Marcia L. Fudge

09/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2020 17:55

Fudge, Kaptur Announce Nearly $600,000 Federal Award for Cleveland State University

WASHINGTON -Today, Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) released the following statement announcing Cleveland State University's federal grant of $599,998 awarded by the Economic Development Administration's Build to Scale Program. These funds will be used to establish the Entrepreneurial Manufacturer Digitization Support (EMDiS) Center to assist small manufacturers with considering, acquiring, and implementing cost-effective digital manufacturing technologies. These new state-of-the-art digital manufacturing tools will allow small manufacturers to be competitive with foreign markets, assist with meeting supplier quality compliance and lead to the creation and retention of 100 regional jobs.

'I am proud this award will help to establish a digital manufacturing Center of Excellence in my district,' said Rep. Fudge. 'The ability of Cleveland State University to provide digital services to small manufacturers is invaluable as they attempt to compete with larger companies. As many of our small businesses struggle to recover from the effects of the current pandemic, the EDA's award will help spur economic recovery and growth in our region.'

'I am thrilled to announce close to $600k for Cleveland State University to boost Northern Ohio innovation,' said Rep. Kaptur. 'During these challenging circumstances compounded by ever widening inequality, these funds will help ensure our region stays on the cutting edge of job creation and technological innovation going forward.'