U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing legislation she introduced aimed at encouraging states and regional public-private partnerships to create strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries and that train workers with skills businesses need.
Gillibrand, D-NY, discussed the proposed legislation at Rochester Precision Optics LLC.
The legislation particularly focuses on fields such as clean-tech and high-tech manufacturing.
The Made in America Manufacturing Act would create a program that awards states and regions with funding to support local manufacturers through low-interest loans to build new facilities and upgrade equipment, and access to capital and technical assistance to develop exporting opportunities and to connect small suppliers with larger companies.
Funding also would go toward job training and vocational education programs that partner businesses with colleges, local workforce centers and other skill providers to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs.
“It’s time to see ‘Made In America’ again starting right here in New York,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “I believe New York’s great manufacturing communities are well-positioned to compete for funding that would help carry out their innovative ideas to spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing sectors, jumpstart new businesses and create good-paying jobs right here where we need them the most.”
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