The Western Reserve Port Authority recently approved spending up to $10,000 to prepare an application to be one of 12 "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership" designations made by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), The Business Journal reports. If approved, the designation would provide the seven-county region encompassing Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio, as well as Beaver, Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania, with "preferential treatment for funding from 13 federal agencies" to promote an advanced manufacturing sector in the region. The application is due March 14th, and a decision is expected mid-May or later. For more, read the full story.