A milestone moment was reached this morning as Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, and other elected, business, and civic leaders gathered to break ground for the new home of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center St. Louis.
The new home for AMICSTL is located next to Ranken Technical College in North St. Louis and will serve as an anchor institution for the St. Louis metro’s advanced manufacturing sector.
“We are leveraging the rich history and knowledge in manufacturing and our current strengths in innovation and workforce training to position the region for the future—to be an epicenter for advanced manufacturing that will contribute to driving inclusive economic growth for our communities, our bi-state region, and the state,” said AMICSTL Board Chair Dennis Muilenburg.
AMICSTL was conceived by the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. AMICSTL received $7 million in federal funding as part of the metro’s winning Build Back Better Regional Challenge proposal, for which GSL was the formal applicant on behalf of the St. Louis metro, an effort it coordinated and spearheaded with the public-sector St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. The region's winning BBBRC proposal provided $25 million in total funding for advanced manufacturing priorities across the metro.
“Advanced manufacturing is one of the true engines of growth for St. Louis, and AMICSTL will serve as a cornerstone for our region’s advanced manufacturing industry and as a catalyst for community-led development in North St. Louis,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. "We are proud that our public-private partnership with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership to lead the winning the Build Back Better Regional Challenge proposal that prioritized AMICSTL provided the capital to make this STL 2030 Jobs Plan signature priority a reality.”
"Receiving the Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant truly showcases the power of collaboration among organizations for the betterment of our community and region," said Rodney Crim, CEO and President of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. "Congratulations on this remarkable milestone—the launch of The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center. This cutting-edge facility is poised to drive innovation and elevate the workforce within St. Louis's advanced manufacturing industry."