Reed Confident RI's Manufacturing Sector Will Get Federal Boost

Aug 6, 2013

Senator Jack Reed said he’s confident that Rhode Island will receive federal money meant to boost the state’s manufacturing sector.

Senator Reed expects the state to receive federal grant money, to be used to boost the state's manufacturing jobs.

Reed and the three other members of the congressional delegation took part Monday in a manufacturing forum at URI’s Providence campus. About 100 people attended the discussion.

Reed said the outlook is good for Rhode Island to get a preliminary grant of up to 200-thousand dollars to foster a strategy for adding manufacturing jobs.

“I think in terms of the first set of federal grants and planning, we could be very confident we’ll get the planning," said Reed.

The preliminary manufacturing grants will set the stage for a national competition for federal grants of up to 25 million dollars each.

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