Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Assisting U.S. manufacturers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
A tool for change in today’s expanding world of global business, the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program equips U.S. manufacturers to proactively respond to import competition. For some businesses, imports represent a minor challenge — for others they pose a serious threat.
How the program works
TAAF partners with manufacturers by offering cost share grant funding of up to $150,000 (50 percent company match) or $30,000 (25 percent company match) to implement strategic projects that are focused on improving a firm’s internal operations and competitive abilities.
Eligible firms are assisted in two ways:
- Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) personnel conduct a comprehensive company assessment to identify and prioritize improvement opportunities for increased profits, job creation and long-term financial stability.
- Eligible manufacturing firms then have five years to apply their cost share grant funds toward the cost of consultants, engineers or other outside professional service providers engaged on behalf of the firm. These personnel implement improvement projects in areas such as manufacturing, engineering and production; marketing and sales; financial and general management; and information technology support systems. This assistance enables a firm to make improvements to its competitive situation, faster and more aggressively than it could on its own.