The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program is an initiative designed to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds. It encourages 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.