U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Plattsburgh on Friday where she spoke about a plan to boost manufacturing in the state and the country.
Gillibrand has introduced a bill called the “Made In America Manufacturing Communities Act.” It would extend a national program that lets regions compete for a “manufacturing community” title. The winners get federal economic development grants to help build factories and attract new employers.
“What this program does is if you are designated to be one of these regional manufacturing hubs, you get priority for federal money,” Gillibrand said at the Demers ambulance factory in the city. “Right now, it’s just temporary. It’s in place ‘til the end of the Obama administration. But what we want to do is make sure the bill is codified into law so it becomes a permanent program that will be here for the North Country to continue to compete for.”
Photo:U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Demers ambulance factory in Plattsburgh on Friday, May 27, 2016. Photo: Zach Hirsch