Power Up Now at Work

Recent Accomplishments

Power Up Now, along with area economic development agencies, helped secure one of 12 nationwide “Manufacturing Community” designations awarded by the U.S. Commerce Department through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) — an initiative intended to support job creation and accelerate growth in the manufacturing sector. Through IMCP, 11 federal agencies and programs with over $1.3 billion in federal economic development assistance will coordinate efforts to support the strategies developed by each of the 12 designated communities.

More than 70 applications were submitted for the designation and each was evaluated based on strengths, opportunities and possible long-term impacts on job creation. McHenry and Lake Counties succeeded in securing this special designation and the federal funding to implement new programs. The manufacturing sector is a primary business development target for Power Up Now and we look forward to continued collaboration with these partners aimed at generating opportunities for our electrical contractor community.