Gr8t Manufacturing launched in November 2018 as a business-led partnership for manufacturers in Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren Counties. Since that time, 50+ companies have been working collaboratively through quarterly meetings and action teams on ideas to strengthen and grow manufacturing in the region, focusing on three key priorities:
Goal: Increase overall GDP for Northwest PA manufacturers by connecting manufacturers to solve common problems, explore new business opportunities and exchange best practices.
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Branding the Region
Goal: Bring talent back to the region by showcasing benefits of the region as well as the breadth of manufacturing career opportunities.
Current Project: #Return2NWPA social media campaign featuring stories of those working in manufacturing who have successfully and happily returned to the region.
Promote Manufacturing Careers
Goal: a) Build a skilled workforce to fuel future growth of manufacturing in Northwest PA, (b) Increase enrollment in local technical schools by promoting manufacturing careers through facility tours, job fairs and events, and (c) Inform parents and students of manufacturing career opportunities.