5/14/2012 9:24:38 AM
Gannett News Service: President's visit puts focus on upstate's high-tech growth
Gannett News Service
ALBANY -- During a visit to the Capital Region on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he wanted "what's happening in Albany to happen all across the country."
The comment, on its surface, turned a few heads. In a city known foremost for its political battles, Obama touted it as a model for a nation still recovering from a recession.
He made his comments after taking a tour of the Albany NanoTech Complex at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, a state-owned facility that has fostered lucrative partnerships that have injected billions of private investment in the state.
"Right now, some of the most advanced manufacturing work in America is being done right here in upstate New York," Obama said Tuesday. "Cutting-edge businesses from all over the world are deciding to build here and hire here. And you've got schools like this one that are training workers with the exact skills that those businesses are looking for."