The University of Alaska Anchorage has been awarded $150,000 by an agency within the US Department of Commerce for a study of Alaska's small and mid-sized manufacturers. 

In a release Friday, UAA announced its new funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a study into the viability of a Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Alaska, which “would provide services for manufacturing firms to enhance their productivity, innovative capacity and technological performance—ultimately strengthening Alaska’s and America’s global competitiveness.”

Many have high hopes for the project’s potential to strengthen and expand Alaska’s manufacturing industry, including UACED Executive Director Christi Bell. 

“For years, we have been looking at ways to support Alaska’s manufacturing industry, and this grant award will significantly aid these efforts. We are excited to have the opportunity to engage UAA and the UA system in this way and to kick off a stronger relationship with NIST to expand our state’s manufacturing sector.”

UAA's Center for Economic Development will be partnering with  World Trade Center Alaska, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, Juneau Economic Development Council and Green Star Inc. on the project, which is set to last for six months, beginning in March.