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Innovation Adoption Program to Support State Manufacturers

September 6, 2012

With a renewed and growing focus on manufacturing in the state and nation, TechConnectWV is teaming with the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) at Marshall University on a new program in conjunction with Innovation Works of Pittsburgh designed to increase manufacturing jobs and productivity.

The Innovation Adoption Program (IAP) will help eligible manufacturing companies in the state develop new products or processes in order to make them more competitive and accelerate business development and growth.

“In southwestern Pennsylvania, where this program originated, a wide variety of firms have utilized the IAP to develop new products, improve sales, and increase revenues.  Manufacturers participating in the program have improved their bottom line and stayed competitive, and we expect to see similar results in West Virginia,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnect.

Each firm selected for the IAP will receive technical support from a center of excellence, such as RCBI.   IAP funds and technical assistance will enable these companies to have access to rapid prototyping, design, testing, and analytical capabilities.  Project funding is capped at $25,000 and will require a match by the manufacturer.

For complete details, click here. Firms interested in finding out more about the IAP and eligibility guidelines should contact iap-pm@techconnectwv.org.

IAP funding is provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, which has made sustained investments in innovation-based economic development programs across West Virginia.