Regional Affiliates

The Armstrong County Industrial Development Council maintains a network of regional service providers capable of assisting your organization in their area of proficiency.

Electro-Optics Center

The Penn State University Electro-Optics Center, located in Northpointe, is a national resource for advancing electro-optic and related technologies, partnering with government and commercial customers for the primary benefit of the U.S. War Fighter. Founded under the office of Naval Research Manufacturing Technology Initiative, programs include research and development, manufacturing process development and improvement, and the active transfer of new or improved technology to its commercial partners.

Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC)

The University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center is an active initiative of the University’s School of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering. Located in the University’s Applied Research Center (U-PARC), MAC offers Western Pennsylvania manufacturers shared access and hands-on training on advanced CNC machine tools and computer-aided design and manufacturing software. MAC has built its operations around the metalworking and machining segments of the Southwestern Pennsylvania base. The primary market focus has been the small and midsize manufacturing firms that use machining metal in manufacturing processes. Customers include small-, medium-, and high-volume production firms, prototype and contract machine shops, precision machining and tool and die production shops, engineering and design firms. In addition, MAC serves the University community, utilizing a practical hands-on model of applied engineering and computer science education.

Innovation Works

The goal of Innovation Works is to increase the success rate of the region’s technology companies by providing business expertise, direct investment, and hands-on support. Innovation Works is part of a collaborative network of organizations – including angel networks, venture capitalists, foundations, and public agencies – working to create a vibrant community of innovative companies in Southwestern Pennsylvania that will enable our region to succeed in the global economy.

Catalyst Connection

Catalyst Connection is dedicated to helping small and medium sized manufacturers in Southwestern Pennsylvania improve their competitive performance through an array of customized consulting services aimed at solving particular problems. Catalyst Connection can provide advice to help your business build a reputable workforce, improve your productivity, and expand and build your business over time. Catalyst Connection also works to strengthen the region’s capability to support manufacturing growth.

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)

The NCDMM has worked with numerous Department of Defense organizations and their industrial supply base since its inception in 2003. The NCDMM continues to expand that network to become increasingly involved with the manufacturing and machining issues facing Department of Defense organizations and their contractor community. Through these interactions, the NCDMM has developed and delivered innovative solutions that have been applied to the benefit of these organizations and the U.S. War Fighter.

The IUP Government Contracting Assistance Program (GCAP)

The IUP Government Contracting Assistance Program provides procurement technical assistance to firms interested in selling their goods or services to the local, state, and/or federal government.

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP)

PennTAP supports technology-based economic development in Pennsylvania. It helps Keystone State companies improve competitiveness by providing a limited amount of technological assistance at no cost. PennTAP technical specialists assist small companies by providing technical advice and information, as well as connections to other providers of technical support resources. The program focuses on helping smaller firms that normally do not have the in-house expertise or resources to resolve specific technology questions or needs.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding.  The PRA also works to support the growth of existing regional employers.

Pittsburgh Technology Council

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is the principal point of connection for companies from four primary clusters of the technology industry that are represented by a critical mass of businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania including, the Advanced Manufacturing/Materials, Green Technology, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors. The PTC provides the following services to its members: establishing new sales channels, boosting workforce and providing cost effective health care solutions or simply add bottom line savings.