Can your town become an official "manufacturing community?"
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has gotten a bill through the Senate that will allow New York villages, towns or counties to apply for that status and, if approved, that area would be eligible for federal funding to be used to strengthen the current manufacturing base in an area and recruit new companies.
"These funds would be used to invest in workers, grow local economies across the state, and create new manufacturing jobs so that New York can stay competitive with the rest of the world," said Gillibrand (D. - NY) "It makes our manufacturing sectors eligible for up to $1.3 billion in federal economic development funding."
The bill needs to pass the House of Representatives and then be signed by the president before it becomes a reality.