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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Louise Line: Rochester’s Pioneering Role

November 14, 2017
Louise Line
September 15, 2017
Last week, I hosted a meeting at Google’s Washington, D.C. headquarters featuring Rochester’s two federally-sponsored manufacturing institutes—AIM Photonics and the REMADE Institute—and dozens of executives and industry leaders from companies like Amazon, General Electric, Microsoft, and others to talk about our community’s growing global role in advanced manufacturing.

Some of the companies that attended are already members, and I hope they will expand our partnership. Some of them are considering joining these institutes. Others were learning about Manufacturing USA for the first time. I was very encouraged by the meeting and it is a good sign for the future of these institutes.

Rochester is helping pioneer our manufacturing world. We’re utilizing photonics - the science and application of light - to revolutionize nearly every aspect of our lives on everything from smartphones and laptops to needleless medical technologies that can monitor blood sugar levels with tiny cameras smaller than pills. If that weren’t exciting enough, the RIT-led REMADE Institute is tackling our nation’s most important opportunities to dramatically reduce materials and emissions associated with manufacturing. Together, these institutes are leveraging $750 million worth of investments and partnerships with hundreds of universities, national laboratories, and companies.

For years, I fought to create these institutes and bring them to Rochester because I understood that Monroe County could lead the world in photonics and efficient manufacturing while building the most advanced workforce anywhere. That’s exactly what we’re doing. With our two national institutes, we are positioned to be a center of innovation long into the future. This is progress I’m proud to have helped make happen.

At my meeting last week, I made it clear to the executives that Rochester is not just a good place to do business, it is the place to do business.