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September 24, 2015 – Macomb Daily

Macomb County firms that perform defense-related work are expected to benefit from a $6 million federal grant awarded recently by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment.

The grant will support the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative, a collection of several organizations and agencies that span 13 counties in southeastern Michigan. The Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board will serve as fidicuary of the grant.

Combined with matching funds, the grant will total about $6.75 million and support 15 projects that promote research, industrial and talent development essential to the defense industry. In Macomb County, the funding will benefit cross-sector industries that support defense and other industries in the enhancement of robotics, automated systems and connected vehicle technologies, as well as cybersecurity-related projects. In particular, the grant will assist the Michigan Automated Systems Collaborative, whose mission is to market and grow the robotic and automated system industries in Michigan.

“Macomb County is home to a dynamic and advanced defense industry,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “Over two-thirds of all defense contracts in the state have a presence in Macomb County. With support from this grant, Macomb County will continue to strengthen its ties to the defense industry by investing in infrastructure, supporting businesses, and advancing our workforce.”

 

The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.

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