The MOU signifies the growing headway the manufacturers group has been able to make in the state.
The memorandum includes a $15,000 commitment from the EDA to help with a pilot program that aims to more widely broadcast resources the NJMEP has to connect manufacturing companies with a pipeline of new labor from community colleges and vocational schools in the state.
The resource guide created by the NJMEP also will be tweaked by a joint group from the NJMEP and EDA to make it a better tool for the industry and educational institutions.
NJMEP CEO John Kennedy has said the industry is a $50 billion-plus sector that employs at least 360,000 workers in the state.
In December, Gov. Phil Murphy also highlighted the work the NJMEP has done by signing a bill that would provide $250,000 from the state to match a federal grant awarded to the NJMEP for being a top-performing program in the state.
The funding was slated to be used in Newark, Paterson and Trenton to expand apprenticeship programs in various sectors related to manufacturing.