Slaughter Secures $250 Million in State Funding Commitment for Rochester-Based Manufacturing Institute
ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) announced that New York State has committed $250 million toward a Rochester-based and New York-led application to secure a federal manufacturing institute. Slaughter requested the funding commitment for the manufacturing initiative in a letter to Governor Cuomo last December.
“The greater Rochester region has long been a leader in photonics, and I thank Governor Cuomo for agreeing to commit $250 million to help create a New York-led photonics manufacturing initiative based here in Rochester,” said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. “The strong industry and state support we’ve built for our bid to secure the federal Institute for Manufacturing Innovation gives our application the competitive advantage needed to compete and win. More than 17,000 jobs in the photonics and optics industry are based in our region and this state financial commitment represents a key step in ensuring Rochester remains a world class innovator for years to come."
Last October, after years of advocacy by Congresswoman Slaughter, President Obama announced that the Department of Defense would take the lead in the creation of an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, committing $110 million to the project. In November of last year, just weeks after the president’s announcement, Congresswoman Slaughter convened a meeting with stakeholders to begin assembling a statewide application to bring the institute to Rochester.
The Rochester-based and New York-led proposal represents a partnership between SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and industry and academic leaders throughout the country. The proposal is a finalist in the federal competition for the institute. Click here to read the full endorsement letter from the New York State Department of Economic Development. Click here to read a bipartisan letter of support for the application written by Congresswoman Slaughter and signed by more than 30 of her colleagues.
Congresswoman Slaughter’s advocacy for the federal photonics institute has already yielded a series of local victories, including a $2.6 million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator federal grant to assist the growth of the regional optics and photonics industry, a $500,000 federal grant to fund the development of the New York Photonics Manufacturing Initiative, and an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership designation to gain priority access to more than a billion dollars in grants.
Here is an extensive timeline of Congresswoman’s Slaughter’s work to bring an optics and photonics institute to Rochester:
· June, 2012- Rep. Slaughter convenes industry and academic leaders to establish Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics and Imaging Accelerator, Advocate for Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (AMJIAC).
· October, 2012- Rep. Slaughter announces a $2.6 million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator (AMJIA) federal grant to assist the growth of the regional optics industry.
· February, 2013- Rep. Slaughter reconvenes industry and academic leaders to continue collaborative approach on advanced manufacturing grant.
· June, 2013- Rep. Slaughter secures increase in funding for U of R Laser Lab.
· September, 2013- Rep. Slaughter addresses Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster annual meeting, receives award for supporting industry.
· October, 2013- Rep. Slaughter returns to ITT Exelis to celebrate UR Laser Lab, QED and ITT Exelis collaboration on locally made advanced polishing machine.
· October, 2013- Rep. Slaughter’s Op-Ed in support of local optics industry appears in The Hill.
· February, 2014- Rep. Slaughter delivers keynote address to Optical Society of America.
· March, 2014- Rep. Slaughter sends letter to President Obama advocating for a manufacturing institute for optics and photonics in Rochester.
· May, 2014- Slaughter secures AmTech grant to fund development of New York Photonics Manufacturing Initiative.
· May, 2014- Slaughter leads second letter to President Obama advocating for a manufacturing institute for optics and photonics in Rochester.
· May, 2014- Rep. Slaughter Brings Senior Defense Department Leaders to Rochester to Showcase Local Optics and Photonics Capabilities.
· May, 2014- Slaughter helps secure Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership for Rochester, giving region access to $1.3 billion in federal funds to develop OPID industry and create jobs.
· June, 2014- Department of Defense (DoD) releases a Request For Information (RFI), giving local and national stakeholders the opportunity to formally make the case for a federal investment in an optics and photonics manufacturing institute.
· July, 2014- Slaughter Announces $2 Million Award for OLEDWorks for Development of High Quality Organic Light Emitting Diode Products.
· September, 2014- Slaughter delivers keynote address to Rochester Regional Photonics Institute, focuses on securing National Manufacturing Institute.
· September, 2014- Rep. Slaughter sends a letter to Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense to make the case for Rochester as a location for a Manufacturing Institute in Optics, Photonics and Imaging.
· October, 2014- Obama Administration commits to creating an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation dedicated to photonics; Rep. Slaughter begins organizing Rochester’s application.
· October, 2014- Slaughter brings U.S. Army Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Kidd to Rochester to tour local optics and photonics manufacturers.
· November, 2014- Slaughter convenes high-level meeting with industry, academic, and political stakeholders and begins writing application for the institute.
· December, 2014- Slaughter writes letter to Governor Cuomo asking for a $250 million investment in the local photonics industry to create jobs and leverage a federal investment.
· January, 2014- Rep. Slaughter announces Rochester named one of three finalists to compete for the institute.
. April, 2015- Rep. Slaughter Secures $250 Million in State Funding Commitment for Rochester-Based Manufacturing Institute