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Obama Calls for Manufacturing Innovation Network

Last week, the Obama administration continued its push to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs when it proposed a $1 billion National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The proposal would create as many as 15 state-of-the-art institutes nationwide devoted to research and worker training to make U.S. manufacturers more competitive.

Speaking at the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe jet engine disc manufacturing plant near Richmond, Va., President Obama said:

So think of this as a place where companies can share access to cutting-edge capabilities. At the same time, students and workers are picking up new skills, they're training on state-of-the-art equipment and they're solving some of the most important challenges facing our manufacturers.

The administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget includes the $1 billion for the 15 manufacturing institutes. But in the meantime, a pilot institute will be launched with $45 million of existing resources from the departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce and the National Science Foundation.

At the Virginia plant, Obama said, “We can’t go back to an economy that was weakened by outsourcing and bad debts and phony financial profits.”

We’ve got to have an economy that’s built to last, and that begins with manufacturing.

Click here for a fact sheet on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Last month, the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) was awarded a three-year, $3.4 million grant from the Department of Labor to develop apprenticeship programs in five communities to train people for skilled manufacturing jobs and careers.

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