Hogan Launches Maryland Supply Chain Resiliency Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced in a press release today the launch of the Maryland Supply Chain Resiliency program, a new initiative for supporting resilience building activities for Maryland manufacturers.

“This new program is an innovative way to help manufacturers deal with these challenges and boost the resiliency of our supply base,” Hogan said in a statement.

A collaboration between the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the program will provide opportunities for Maryland manufacturers to learn and share best practices for improving their supply chains, helping to manage through the current supply chain crisis, improve outcomes, and reduce risk. In addition, the initiative will help manufacturers connect with local suppliers, customers, and partners.

Available grants for technical assistance to manufacturers that lost sales, revenue, contracts, customers, or suppliers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those with a workforce or supply chain disrupted by the pandemic. Assistance ranges from helping a business identify new markets and supply chain solutions, to export activities, executive coaching, and adopting and implementing new technologies.

Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz said the state recognizes the pandemic hurt many manufacturers, and that the grant will be able to assist them. “With COVID-19 still having a significant impact on our global supply chain, we are hopeful this program will offer short-term and long-term solutions for our manufacturers.”

To be eligible for the program, a company must meet a certain set of criteria, including having a physical location in Maryland, a minimum of 10 employees, and demonstrate a segment of their business was adversely impacted by the pandemic. Applications for the program are now being accepted.

Maryland MEP’s Executive Director Mike Kelleher said the manufacturers “are struggling with supply chain challenges, and we are confident that this funding will help make Maryland’s supply base more resilient and stronger in the future.”

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