Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
For more than 25 years, the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has been committed to enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. As the global manufacturing climate has shifted, MEP has evolved to meet changing needs. With federal funding through the National Institute of Standards and Technology, MEP is a public-private partnership, created as a cost-share program between federal, state or private funds and client fees. APEG is one of six sister affiliates of Ohio MEP.
The Small Business Administration (SBA)
APEG’s forest and wood products program is funded through an SBA Regional Innovation Cluster initiative. The agency offers a variety of supporting programs to encourage entrepreneurship and small businesses.
Appalachian Regional Commission
APEG and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia works with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Washington, D.C. and with various local entities to promote the region’s assets and support initiatives that positively increase the economic activity of the region.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county Local Development Districts, including four Local Development Districts in Ohio.