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Special Initiatives

The IRC Network is proud to be part of several special initiatives, involving channel partners, economic development organizations and other statewide leaders.


PA Manufacturing Innovation Program

The goal of this program is to enable PA universities and colleges to seamlessly bring their capabilities to bear on industry led projects and position the Commonwealth at the forefront of the next wave of manufacturing innovation. A main component of this program is the Manufacturing Fellows Initiative which will support designated undergraduate and graduate student fellows at PA universities to work with PA manufacturers. University faculty/students will address projects identified by industry to help advance product or process innovations.

Contact your IRC or Visit ManufacturingPA.org to learn more


Pennsylvania Network for Open Innovation

On behalf of the IRC Network, Catalyst Connection is leading a state-wide initiative to help manufacturers implement and utilize an open innovation strategy.  Open innovation is a critical tool for increasing speed to market with more promising innovations, resulting in accelerated business growth.

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Dream It. Do It. PA – Workforce Development

Dream It. Do It. PA is a multi-regional workforce development partnership led by the Manufacturing Resource Center.  Its mission is to raise awareness of the promising technical career opportunities available in today’s advanced manufacturing world.

Visit Dreamitdoitpa.com to learn more


Make it in America Supplier Scouting

The Pennsylvania IRCs/Manufacturing Extension Partnerships are partnering with manufacturers and partners to celebrate great “Made in the USA” products while also finding more business opportunities for American manufacturers.

Contact your local center to learn more


America Makes -National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The Pennsylvania IRCs are partners in the $30 million Department of Defense investment to develop a consortium partnerships between dozens of companies, universities and nonprofit organizations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Visit americamakes.us to learn more