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What does SW Ohio's "manufacturing community" designation mean?
The region is one of a dozen getting the designation from the feds

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The federal government has chosen southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky as one of 12 designated “Manufacturing Communities.” For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports on a designation similar to the one that is credited with spurring the transformation of Youngstown.

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The idea is to provide special support to regions well-situated to become centers for manufacturing.

Eleven different federal agencies are distributing more than a billion dollars to the 12 communities chosen. The areas will also get a federal liaison to help them think strategically about promoting themselves as manufacturing hubs.

The Ohio/Kentucky region is led by Cincinnati, and includes Dayton, Springfield and Middletown; Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and Covington and Newport, Kentucky.

Ohio and Kentucky were in the running against 70 applicants. Some of the other areas picked as “Manufacturing Communities” are southwest Alabama, southern California, Chicago, and the Tennessee Valley.

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