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Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region designated a Manufacturing Community

ROCToday, the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region of New York was designated as one of the first 12 Manufacturing Communities by The U.S. Department of Commerce as part of its Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.

“The 12 Manufacturing Communities announced today represent a diverse group of communities with the most comprehensive economic development plans to attract business investment that will increase their competitiveness,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “IMCP is a critical part of our ‘Open for Business Agenda’ to strengthen the American manufacturing sector and attract more investment to the United States. Innovative programs like IMCP encourage American communities to work together to craft  strong, clear, strategic plans to attract manufacturing investment and jobs to transform themselves into globally competitive commercial hubs.”

Selected based on the strength of its economic development plan, the New York Finger Lakes region, led by the City of Rochester was selected out of more than 70 applicants based on the strength of their economic development plan,the potential community impact, and the depth of their partnerships across the public and private sectors to carry the plan out.

As one of the 12 designated Manufacturing Communities, the area will receive coordinated support for their strategies from eleven federal agencies with $1.3 billion available in federal economic development assistance.

These communities will also receive a dedicated federal liaison at each agency that will help them navigate available federal resources. They will also be recognized on a government website, accessible to prospective private foreign and domestic investors, looking for information on communities’ competitive attributes.

In order to earn the designation, communities had to demonstrate the significance of manufacturing already present in their region and develop strategies to make investments in six areas: 1) workforce and training, 2) advanced research, 3) infrastructure and site development, 4) supply chain support, 5) trade and international investment, 6) operational improvement and capital access.

In September 2013, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and other agencies awarded $7 million in IMCP grants to 44 communities to support the development of long-term economic development strategies to help them attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. The Obama Administration officially launched the national IMCP competition in December 2013. Later this year, the Administration plans to launch a second IMCP competition to designate additional communities, as well as convene the 70 communities that applied for designation to share best practices in economic development planning.

Future of manufacturing depends on advanced technology

Deborah Wince-Smith, president of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness hosted a group of New York manufacturers and educators at the General Electric Company’s Global R&D Center in Schenectady. The meeting was of several she is hosting around the nation to explore ways for the United States to retain its global advantage in advanced technology.

“Manufacturing’s not dirty, dumb, dangerous and disappearing,” Wince-Smith said. “It’s smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”

The Business Review: As Remington Arms goes, so goes this upstate New York community

The following Business Review report tells the story of the upstate town of Ilion and its largest employer, Remington Arms.

Business Review reporter, Adam Sichko, lead designer Melissa Mangini and photographer Donna Abbbot Vlahos made numerous visits to the Herkimer County community to bring you Ilion’s story. It’s a story that takes on a new urgency as the nation deals with the highly emotional gun debate. Great videos and great writing.

Behind the scenes: Reporting on the Remington Arms economy upstate

Why should you care about Ilion? Print edition, May 10, 2013

Why the dry cleaner cares about Remington Arms (Video)

In upstate, Remington Arms serves a slice of survival (Video)

Last stand for a factory town Print edition, May 10, 2013

Running out of options on the factory floor Print edition, May 10, 2013

Creating jobs from the pieces left behind Print edition, May 10, 2013

School’s out, forever Print edition, May 10, 2013

A family forged by Remington Arms Print edition, May 10, 2013

This winter, the gun violence came to Ilion Print edition, May 10, 2013

Ban backfires on Cuomo’s sky-high approval ratings, Print edition, May 10, 2013

Obama, Cuomo: Gun makers’ best friends, Print edition, May 10, 2013


ADP: Lower than expected jobs added in April

Payroll processing firm ADP announced that private firms added 119,000 jobs in April. According to Bloomberg News, consensus estimates had been that 155,000 jobs would be filled. Of the sectors listed in the following report, manufacturing lost an estimated 10,000 jobs.

Experts believe job numbers being released today by The Labor Department will be equally discouraging.

Click here to read more.

The Buffalo News: Training workers to meet the future of manufacturing

The Buffalo News LogoThe Business Council has long been focused on workforce development in New York State. Many of our manufacturing members have told us they have difficulty finding high-skilled workers. David Robinson of The Buffalo News wrote that “nearly one of every three [Western New York] factory jobs [are] expected to come open within the next seven years.” With that in mind, writes Robinson, the Western New York Economic Development Council has “endorsed a plan to create a workforce training center that will help teach local workers the skills needed in today’s more advanced factory work.”

Click here to read about the center which is expected to open next year.

U.S. manufacturing resurgent, advocate says

Matt Glynn of The Buffalo News had an interesting interview with Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Paul said the small companies face many of the same issues as large companies, including one The Business Council has been addressing, the difficulty in finding skilled labor.

Click here to read Glynn’s Q & A with Paul.

The Business Council created the Made in New York website to increase awareness of the many products and services that are made in New York. Click here to learn more about Made in New York.

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Manufacturers cut 3,000 jobs in March

USA Today (4/5, Davidson) reported, “Employers added a disappointing 88,000 jobs in March, confirming fears of a slowdown in payroll growth that economists say could persist for several months. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6% from 7.7%,” according to the Labor Department. “A consensus forecast of economists had estimated that the economy added 190,000 jobs last month.” 

Trade deficit narrows in February

Bloomberg News (4/5, Chandra, Kowalski) reported, “The trade deficit in the US unexpectedly shrank in February as stabilizing overseas markets boosted exports and Americans imported less oil. The gap narrowed by 3.4 percent to $43 billion from a revised $44.5 billion in January,” according to the Commerce Department.

High demand for H1-B visas triggers lottery

U-T San Diego (4/5, Aguilera) reported, “Five days into the application filing period for H-1B visas it was closed by federal authorities because the number of submissions for fiscal year 2014 greatly exceeded the cap.” On Friday, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services ended the application period. “Now, a lottery will be conducted by the agency for the visas from the applications that were submitted.”

Undersecretary of Commerce Patrick Gallagher and President/CEO of ESD Kenneth Adams to headline inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference

This press release just in from the Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems and the Center for Economic Growth:

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Patrick D. Gallagher will kick-off the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference: Think Smart, Make Value with the event’s keynote address on the evening of April 16, followed by Kenneth Adams, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development and President/CEO of Empire State Development, providing the mid-day address on April 17.

The two-day conference, presented by a partnership between the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) will be held April 16-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

The first annual Advanced Manufacturing Conference, themed “Think Smart, Make Value,” will bring together leaders from industry, government, and academia to address challenges facing regional manufacturers. It will provide small, medium, and large manufacturers a strategic look at emerging ways to leverage the power of automation technologies, business best practices, and take advantage of available state and regional resources to better compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

The CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference builds upon the past success of the CATS annual showcases. The new conference will feature workshops and discussions on leading-edge and emerging manufacturing topics including: Smart Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Energy Systems, Sustainable Composites, Biomimicry, and others. The conference will also feature business-focused sessions and training on key manufacturing business topics including: Lean / Six Sigma Overview, Supply Chain Development, Funding Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Research, and Innovation and Growth.

In addition to the technical and business-oriented sessions, the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference will feature a New York State Solutions Fair, a half-day forum designed for NY manufacturers to meet directly with business and technology experts in one-on-one consultations to help solve problems and take advantage of opportunities for growth.

“The core expertise of the CATS is in innovative automation systems. A key part of our mission is to leverage this expertise to boost the regional and national economy by reinvigorating manufacturing across New York and the United States,” said CATS Director John Wen, also a faculty member in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer. “Our new Advanced Manufacturing Conference, in partnership with CEG, will showcase successful collaborative projects, discuss current trends and opportunities, and present ways that CATS, CEG, and New York State can help manufacturers elevate their business to the next level.”

“As Tech Valley’s New York State Regional Technology Development Center (RTDC) and NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) center, the Center for Economic Growth is pleased to continue to leverage our very strong relationship with the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems at Rensselaer through co-sponsorship of our “Think Smart, Make Value” Advanced Manufacturing Conference in April,” said Jeffrey Lawrence, Executive Vice President of Technology at CEG. “Advanced manufacturing that leverages the superb workforce, leading-edge research and innovative programs available across the region is essential to high-quality job creation, investment and sustainable growth in Tech Valley for future generations.”

Also planned for the conference are a CEO Roundtable, numerous networking opportunities, a panel discussion titled “Securing the Talent Pipeline for Advanced Manufacturing,” guided tours of RPI laboratories and facilities, and a Poster Session featuring a broad array of projects and areas of research and offering an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with student and faculty researchers.

Full Showcase agenda and event registration details are available at: http://www.regonline.com/2013_AMC or http://www.cats.rpi.edu.