In an article on the smart manufacturing blog, entitled “Cities to compete over hosting manufacturing innovation”,http://smartmanufacturing.com/2013/05/30/cities-to-compete-over-hosting-manufacturing-innovation/ the announcement by President Obama of a competition to create new manufacturing innovation institutes has cities all over the US buzzing. Already with a federal commitment of $200 million, president Obama is asking for $1 billion more to create up to 15 more of these innovation institutes. This new initiative is intended to create jobs and grow new technology, especially for manufacturing processes. What cities would be front runners for this initiative? What impact would this have on existing manufacturing processes? How much money will eventually be set aside for this program?