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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Rep. Slaughter Welcomes Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Richard Kidd to Rochester to Meet with Local Tech Businesses, Research Institutions

October 30, 2014
Press Release

ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) welcomed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability Richard Kidd to Rochester to meet with OLEDWorks and clean energy companies at Eastman Business Park, and with officials from the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Department of Defense, the single largest energy consumer in the U.S., is increasingly focused on energy use, including “operational energy,” the energy required to train, move, and sustain forces. Mr. Kidd is the senior official responsible for leading policy and programmatic implementation of all energy and sustainability efforts for the U.S. Army and has many initiatives including the Army’s “Net Zero” effort to make Army communities models of sustainable design.

During the visit, Rep. Slaughter highlighted how the deployment of clean energy technologies and products developed in Rochester can improve the Army’s operational effectiveness in the field and energy efficiency here at home.

“As the optics and photonics capital of the world, Rochester has a lot to offer Mr. Kidd and the Army’s efforts to use energy more efficiently,” Rep. Slaughter said. “Companies like OLEDWorks are leading the way in advanced manufacturing, and they are ready to contribute not only to the sustainability of our communities, but to our Armed Forces, who are always looking for innovative ways to maintain our competitive advantage in the world.”

“OLEDWorks, the only U.S. OLED light panel manufacturer, is privileged to host Mr. Kidd as we jointly explore the advantages OLED lighting can offer the Army”, said David DeJoy, OLEDWorks Chairman. “These benefits include high energy efficiency, thin designs that consume very little space, and healthy full spectrum light output.”

The Deputy Assistant Secretary’s visit is a key part of Rep. Slaughter’s ongoing effort to promote Rochester’s ability in high-tech fields – especially the region’s signature optics and photonics industries – to key Obama Administration officials.

In May, Rep. Slaughter brought U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s New York Representative Andrew Reid to Rochester to tour Eastman Business Park and the future site of the $25 million Bioscience Advanced Manufacturing Center, a 60,000 square foot facility set to open in 2016.

Later that month, Rep. Slaughter brought Elana Broitman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy, and Adele Ratcliff, Director of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program, to Rochester to tour Eastman Business Park, Exelis, and Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Center for Integrated Manufacturing and Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Ms. Broitman and Ms. Ratcliff work to ensure the nation’s industrial and manufacturing capabilities meet national security requirements at home and abroad.  

In early October, Slaughter announced that after two years of local organization, advocacy, and pressure, the Obama Administration announced that they would invest over $200 million in an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation dedicated to photonics. Because of Rep. Slaughter’s leadership, Rochester is in a strong position to secure federal funding for the local photonics industry.