U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is looking to revitalize American manufacturing.
Reed, along with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-MA, recently introduced to Congress the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013. The legislation aims to create a network of regional institutes across the country, each focused on a unique technology, material or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. It would include local industry, academia and other stakeholders. The institutes would work to expand research and development, close the gap between R&D and commercialization of products, support small and mid-sized manufacturers and train a top-tier advanced manufacturing workforce.
"This bill is about revitalizing our American manufacturing, a major key to revitalizing our country's economy," Reed said. "As co-chair of the House Manufacturing Committee we hear from manufacturers of all sizes about the need to coordinate education and training efforts. Creating a network of regional institutions across the country will support the kind of education needed to fill in-demand positions. With this infrastructure in place, we can grow domestic manufacturing and put Americans back to work."
The network would be funded by a one-time, $600 million investment in the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It would require support from nongovernment resources and would prohibit federal financial assistance for any institute beyond a seven-year period. Institutes would be selected for participation and funding through a competitive, merit review process run by the secretary and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
"I care about building things here in America and selling it abroad," Reed said. "That will create long-term, good-quality, high-paying jobs. This act is right up the alley of accomplishing that goal. The purpose of the act is to create centers and institutes focused on bringing public-private partnership together, so that we are taking the innovation that is in our educational as well as private sector and working with our community colleges and higher educational institutions to be a place where that innovation can be commercialized."