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Sen. Gillibrand promotes high-tech bill

Kirsten-GillibrandYesterday, Senator Kristen Gillibrand toured an optics manufacturing facility in Rochester to highlight the need for more aid for high-tech manufacturing in New York. Sen. Gillibrand is seeking support for a bill she recently introduced – the Made in America Manufacturing Act – through which states and regional public-private partnerships could compete for funding to aid high-tech manufacturing.

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Sen. Gillibrand touting high-tech manufacturing in WNY

Craig Turner, vice president of Buffalo Niagara Partnership, a member of The Business Council, is one of several Western New York officials meeting with Senator Kristen Gillibrand in Lancaster today. They’ll be discussing public-private partnerships as a necessary tool for growth in the high-tech manufacturing sector. Stephen Watson of The Buffalo News has the story:

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is introducing legislation intended to boost advanced manufacturing in the state and plans to discuss her “Made in America Manufacturing Act” with elected and business officials this morning at a Village of Lancaster industrial firm.

The New York Democrat will meet with Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Buffalo Niagara Partnership Vice President Craig W. Turner and other officials at Harper International, a maker of industrial furnaces.

“She is promoting legislation that will help keep jobs here, and help American families, and [Poloncarz] supports that legislation,” Peter Anderson, a spokesman for the county executive, said Sunday night.

A highlight of Gillibrand’s proposal is the creation of a federal funding competition meant to encourage regional public-private partnerships to come up with growth strategies for high-tech and clean-tech manufacturing, as well as other industries, according to the senator’s office.

The legislation also would aid workforce-development efforts and provide improved market intelligence for companies. “The workforce training is key to everything,” said Turner, who said the federal government must take the lead role.

Gillibrand’s office touted the potential value of the high-tech industry. Local employment in this sector has grown by 3,400 jobs – or 7 percent – since 2004, at a time when thousands of manufacturing jobs were lost in this area.

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