The U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor announced on Tuesday that the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority of Brunswick is one of 10 winners of the nationwide Make It in America Challenge and will receive grants totalling $2,050,000. The Challenge is an initiative aimed at accelerating job creation and encouraging business investment in the United States. The funds will be allocated as follows:

• $750,000 to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority to renovate Building 250, a former Navy maintenance facility at the closed Naval Air Station Brunswick, and establish TechPlace - an advanced manufacturing accelerator. When complete, TechPlace will provide office, shop, laboratory, and workspace for aerospace, aviation, advanced materials, renewable energy, and biotechnology manufacturing. The project is expected to create nearly 300 jobs in the area.

• $1.3 million to Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. from the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to reduce dependency on H-1B visas in four manufacturing sectors, and provide skills training leading to industry-recognized credentials and increase acces to careers for unemployed workers through a "co-op" education experience with a credential-based training model.