The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) assists small distressed manufacturers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana via the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program (TAAF). GLTAAC has been part of the institute (or its predecessors) since the Center’s founding in 1983.
TAAF is a national program funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It provides cost-shared management and technical assistance to firms that have been directly hurt by imports in order to improve their global competitiveness and long term viability.
Through the program, GLTAAC helps trade-injured firms assess and analyze their current business situation; it works with them to develop a realistic strategy and actionable plan for recovery; and then GLTAAC facilitates implementation of the plan by paying for part of the cost (typically 50%) of hiring outside expertise (e.g. consultants, engineers, trainers) to complete the specific projects identified in it. Client engagements are long and deep. GLTAAC works with most firms for 4-6 years; and most clients companies complete 3-6 major business improvement projects during their time in the program.