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Executive Summary Report

The Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) investment in the Rio South Texas Region is now the driving force in aligning the work of existing Alliances under the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI). NAAMREI is a U.S. Department of Labor WIRED project devoted to the developing a skilled and talented workforce and the increasing business momentum of the Rio South Texas Region. Ultimately, it will provide transformational opportunity for the region to lead the nation and the world in rapid response manufacturing.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Economic Development Council which covers three counties within the Rio South Texas Region has released their 2009-2014 Regional Strategic Plans. The plan identifies strategic geographic location, infrastructure, land availability for development and growing manufacturing and business sector as STRENGHTS that are vital to the growth and prosperity of the region.

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Using an industry cluster analysis performed by Workforce Solutions, advanced manufacturing was identified as the sector offering the best fit for a plan to strategically position the region on a sustainable path to economic growth and prosperity.  Leaders in education at all levels, government, economic development groups and industry have come together to focus on the concept of rapid response manufacturing (RRM) as a key platform to help transform the region into a global leader in advanced manufacturing. To achieve this objective, the Region must come together in a broad-based effort to develop, coordinate, and strengthen ongoing initiatives committed to talent development. Providing the pipeline of skilled talent necessary to support and retain existing advanced manufacturing employers while developing the talent pool needed to attract new advanced manufacturing companied to Rio South Texas is vital to the area’s economic future.

Through NAAMREI a Consortium comprised of forty-seven public and private partners from a variety of industries and sectors evolved as a result of the work of three alliances in the region.
North American Technology and Innovation Alliance
Rio South Texas Manufacturing College Alliance
Region One Education Service Center (ESC) Texas Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics    (T-STEM) Alliance
To promote integration, the work of each Alliance corresponds to a “Strategic Goal” in the overall WIRED Project. From this perspective, the initiative will focus the investment made from WIRED funds on talent development activities, while leveraging funds from other sources to fulfill infrastructure activities. Part of the WIRED investment will be used to support a NAAMREI office that will provide guidance and technical support to the NAAMREI Consortium in compliance with all requirements on the use of WIRED investment. The WIRED investment will be the catalyst to integrate the alliances and launch the NAAMREI Consortium to transform the Rio South Texas region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
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