US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to make a federal program that supports manufacturing permanent.
The Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act expires at the end of President Barack Obama’s term. In order to continue to the program, legislative action is needed.
Gillibrand is the sponsor of the bill she says it would establish a permanent program to support manufacturing communities like those here in Central New York.
To receive the classification, regions would need to emphasize six areas, including advanced research, infrastructure, site development, and workforce training and retraining.
Republican Congressman Richard Hanna, John Katko, and Tom Reed have all endorsed the bi-partisan bill.