The Syracuse area is poised to lead the world in advanced manufacturing, Biden said in the OCC speech. | So Good News
Syracuse, NY — President Joe Biden spoke Thursday in Syracuse to celebrate Micron Technology’s plans to build a massive computer chip factory in Clay and was a key reason for landing the Onondaga County project.
Micron’s plans for the Syracuse area are a historic achievement, Biden said during his speech at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
“We’re going to make sure the future is in America,” he said. “It’s one of those bright spots around the country that gives us optimism and hope. The region is poised to lead the world in modern manufacturing.”
Hundreds of people packed the gym inside the gymnasium for the invitation-only event. Guests arrive hours early. The speech was not open to the public.
Biden said the federal Chips and Science Act, which he signed into law earlier this year, helped seal the deal with Micron. The act, championed by Senate Majority Leader and senior senator Chuck Schumer of New York, provides billions in incentives for chipmakers like Micron to build manufacturing facilities in the United States.
“We’re back in the game,” Biden said. “We’re competing again in a big way.”
Micron’s plans for Central New York are intriguing.
The Idaho-based company, the world’s fourth-largest semiconductor manufacturer, announced in early October that it had selected White Pine Commerce Park for Megafare, which it said would create 9,000 direct jobs and more than 40,000 jobs in Central New York. Over the next 20 years, there will be about 5,000 construction jobs.
Biden said the country currently produces only 10% of the global supply, despite inviting the chip industry. Projects like Micron’s will help increase that share by 500%.
This will save costs for American consumers, Biden said. Making chips in the US would lower the prices of everything from cell phones to washing machines to cars because companies wouldn’t be forced to buy from overseas suppliers.
“We’re turning things around in a very big way,” Biden said. “Today is a big day for Central New York, but it’s also a big day for the United States of America.”
The speech comes amid concerns over the economy, which has become the focus of midterm elections. Election day is November 8. Only 12 days left.
With inflation running at its highest level in decades, Republicans have sought to pin the blame squarely on policies pushed by Biden and Democrats. At the OCC, Biden argued that his approach would ultimately ensure a strong economic future for the state.
Republicans and former President Donald Trump also criticized the omission of economic weakness. The previous government led to unemployment and deficits and underinvestment, he said.
“‘Made in America’ is not a slogan on my watch.” Biden said. “It’s a fact.”
Biden took credit for his support of the Chips and Science Act in the House of Representatives after retiring Rep. John Card, a Republican who represents the Syracuse area, bashed his party’s majority. Katko was in the audience for Biden’s speech.
“John is a Republican and I like him a lot,” Biden said. “I’m a little sorry for leaving.”
During his visit, Governor Kathy Hochul; US Sens. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand; Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon; Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh; Katko, Officials including Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud and others joined Biden during the visit.
The president arrived in Syracuse on Air Force One at Hancock International Airport at 2 p.m., where Schumer, Hochul, Walsh, He spoke with Gillibrand and others for about 20 minutes in his car.
Before the OCC event, hundreds of people lined local streets hoping to catch a glimpse of the president’s motorcade on its way to campus. Some Trump supporters also went outside, waving signs criticizing Biden and supporting the former president.
In college, Biden took a long tour of the Micron display set up in the gym, including a scale model of the plants the company intends to build. Micron chairman and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra led the tour and discussed chip manufacturing with the president.
“We invented brushes, so it’s nice to see them come home,” Biden said at one point.
Schumer, Micron’s decision to build in Clay After months of lobbying by Hochul and McMahon — and a state incentive program worth at least $9 billion over 20 years.
The company expects to invest heavily in the local community in building the facilities. Hochul unveiled new spending details this morning, including a pledge to invest $10 million over 10 years in the city school district’s new STEAM-focused high school.
Local leaders are calling the project a generational transformational opportunity. Micron officials and others say unborn children will one day work in plants.
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A timeline of Biden’s visit to Syracuse to celebrate the Micron project
The Syracuse area is poised to lead the world in advanced manufacturing, Biden said in the OCC speech.
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