Industry Resources

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Industry resources

Local Resources

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is the lead economic development agency for Nebraska emphasizing growing and diversifying the state’s economic base, and bringing new dollars into the state.

Dream!t Do!t Nebraska
Dream!t Do!t (DIDI) is the national umbrella brand for driving manufacturing growth in regional economies. Twenty states are currently participating in DIDI including Nebraska through support of the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition.


National Resources

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products.

American Small Manufacturers Coalition
The American Small Manufacturers Coalition's (ASMC) mission is to help small manufacturers succeed. Through the NIST MEP program and related manufacturing legislation, ASMC can achieve its mission and strive to be the single most influential force in transforming U.S. small manufacturers into high-performance global competitors, thereby assuring a more prosperous and secure America.

National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
Hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the AMNPO is staffed by representatives from federal agencies with manufacturing-related missions as well as fellows from manufacturing companies and universities. The interagency office is charged with (1) convening and enabling industry-led, private-public partnerships focused on manufacturing innovation and engaging U.S. universities and (2) designing and implementing an integrated whole of government advanced manufacturing initiative to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across federal agencies.

American Industrial Extension Alliance
The American Industrial Extension Alliance (AIEA) has as its primary purpose the modernization of American manufacturing. Founded in 1992 by nearly two dozen state industrial extension groups, AIEA seeks to raise the visibility of its members and promote their capabilities within state and federal government agencies.

Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
Organized in 1974, the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. In consonance with the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and related federal policy, FLC’s mission is to promote and facilitate the rapid movement of federal laboratory research results and technologies into the mainstream of the U.S. economy. Towards this goal, a comprehensive resource search database—FLCBusiness—was created to provide businesses with easy access to the following information:

  • New technologies
  • Laboratory facility space and laboratory equipment
  • Funding opportunities
  • Lab-specific, special programs

Service Providers
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