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QCA And Colleges Partner For Manufacturing

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It's a collaboration to further economic development and educational opportunities not only in the QCA but other regions.

Western Illinois University, the University of Illinois, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Laboratory and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will create a lab that functions as a national resource for research and development of advanced materials and manufacturing technology for both commercial and military applications.
        
The resources available at the  lab allow businesses to take an idea for a product and turn it into a reality through modeling, simulation and prototyping.

"This is about the next generation in manufacturing," Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) 17th District said. "It's about understanding how technology plays a role in that and how our work force plays into that."

The collaboration among W.I.U and the University of Illinois and other partners will allow for additional expertise and opportunities for businesses and industries.