AMI Awarded $2M Grant from Florida Department of Commerce to Deploy Smart Manufacturing Lab

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI) has been awarded a $2M grant from the Florida Department of Commerce to develop an Advanced Manufacturing Learning Environment in partnership with Daytona State College. The initiative will assist in the development of Industry 4.0 learning pathways for traditional and non-traditional learners who prepare to meet the workforce challenges of the regional manufacturing community today and in the future. The project team will work to deploy a hands-on learning environment tailored to elevate the skills and competencies of students. The long-term goal is to establish a regional talent pipeline that becomes an accelerator of economic growth. A highly skilled technical workforce is key to attracting new industry to Florida. Delivering world-class training in advanced manufacturing will ensure a constant conduit of talent, helping to recruit and retain manufacturing companies.  

AMI will work with Daytona State College and leverage partnerships with equipment manufacturers, content creators, and software providers. Florida has consistently and unfailingly placed a high value on economic and workforce development investments around the state. Volusia County and the Space Coast Region are uniquely positioned to demonstrate the value of that investment. As high-tech manufacturing continues to move into the region and the workforce becomes better prepared these will help drive the economy.  

“With the growth and expansion of the Space Coast, and the increased demand for a skilled workforce, this initiative will help equip Floridians with advanced manufacturing skills and industry-recognized credentials that will ensure jobs continue to drive innovation,” stated Joe Veranese, CEO of AMI.    

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