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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Congresswoman Slaughter: Working to bring the National Photonics Manufacturing Institute to Rochester

Congresswoman Slaughter’s top economic development priority is securing a national photonics manufacturing institute for Rochester, which will be funded by a Congresswoman at OLED Works$110 million federal award and significant matching funds from industrial, academic and state partners around the country.

Photonics is the science and application of light and is used to transform and transport information. Photonics is used in the development of many communication driven technologies from smartphones and laptops, to the internet. Beyond the Internet and telecommunications, integrated photonics can revolutionize medical technology – from the development of “needleless” technologies for monitoring diabetics’ blood sugar levels to tiny cameras smaller than pills that can travel within arteries. In national defense, the potential applications of integrated photonics range from improving battlefield imaging to dramatic advances in radar technologies. Just as electronics dominated our past, photonics will dominate our future.

Congresswoman Slaughter at UR Laser LabRochester has the largest photonics cluster in the world. Since 2012, Congresswoman Slaughter has been leading a special campaign to bring more federal investments to support local industry and create jobs in Monroe County. The effort has already delivered more than $3 million in federal investments to Rochester to support small photonics businesses and identify key technical hurdles that will allow for industry to grow.

Please view the videos and timeline below for more information about Congresswoman Slaughter’s effort to bring a federal photonics manufacturing institute to Rochester.

 D&C Photonics Video

Video Credit: Democrat and Chronicle, by: Dave Riley

News clip of the Congresswoman

Video Credit: WROC News 8

What is photonics video

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To view high quality photos of our journey click here.

Here is an extensive timeline of Congresswoman’s Slaughter’s work to bring the photonics institute and related investments to Rochester:

June, 2012

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

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

Slaughter reconvenes industry and academic leaders to continue collaborative approach on advanced manufacturing grant.

June, 2013

Slaughter secures increase in funding for U of R Laser Lab.

September, 2013

Slaughter addresses Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster annual meeting, receives award for supporting industry.

October, 2013

Slaughter returns to Exelis to celebrate UR Laser Lab, QED and Exelis collaboration on locally made advanced polishing machine.

October, 2013

Slaughter’s Op-Ed in support of local optics industry appears in The Hill.

February, 2014

Slaughter delivers keynote address to Optical Society of America.

March, 2014

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

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

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 to begin 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, 2015

Slaughter announces Rochester named one of three finalists to compete for the institute.

April, 2015

Slaughter secures $250 million in state funding commitment for Rochester-based manufacturing institute

April, 2015

Slaughter leads a bipartisan group of lawmakers in writing to the Secretary of Defense in support of the Rochester-led application for the photonics institute