A $70 million vision to revolutionize America’s ability to compete globally and restore some of the millions of manufacturing jobs lost in the last decade will set up shop in downtown Youngstown starting next month.

It’s ambitious:

Sixty-plus partners teaming up, with a projection of 7,200 regional jobs created over the coming years, officials project.

But this is more than just a regional impact, said one top Obama administration official.

“This is not just about putting together hub jobs from Northeast Ohio to West Virginia; it’s about putting together an example for the future of the industry,” said Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council.

He was among more than 200 industry and government leaders taking part in the announcement Thursday at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown.

“This is a strategy to restore strong middle-class jobs and a strategy for a new era of American manufacturing,” said Sperling.

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