About the Partnership

About Making Your Future

Making Your Future is a new initiative, led by Catalyst Connection, to help thousands of people find a career in manufacturing with a desired outcome of connecting qualified employees to 30,000-plus job vacancies over the next 10 years.

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that provides consulting and training services to small manufacturers in the region thereby improving productivity and accelerating revenue growth. Through active collaboration with clients and the manufacturing community at large, Catalyst Connection contributes to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in the region.

Making Your Future is enabled by the US Economic Development Agency’s (EDA) Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program, a national initiative designed 
to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds. It encourages communities to develop comprehensive economic development strategies to strengthen their competitive edge for attracting global manufacturing and supply chain investments.

The Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing Community (GPMMC) is one of twenty-four designated IMCP communities in the country.  It is a partnership of regional government, higher education, industry, workforce, and economic development organizations and is led by Catalyst Connection. The GPMMC is seeking to leverage our region’s energy and technology assets, while also supporting struggling companies and dislocated workers in the declining coal and related sectors. It seeks to boost metals manufacturing businesses and jobs in a way that will strengthens the local economy and establish the region as a manufacturing center for products used all across the globe.

Economic Development Organizations

Allegheny Conference on Community Development

The Allegheny Conference and its affiliates – Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – work together to improve the economy and quality of life of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Bridgeway Capital

Bridgeway Capital is a nonprofit lender committed to effectively growing, innovating and stimulating economic development. They work to reach small businesses and organizations where they need it most — with available capital.

Catalyst Connection

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We provide consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity.

Innovation Works

Innovation Works plays a vital role in Southwestern PA’s technology economy. They invest capital, business expertise and other resources into high-potential companies with the greatest likelihood for regional economic impact.


JARI is a non-profit economic development organization that has been a devoted partner of the business community in Cambria and Somerset Counties since 1974. They can help any business establish and grow in today’s global economy.


Carnegie-Mellon University

Carnegie-Mellon University is a global research university known for its world-class, interdisciplinary programs: arts, business, computing, engineering, humanities, policy and science.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787.

West Virginia University

West Virginia University is a public, land-grant, space-grant, research-intensive university in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Government / Government Agencies

The City of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S.

Southwest Pennsylvania Commission

The SPC is the regional planning agency serving the Pittsburgh 10-county area and providing essential services to the region.

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority

The URA is the City of Pittsburgh’s economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City’s tax base and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods. The URA achieves this mission by assembling, preparing and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments; and by providing a portfolio of programs that include financing for business location, relocation and expansion, housing construction and rehabilitation, and home purchases and improvements.


DMI Companies

DMI Companies provide superior HVAC products to contractors and builders worldwide. All four divisions of DMI Companies produce Union Made products. www.dmicompanies.com

JWF Industries

JWF Industries is a process-based contract manufacturer with a wide array of capabilities and an excellent reputation in the field of metal manufacturing. https://jwfi.com


Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board

The W-F WDB is a workforce development organization that connects resources, training and opportunities for employers and job seekers in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties of Pennsylvania. www.westfaywib.org