WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $100,000 in federal funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to the Commission on Economic Inclusion, which operates the Cleveland MBDA Business Center. The funds will be used to help Cleveland’s minority business community develop and implement advanced manufacturing initiatives.

In August 2014, Senator Brown met with representatives of Cleveland’s MBDA Business Center in Washington, D.C. at his weekly coffee with constituents and in 2011, he delivered remarks at the Business Center’s grand opening.

“Investments in advanced manufacturing are critical to ensuring that Ohio businesses can compete on a global scale,” Brown said. “These federal funds will spur innovation and production in Cleveland, boosting the local economy.”

Brown has introduced a package of key legislative proposals aimed at bolstering the competiveness of U.S. manufacturers and boosting domestic manufacturing. In September 2014, his bipartisan manufacturing jobs legislation written with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) cleared the U.S. House of Representatives. The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) would establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing.