Officials applaud RIT’s selection as leader of new Manufacturing USA Institute on clean energy

RIT-directed alliance seen as key initiative to improve competiveness of U.S. manufacturing




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Elected leaders from across the state and around the country are praising the U.S. Energy Department’s selection of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) to lead the new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute—a national coalition of leading universities and companies that will forge new clean energy initiatives.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer: “RIT has been leading the way in revolutionizing our manufacturing sector for years and there is no one better suited to host this new REMADE site. I spoke directly to Secretary Moniz a few weeks ago and urged him to select RIT. This prestigious designation will bring a critical $70 million in funding to RIT so it can get to work creating jobs and developing new and innovative manufacturing technologies. This project has the power to bring a wealth of resources to the region and help get American manufacturing moving again. It will be a win-win-win for Rochester, for New York, and for middle-class families across the country.”

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter: “I brought the same drive and determination to the campaign to secure this federal manufacturing institute that I brought to my three-year effort to create the federal photonics institute. This manufacturing institute will be a game-changer for our community, creating jobs and taking advantage of our global leadership in manufacturing innovation. It is a testament to our community that we are the only city in the country with two federal manufacturing institutes. I am so proud to call Dr. Nabil Nasr a friend and I congratulate him and the entire RIT community for this remarkable achievement.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: “This funding is outstanding news for Rochester Institute of Technology and the high-tech manufacturing sector in New York state. Rochester Institute of Technology is already at the cutting edge of our nation’s clean energy research and is also a major source of talent for jobs in our state, and these funds will help ensure that Upstate New York and our nation stay competitive in new manufacturing industries for years to come. I was proud to fight for this funding, and I will continue to push for more resources to help our clean-energy, high-tech economy thrive.”

New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle: “Advanced manufacturing has emerged as a cornerstone of our community’s economic resurgence thanks in large part to the tremendous work and leadership of RIT. As the newly designated leader and host of the CEMII, RIT will continue to develop new innovative technologies, resources, and solutions that will strengthen our manufacturing economy and create new jobs throughout our community and the state. I thank RIT and our many hardworking federal and state partners for their commitment to securing a brighter economic future for region.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky: “There is no better place for the new REMADE Institute than the Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT is a green manufacturing pioneer, promoting collaboration between governments, universities and enterprises in the development of sustainable manufacturing systems. Having this forward thinking institute in Rochester will ensure that New York state continues to lead the way when it comes to green manufacturing, creating a competitive advantage for all U.S. companies.”

New York State Sen. Joseph Robach: “I am very pleased to see that RIT has won this national grant, which will continue to make RIT a leader in innovative manufacturing and clean technology. These resources will not only benefit the campus, but will be a global benefactor for job creation and will help bring new businesses and opportunities the Rochester region. Once again, congratulations to RIT, this truly is a great win for this prestigious university as well as the entire Rochester community.”

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan: “This investment is not only a vote of confidence in the work being done at RIT, it also bodes well for the future of manufacturing here and across the country. Once again, RIT is at the forefront of new technologies and innovations that will lead to new energy initiatives and increased job opportunities in the future.”

New York State Sen. Rich Funke: “This significant public/private investment represents a strong vote of confidence in the world-leading work RIT is doing in the clean energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. I thank the U.S. Department of Energy and President Destler and his incredible team for partnering to grow good-paying jobs and a stronger economy right here in Rochester.”

New York State Assemblymember Harry Bronson: “I want to applaud the U.S. Energy Department for this exciting designation. RIT’s Golisano Institute is a recognized leader in sustainability, and being selected as the lead institution for this project is validation of the transformative research being pursued by the facility and students. This is a great day for RIT, the Rochester community and our region as we celebrate this milestone and turn a page on the next chapter on advancements in sustainable technologies.”