US: Obama announces technology partnership

President Barack Obama visited a university research centre outside Pittsburgh on 24 June to announce a new partnership between the government, industries and leading universities to speed the movement of technological advances to commercial users, writes Jackie Calmes for The New York Times.

The trip was the latest of his increasingly frequent travels to battleground states to showcase administration efforts to create manufacturing jobs. After touring the National Robotics Engineering Centre at Carnegie Mellon University, a high-technology facility adjacent to a rusted factory symbolic of the area's industrial past, Obama said federal agencies would invest more than $500 million to seed the initiative.

"We've launched an all-hands-on-deck effort between our brightest academic minds, some of our boldest business leaders and our most dedicated public servants from science and technology agencies, all with one big goal, and that is a renaissance of American manufacturing," Obama said.
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