The Obama administration has named the first communities that will receive special attention to help them attract global manufacturers.
The initiative was started last September and is meant to encourage communities to develop long-term strategies to compete for these manufacturers.
It uses the resources of federal departments and agencies to support local economic development plans.
The partnership is another attempt by the administration to boost U.S. manufacturing. The White House says nearly 650,000 manufacturing jobs were created in the past five years.
The 12 communities announced Wednesday are: southwest Alabama, Southern California, northwest Georgia, the Chicago metro area, south Kansas, greater Portland, Maine, southeastern Michigan, the New York Finger Lakes region, southwestern Ohio aerospace region, the Tennessee Valley, the Washington Puget Sound region and the Milwaukee area.