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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Louise Line: Supporting High-Tech Growth in Rochester

April 27, 2017
Louise Line
April 27, 2017

Throughout my time in Congress, creating better paying jobs and strengthening American manufacturing has been one of my top priorities. I have long touted Rochester as a leader in global innovation and scientific advancement, which is why I was pleased to announce that Precision Optical Transceivers will open their headquarters at the Eastman Business Park in June 2017.

After more than three years of advocacy, I was proud to have brought AIM Photonics – a federal manufacturing institute focused on next generation technology – to Rochester and I am encouraged that more companies are investing in Monroe County. Earlier this year, I was also proud to announce that an RIT-led consortium won a competition by the U.S. Department of Energy to headquarter a new $140 million public-private clean energy manufacturing institute in Rochester. This institute will help further technologies designed to conserve energy and reduce emissions. With these two designations, our area is now home to two of the 13 federal manufacturing institutes in the country— the only region in the nation to hold that honor.

But that’s not all. I recently stood with Monroe Community College president Anne Kress to secure a National Science Foundation (NSF) award that will strengthen Rochester’s optics and photonics workforce and provide our students with employment opportunities in these groundbreaking fields. It’s in large part because of these federal awards and manufacturing institutes that our region is helping lead the way in scientific advancement and increased job growth in high-demand, high-tech fields.

I’ve said it before: our region really is home to some of the brightest minds in the country and that’s why I will continue to be relentless in my efforts to secure support for high-tech growth in Rochester. I look forward to attracting more companies like Precision Optical Transceivers to our community.