President Making Third Trip to RegionStaff Reports
07:53PM / Friday, May 04, 2012
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — President Barack Obama will be back in the New York Capital District on Tuesday, this time to visit a technology campus with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
This is the third trip in as many years for the president to the region, each time highlighting on jobs and economics.
In 2009, he was at Hudson Community College with Dr. Jill Biden to exhort education and innovation to solve the nation's economic woes. He was last in the region in January 2011, when he appeared in Schenectady next to GE's Jeffrey Immelt, whom he tapped to head an advisory council charged with creating jobs.
His relationship with jobs czar Immelt seems to have cooled over the past year (we think Pittsfielders might have some sharp comments about GE's jobs-creating abilities) but the president will once again tap the Capital District to talk about economic opportunities.
The president will travel to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Albany NanoTech Complex at the State University of New York. The complex is a research, development, prototyping, and educational facility that provides strategic support through outreach, technology acceleration, business incubation, pilot prototyping, and test-based integration support for onsite corporate partners, including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, Applied Materials, as well as other next generation nanotechnology research activities.
The White House had planned on the president visiting the massive GlobalFoundries, a $4 billion semiconductor manufacturer north of the capital in Malta, N.Y. The tour was canceled for "logistical reasons" but representatives from GlobalFoundries will join the president at CNSE.