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Reed Secures Half Million in Funding for Ceramics Corridor; to bring high-tech jobs to Southern Tier

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Washington, DC, March 30, 2015 | comments

Today Congressman Reed announced he has secured $500,000 in federal funding to support the regional ceramics manufacturing industry. The funding, through the Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge, will help boost innovation in the ceramics industry as part of the Ceramics Corridor and further the commercial applications of developed products.

“This funding award recognizes the role that manufacturing is playing in our district and across New York State. Having just recently toured a facility affiliated with the Ceramics Corridor I have seen firsthand the potential for innovation of new manufacturing technology and creating good paying jobs right here in our backyard. I sincerely care about fostering an economic environment here that creates these jobs and will continue to push for worthy projects like this. ”

The funding secured by Reed will create a Southern Tier Innovation Hotspot which will bring Cornell University, Corning Incorporated, Binghamton University together with the Ceramics Corridor to encourage the development of start-ups to grow the regional industry. This funding continues Reed’s work on support for manufacturing, in addition to passage of his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act last year.

“We have a real opportunity here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region to be a leader in manufacturing. It is only fair that we receive funding that furthers that goal. The Ceramics Corridor is a perfect example of our area’s leadership in the manufacturing renaissance we are seeing across America.”

Alan Rae: Executive Director, IncubatorWorks Ceramic Corridor Innovation Center

“I am really delighted to hear that the Southern Tier Startup Alliance (formerly known as the Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot) will be a recipient of the EDA i6 award. This builds on the really strong foundation we have built over the past year between Corning, Binghamton and Cornell and will greatly increase the resources available to startups and small hardware manufacturing businesses in the region.

“With the terrific universities and community colleges in the Southern tier and a network of incubators ranging from early startups in Cornell, Binghamton and Corning to the growth stage IncubatorWorks manufacturing incubator at the Elmira Airport Business park, we will now be able to offer a full range of services to support manufacturing business creation, incubation, acceleration  and eventual graduation. Our goal is to significantly increase economic activity and employment in the Southern Tier. This is a terrific shot in the arm for the region.”

Tom Tranter, President, Corning Enterprises.  

“We applaud the Southern Tier Startup team for being a recipient of the EDA i6 award. Southern Tier Startup is an initiative to inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the Southern Tier, New York State and globally.  This coordinated public/private effort brings together an alliance of the region’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations and universities working in concert to dramatically increase the success of regional entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is a core component of the national innovation strategy for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs.  Not only do startups bring a wealth of transformative innovations to market, they also play a critical role in job creation which the Southern Tier communities need. “



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