Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership

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The Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP) is an alliance of urban and rural communities to deepen integration of Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Portland-Vancouver metropolitan economies. Our region has a long history as a manufacturing and global export hub, drawing from our rich natural resource base, and culture of innovation.

Today, our diverse portfolio of economic sectors is based on human capital, research and an ongoing culture of innovation. This portfolio ranges from computer chips to unmanned aerial vehicles, streetcar manufacturing, footwear design, and includes craft world-class wines and beers.

Our world-class universities and research centers are leading the nation in advanced material sciences and technological innovation allowing us to remain competitive in the global economy. The integration of our leading manufacturing sectors—advanced materials, agriculture and food processing, forest and wood products, computers and electronics and metals—are based on our legacy and provide the foundation for our continued advances in the manufacturing economy.

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The Federal IMCP Initiative

The Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP) was formed in response to a federal initiative: the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), which aims to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and create a competitive climate for job creation and private investment. In 2014, 12 qualified U.S. communities with winning strategies received the designation of "Manufacturing Community" that gives them elevated consideration for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 13 cabinet departments and agencies.

IMCP Application

The Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership submitted a second application PDF on April 1, 2015, for Round II of the IMCP competition for designation as a manufacturing community. Additional application documentation is available in the resource box at the right. Successful communities also would potentially receive additional catalytic federal investments to support their economic development strategies.

More than 112 letters of support were sent to the U.S. Department of Commerce asking for approval of the partnership's applications, including 2015 endorsements from Oregon Governor Kate Brown, state and federal legislative leadership,PDF and Oregon Congressional Senators and Representatives.PDF

The Oregon House unanimously sent 2015 legislation to Governor Kate Brown that creates the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership Advisory Committee. On April 1, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 482 PDF that statutorily recognizes PNMP and authorizes Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency to administer the partnership. The department will focus on facilitating regional collaboration among the manufacturing sector by working with relevant education and research institutions. The Senate Bill was sponsored locally by Senators Edwards and Representative Val Hoyle. A similar bill, SB 6078 was recently introduced and heard in the Washington State legislature.

Catalytic Project

PNMP's catalytic project component to the IMCP application is related to the commercialization of cross laminated timber (CLT) in the Northwest. CLT and associated advanced wood products manufacturing technologies combine our region's traditional competitive advantage in softwood timber supply from Pacific Northwest forests with advanced material science. Learn more >>