Council on Competiveness grant to boost manufacturing, jobs
South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness has scored $200,000 to help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing and create jobs, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said Thursday. The money is part of the first round of funding in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership,” a program of the Obama administration. Columbia was one of 44 communities nationwide to receive money in the first round. The council will use the money to complete a strategic plan started under the S.C. Department of Commerce Aerospace Task Force and to create the Aerospace Implementation Council. The projects will help the state grow its aerospace industry, which already has more than 180 manufacturing companies and suppliers employing more than 20,000, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website.