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Gillabrand introduces bill to encourage high-tech manufacturing in NY

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- High-tech manufacturing jobs have become a selling point for the capital Region, now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is hoping to spread that success throughout the state.

The Democrat is making her way across upstate New York to promote legislation she says will boost high-tech manufacturing.

To bolster more growth in New York manufacturing, Gillibrand's bill, called the 'Made in America Manufacturing Act,' would create a competitive 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 innovative small suppliers with larger companies. Funding would also go towards 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," said Senator Gillibrand. "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."

She stopped in the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas to talk about a bill that would create a federal funding competition to encourage public-private partnerships aimed at spurring growth in local manufacturing.


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