White House announces huge manufacturing grant for Southern California
The newly announced federal grant for Southern California manufacturing sector is the result of local leaders' seriousness about investing in jobs and leaving the recession behind, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
The White House on Wednesday announced that Southern California would share a grant of $1.3 billion with around a dozen other regions of the U. S. as part of the federal commerce department's Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program.
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and nearly twenty of the California Congressional members had long been lobbying the Obama administration for a grant for the state's manufacturing sector.
After the announcement of the grant, Mayor Garcetti said, "Today's announcement is the result of us being loud and clear in Washington that we're serious about investing in jobs here in California."
The state will use the grant to meet some of its persistent challenges - providing companies with access to investment capital; making sure that community colleges and universities collaborate to offer the right kind of training to potential workforce; and boosting research & development (R&D).
With a well-educated workforce, a global population with strong overseas ties, and capable ports to move goods to market; Southern California has long been a significant manufacturing hub in the U. S, exporting everything ranging from canned tuna to aircrafts.
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