Manufacturing hubs take U.S. policy to new level

By Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle

Sep 22, 2015

The photonics center that is coming to Rochester, NY, is based on a Reagan-era model for innovation that could be one of New York state's best hopes for reversing its long-term hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs.

In 1987, semiconductor manufacturers and the federal government formed a partnership to regain U.S. competitiveness with Japan. The model for that partnership is now being used in a variety of industries — from 3-D printing to lightweight metals manufacturing and wide bandwidth semiconductors — in hopes of recovering manufacturing jobs that once sustained cities in upstate New York and Rust Belt states.

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