Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) and her colleagues sent a letter to Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker in support of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) application for the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation, which would help boost innovation and job creation in the aerospace and defense industries in the region.

Brownley led the effort to get Ventura County included in the AMP SoCal initiative, which includes industry, local and regional government, economic development organizations, community colleges, universities, workforce investment boards, and philanthropic organizations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura counties.

“I have been working closely with the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, and California State University Channel Islands to ensure that Ventura County is at the forefront of AMP SoCal efforts to obtain an Investment in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation from the Department of Commerce,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “This designation will help our region maintain its leadership in the aerospace and defense industries, bringing jobs and investment to Ventura County.”

“The Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County (WIB) welcomes the opportunity to join business, education, economic development, government, and community leaders in supporting the new AMP So Cal regional initiative,” said Cheryl Moore, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. “We appreciate the work of Congresswoman Brownley in facilitating Ventura County’s inclusion in the partnership. The advanced manufacturing sector in Ventura County will bring innovation, productivity, flexibility, and agility to development of a competitive Southern California region in the global marketplace.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.

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