In July, Louise announced that Rochester was chosen as the home for a new $600 million American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. It’s a game changer for our local economy and the direct result of more than three years of hard work by Louise. The Institute will create thousands of good jobs in the emerging field of photonics, a science described as “the next generation of electronics.”

Thanks to Louise’s hard work, Rochester is now leveraging our expertise in optics, photonics, and imaging science to lead the nation in innovation and high-tech manufacturing.

Louise’s work bringing the national manufacturing hub to Monroe County began more than three years ago, when she started organizing local stakeholders in Rochester and Washington, DC. She brought federal leaders to Monroe County to show them how Western New York is leading the country in using advanced manufacturing to create good-paying jobs.

Knowing Rochester had the expertise to lead a national Photonics Manufacturing Institute, Louise led a years-long national effort to convince the Obama Administration to commit the necessary resources for a national photonics hub. Louise then led the national effort to convince the administration to make Rochester the home for this one-of-a-kind manufacturing center.

The new photonics hub that Louise secured for Rochester will create thousands of jobs in our region and ensure that Western New York continues to lead the world in advanced manufacturing.