing community" in April, 2015. The official consortium included Southwest Regional Planning Commission, Monadnock Economic Development Corp., and Peterborough. Other supporters included RCAM at Keene State College, New Hampshire Ball Bearing, Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Ayotte, Congresswomen Kuster, NH Dept. of Resources & Economic Development, and others.
While the Consortium was unsuccessful in its attempt to be designated as a Manufacturing Community, great information was compiled that may be prove useful for other projects and initiatives. Below is a copy of the Industrial Ecosystem Report submitted to the Federal Gov.: