This playbook offers any community a three-step approach to building such a strategy and describes existing Federal grant and technical assistance resources that communities can use to put that strategy into practice:
- Backbone: Build an organizational backbone with the insight needed to strengthen manufacturing and fully support the work that follows.
- Assessment: Conduct a community self-assessment of the local industrial ecosystem (i.e., the whole range of physical, capital, and human resource components needed for manufacturing activities) to identify current strengths and deficiencies.
- Tune-up: Develop a comprehensive and transformational tune-up strategy that can be sustained over time.
As your community prepares to attract new manufacturing investment, as well as improve support for existing manufacturing businesses and workers, please keep in mind that manufacturing is only one component of a larger business ecosystem. It is important to build a competitive strategy that supports all aspects of this broader business ecosystem.
Often we find ourselves planning along traditional lines of thinking honed by years of experiences working in our individual spaces. Many place-based initiatives, however, are based on the concepts of industrial ecology and sustainability, which view a growing and prosperous community as the product of an effective industrial ecosystem. Using an ecosystem analysis, you can examine issues from multiple perspectives, usually involving aspects of sociology, the environment, economy and technology.
Is your community ready to start developing its strategy? Explore "BAT" and the six resource areas in this Playbook.