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Gillibrand pushes "Make it in America" grants

June 22, 2011

• Computer and electronic manufacturing industries increased employment by 9 percent from 2004 to 2008.
• Of the 250,000 computer and electronic manufacturing jobs in upstate New York, 44 percent are in the most advanced technology areas.
• Jobs in information and communications technology are also on the rise – with 6,000 new jobs in this field created from 2004 to 2008, and another 1,800 new jobs in life science technologies. Both of these industries have average salaries of $70,000 and higher.

To harness the full potential of these emerging fields in manufacturing, Senator Gillibrand announced her advanced manufacturing agenda.

Senator Gillibrand’s Advanced Manufacturing Agenda

1. “Make It In America” Grants
Senator Gillibrand is announcing the Make It In America Block Grant Program Act, legislation that would establish a competitive grant program to provide small- to medium-sized manufacturers in communities with high unemployment with new resources and strategies to retool their operations, and retrain their workforce for advanced manufacturing, such as clean energy, computer technology, aerospace and biotechnology.

States and local governments that have experienced a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of at least 10 percent for any six consecutive months from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2010, or have experienced a cumulative decline in employment in manufacturing of 15 percent or more during that time period would be eligible.

Make It In America grants could be used for the following purposes:
• Retooling or retrofitting plants, including equipment, facilities or infrastructure
• Diversifying business plans to advance the production of clean energy, energy efficiency, high technology, or other advanced products or components
• Improving the energy efficiency of a manufacturing facility
• Retraining employees with new skills necessary to operate new or advanced manufacturing equipment or sustain or improve the processes of a manufacturer
• On-the-job training for new employees
• Providing capital and technical expertise to expand export opportunities

2. Expand Manufacturing Tax Credit
Senator Gillibrand is working to pass the Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act, legislation that would help cut costs on domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology by providing companies a tax credit and grants in lieu of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit.