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AIM Higher Consortium plans to strengthen region's defense supply chain, economic growth


The defense industrial economy of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania is set to see some potential growth over the next few years thanks to the newly formed AIM Higher Consortium, which plans to strengthen the region’s defense supply chain. 

Funded by the United States Department of Defense, the AIM Higher Consortium spans the entire state of West Virginia and 12 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, and so far it’s brought together more than two dozen organizations and higher education institutions in an attempt to reach its goals. 

Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection in Pittsburgh, which oversees the consortium, said the main goal of the initiative is to foster improvement and growth in the region’s defense supply chain companies. 

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