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When President Obama announced a new, half-billion-dollar manufacturing initiative last Friday, his goals were lofty:

“This partnership is about new, cutting-edge ideas to create new jobs, spark new breakthroughs, reinvigorate American manufacturing today, right now -- not somewhere off in the future, right now,” he said.

To nurture that spark, the Obama administration is providing the cash, and a handful of top universities and corporations are providing the expertise.

For upstate New York - where manufacturing is a big deal - this would seem like great news.

But of the 6 universities and 11 companies selected to participate in the president's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), only one is headquartered in New York state.  

So ... not so great news.

Dozens of tour buses have added the tiny town of Elma, N.Y., as a stop this year. On their way to scenic sites like Niagara Falls, these tourists are squeezing in a visit to the Made in America store.

Shop owner Mark Andol climbs aboard a bus and tells the riders that shopping here is a patriotic act.

"When you walk through them doors, I guarantee when you're shopping — the homework's been done — it's 100 percent made-in-America products. Made in this country by American workers, and the money stays in our economy. So, enjoy yourself," he says.

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Rochester, 1; Pennsauken, N.J., 0.

When Fairport, N.Y.-based LiDestri Foods announced on Wednesday that it was consolidating its East Coast sauce-making operations in Rochester, it was a tale of two headlines.

In Rochester: jubilation. The move meant 150 new manufacturing jobs were coming to town.

In Jersey: despair. The move meant exactly the opposite.

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Three companies are entering a multi-million dollar partnership to build super-efficient LED lights. Their CEOs met for the first time Thursday and announced their strategic alliance.

The LED lamps are designed for industrial and commercial buildings. They'll eventually be made from start to finish in Central New York.

This high-tech rethinking of a product as simple as the lightbulb takes smarts and patents in a number of different areas.

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Jobs: Improving slowly but surely

The Buffalo Niagara region added more than 2,000 jobs in the last 12 months. That may seem hearty, but according to the New York Labor Department, that’s just a 0.4 percent rate of growth.

During April, layoffs in the public sector continued. But those were offset by gains in private business.

According to the Buffalo News: