Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Meets With U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, Labor to Discuss Future of Advanced Manufacturing in

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Meets With U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, Labor to
         Discuss Future of Advanced Manufacturing in America's Cities

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On behalf of the U.S.
Conference of Mayors (USCM), Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx met with Acting U.S.
Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
in Washington today to discuss ways the federal government and mayors across
the country can work together to boost advanced manufacturing in U.S. cities.
Foxx was recently named chair of the Conference's newly created Advanced
Manufacturing Task Force and is working to develop a set of strategies that
all cities can implement to strengthen their advanced manufacturing sectors.

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"The meeting held today between Mayor Foxx and Secretaries Blank and Solis is
a giant step towards strengthening the relationship between local and federal
government, which will help us reach our joint goal to boost job opportunities
in growing industries," said USCM President Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
"Mayor Foxx brings a wealth of experience to the national policy discussion on
job creation, and his leadership of our USCM Task Force on Advanced
Manufacturing will help us bring more jobs to Main Street."

"Advanced manufacturing presents a critical opportunity to put Americans back
to work in high-paying jobs, and I'm eager to work with federal officials to
achieve that goal," said Mayor Foxx. "The overwhelming majority of high-tech
manufacturing jobs are already located in metro areas, but through the careful
coordination of federal, state, and municipal policies, I believe we can
create even more. I'm thankful to Secretaries Blank and Solis for their
support of that effort and I look forward to continuing to work with them
moving forward."

"This Administration has been strongly committed to U.S. manufacturing since
Day 1, and at the Commerce Department, we are focused on supporting the
development of new and innovative manufacturing technologies that help
American entrepreneurs build things here and export them to the world," said
Acting Secretary Blank. "Advanced manufacturing in particular will keep
America on the cutting edge of global competition. I am glad that Mayor Foxx
and the U.S. Conference of Mayorsare workingas strong partners in our
efforts to strengthen advanced manufacturing and help grow our economy." 

"Expanding the advanced manufacturing sector is one of the best ways for
communities to strengthen the middle class and provide opportunities in
high-growth, high-wage jobs," said Secretary Solis. "I look forward to working
with Mayor Foxx on strategies our cities can use to leverage federal programs
and resources to train and equip American workers for the jobs of the future."

The Advanced Manufacturing Task Force will formally launch at the U.S.
Conference of Mayors winter meeting in January and begin to examine how
policies on workforce development, technology transfer, infrastructure, tax
reform, access to capital, and zoning can help cities grow their advanced
manufacturing sectors. Siemens AG and the Brookings Institution will both
play advisory roles on the task force. Foxx has pointed to Siemens' local
training partnership with Charlotte's Central Piedmont Community College as
the kind of public-private collaboration and workforce development program
that all cities can benefit from.

SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors

Contact: Al Killeffer, Charlotte Office of the Mayor, +1-704-336-3438,
akilleffer@charlottenc.gov; or Lina Garcia, U.S. Conference of Mayors,
+1-202-341-6113, lgarcia@usmayors.org