Hanna, Gillibrand Sponsor Manufacturing Bill

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A temporary program to help small communities may disappear when a new president takes office. However federal representatives are seeking to make it permanent, in order to keep businesses alive in Upstate New York.

The “Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act”, is a bi-partisan bill created by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and US Congressman Richard Hanna would give local regions like the Mohawk Valley a special designation as a Manfacturing Hub, and create an easy access way for the current $1.3 billion in federal funding towards manufacturing grants.

And for Candella’s Farm and Greenhouses in Marcy, the bill would help extend their business to more consumers across the state.

Shawna Candella Papale, adds, “As a region that is looking to expand and grow, from agri-business, but also to nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and IT, We need to be able to be sure that this community is ready for growth and opportunity, this legislation allows us to have that.”

In order to be eligible, the Mohawk Valley would need support from key stakeholders, local government and institutes for higher education. Candellas currently does this by sending their tomatoes to Cornell Cooperative Extension for testing. The Advanced Institute for Manufacturing at Mohawk Valley Community College says partnerships like these can help employ many of their graduates, and in turn help the next generation of Candellas succeed.

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