Brown Pushes Funding for America Makes, More Hubs

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, selected a startup company at the Youngstown Business Incubator Friday as the backdrop to pitch the importance of his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, or RAMI. 

The legislation would provide $300 million to fund the Obama Administration's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program, launched in 2012 with the formation of America Makes in Youngstown, the first of 12 advanced manufacturing hubs planned across the country.

America Makes, formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or NAMII, helps facilitate research and development projects between more than 100 private and public partners related to additive manufacturing.

"Companies like the one we celebrate today put Youngstown on the map again as a world leader in manufacturing," Brown said during a press event at the YBI. "Our legislation has passed the House, it's passed the Senate committee unanimously. We think that this has a good chance of getting to the president's desk."

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