Open Letter to the Leadership Team at the City of Rochester

For twenty years many of us have worked together to get the Rochester community to recognize what the world already recognizes: the importance of optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) to our region. We are recognized around the world for this strategic advantage. The lion’s share of this region’s patents are for applications in OPI.

We now have the endorsements of Louise Slaughter, Kristin Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer and points of contact within NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), EDA (Economic Development Administration), Commerce, DoD (Department of Defense) and OSTP (White House Office of Science & Technology Policy). We are in a national competition to establish a center for Optics, Photonics and Imaging.

If the (Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership) IMCP application from this community does not expressly recognize and attempt to leverage our OPI strategic advantage it will be a blunder. The (points of contact) POC’s in Washington DC expect to see OPI highlighted in any applications coming from Rochester. We have been cultivating this for years.

I know that you are all busy. I have attached some resources that may help you recognize what I am talking about. Thanks for your attention and best of luck! The RRPC is willing to help in any way that we can.
Rochester Leads The World In Optics
Photonics: A Priority for New York and the Nation
Advancing American competitiveness by harnessing the power of light
Schumer In Rochester Promoting New Manufacturing Legislation
Competing on the Photonics World Stage
New York Photonics Companies Represented 6% of Exhibitors at Photonics West 2014

-Tom Battley

Mayor Lovely Warren was sent a copy of this letter on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
This communication was emailed to the RRPC Board and members of the Mayor Lovely Warren leadership team the same day.
Included were:

Leonard Redon, Deputy Mayor
Jeremy Clooney, Chief of Staff
Allen Williams, Director of Special Projects
Delmonize Smith, Commisioner, Department of Neighborhood and Business Development

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