This Brookings blog post discusses the Obama Administration's new Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, which will back coordinated, sustainable investment in advanced manufacturing in U.S. localities. Aside from the welcome financial support, a cornerstone of this initiative is its recognition of the emphatically regional underpinnings of U.S. manufacturing. All industries tend to reach critical mass in certain places; firms cluster together to tap into their community's infrastructure, institutions, and human capital. By collaborating with regulators to bolster the density, efficiency, and vitality of their local clusters, U.S. regions can stir the nation's overall macroeconomic competitiveness and growth.
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