To ensure the critical needs of manufacturers are met, IMEC draws on the resources and capabilities of a network of industrial service providers, including state and national economic development programs, higher education institutions, specialty service providers, and private sector consultants. And, as part of NIST-MEP, IMEC is able to leverage the expertise of a field network of 1,300 expert advisors from over 51 centers throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.