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.