DECD: Manufacturing Innovation Fund - fixed Department of Economic and Community Development DECD: Manufacturing Innovation Fund - fixed

Manufacturing Innovation Fund

The Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund (Fund) supports the growth, innovation and progress of Connecticut's advanced manufacturing sector.  It does so by:

      ·E ncouraging company/university collaboration in research and development efforts;    

      ·P roviding vouchers to assist with business development and technical needs; 

      ·F unding job training and educational programs that strengthen workforce skills; and

      ·P roviding matching funds for federal grants.

The Fund is administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) with the advice and counsel of an 11-member advisory board. 

  • Create a center for manufacturing innovation excellence
    • Help manufacturers adapt innovative processes, technologies, and materials, creating value-added products/services that transform the business
  • Strengthen the supply chain network
    • Assist supply chain companies to gain more work from Original Equipment Manufacturers in domestic and global markets; ensure they are equipped to meet expected demand increases
  • Ensure continuous workforce development 
    • With education/training partners, continue to assure Connecticut has a productive, flexible, and well-trained labor pool with competitive skills
Investment Focus
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Transformation of manufacturing infrastructure through R&D efforts
  • Training and education to help ensure that Connecticut’s manufacturing industries are competitive on a global basis
  • Special support of companies in Designated Communities
  • Leveraging funds from both the private sector and the federal government
Type of Assistance
Eligible Applicants 
  • An aerospace, medical device or other company or nonprofit organization specializing in or providing technologically advanced commercial products or services
  • A state or federally certified education and training program designed to meet an anticipated demand for appropriately skilled and trained workers
  • An entity desiring to leverage federal grant funds to support advancement in manufacturing
  • An applicant must operate in Connecticut or propose to relocate operations; and
  • Assistance in the form of loans/grants must be matched by non-state sources; and
  • The return on the investment must follow the objectives for job growth and leveraging investment opportunities.
Eligible Expenditures
  • Develop and/or modernize manufacturing equipment
  • Support technological advancements in manufacturing
  • Encourage advanced manufacturing research and development
  • Assist in expansion
  • Train the workforce
  • Attract new manufacturers to the state
  • Sponsor education
  • Match federal grant funds
  • As allowed under the Voucher Program
Approval Process
The applicants will go through an approval process that will include:
  • Due diligence
  • Evaluation
  • Award
Advisory Board
Catherine H. Smith, Chairman
Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development
Donald Balducci, Sr. Advisor of Manufacturing
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.
Colin Cooper, CEO
Whitcraft Group
Beverlee Dacey, President
Amodex Products, Inc.
Chris DiPentima, President
Pegasus Manufacturing
John Harrity, Director
Todd Pihl, General Manager
Web Industries, Inc.
Kelli-Marie Vallieres, President & CEO
Sound Manufacturing, Inc., and Monster Power Equipment, Inc.
John Zoldy
Medallon, Inc.
Advisory Board Schedules and Meeting Minutes
Minutes: January 10, 2017, February, 16, 2017, no minutes for March/meeting cancelled, April 20, 2017, no minutes for May/meeting cancelled, June 20, 2017, no minutes for July/meeting cancelled, August 22, 2017September 21, 2017October 19, 2017, and November 2017.
Note: There will be a regular MIF Board meeting on August 17, 2017, at 11:30 AM.
(Added 6/28/2018:  Friday July 6, 2018 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Annual Reports
For additional information contact Carmen Molina-Rios at 860-270-8234.