The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) a grant for $122,500 for their proposed “Economic Recovery, Readiness & Resurgence Program (ERRRP) to serve manufacturers located in Northwest Pennsylvania. The ERRRP will help companies off-set the costs to implement business improvement and growth projects identified through NWIRC’s COVID-19 Recovery Program. The grant will also help to elevate awareness and usage of the new manufacturing business to business (B2B) website launched by GR8T Manufacturing (a next generation sector partnership) to facilitate the connection of manufacturers for sourcing parts and services, solving common problems, exploring new business opportunities, and exchanging promising practices.

Northwest Commission and North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission provided technical assistance for the completion and Pennsylvania submission of the ARC Area Development grant supporting this initiative serving 13 counties of PA. For more information about how the program can help your company, contact Bob Zaruta at