ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany and the Capital Region will be in the national spotlight Tuesday when President Obama visits UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to speak on the economy.
CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is a fully-integrated research, development, prototyping, and educational facility that provides strategic support through outreach, technology acceleration, business incubation, pilot prototyping, and test-based integration support for onsite corporate partners such as IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, and Applied Materials.
Due to logistical reasons that were unclear, the President's event will no longer be held at GlobalFoundries in Malta, as originally planned. But, representatives from GlobalFoundries will join the President at CNSE. Governor Cuomo will also join the President on Tuesday.
While there is a lot of excitement surrounding his visit, there are also some challenges.
Authorities say the Secret Service is already in the area, as well. "It's the Secret Service show and we are simply there to assist [them]," says Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
But, Apple explains those extra forces come at a price and whether it is state police, the county, or local departments providing the back up, it's a bill they have to foot themselves.
"It's a big dollar," Apple says, "We are not reimbursed for it but how many chances, how many times can you say the president came in and you were involved."
In addition to the exp in Albany is already closed for construction and a larger portion of it, along with several other local roads, will likely be shutdown during the three hours President Obama will be in town.
Local authorities say they will not know which route the President is taking until moments before his arrival so they're advising people not to line the roads with the hopes of getting a glimpse of Obama's motorcade.
This is President Obama's third visit to the Capital Region since taking office. In 2009, he toured and spoke at Hudson Valley Community College. Then in 2011, he made a stop at General Electric to tour the turbine factory.
Air Force One is expected to arrive in Albany at 11:45 a.m. The event at CNSE is scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m.
Watch full coverage of Obama's visit on NEWS10 ABC starting at 11:30 a.m.
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