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Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and TechConnect WV announced plans to launch a new program aimed at creating new high-tech manufacturing jobs.

The program, "StartUp WV Manufacturing," will help individuals and entrepreneurs turn ideas for new products or processes into reality, generating new jobs across the state, according to a news release from RCBI and TechConnect.

The program is being funded through an $85,000 grant the U.S. Economic Development Administration. 

"This program will help entrepreneurs and start-up firms find the expertise they need to get their product or device to market," said Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect WV. "West Virginia is extremely fortunate to have an advanced manufacturing technology center like RCBI with its experienced staff and wide range of state-of-the-art equipment. It's an incredible asset, and TechConnectWV is proud to partner with RCBI on this exciting initiative that will create new opportunities for West Virginia's small manufacturing businesses."

RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber said the program is for anyone who is "entrepreneurial, innovative and interested in using manufacturing technology to make your dreams a reality."

The grant from the EDA will provide financial assistance to turn an idea into a working model. The partnering groups said that in turn will help to attract, create and encourage new business opportunities as well as retain and grow existing businesses, "especially those in the technology-based manufacturing sector of our economy."

"This is an important opportunity for forward thinking West Virginians to bring their ideas to reality," Weber said in the news release. "Using RCBI's newly-announced Design Works labs, we will be able to assist in the concept-to-reality portion, which will help jumpstart the idea, turn it into a prototype and then move it forward to the production phase."

Grant applications are available online at www.techconnectwv.com or www.rcbi.org.

For information on StartUp WV Manufacturing, call RCBI at 800-469-7224.

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