In a hotly contested competition that had a team led by New York State vying with a team led by Florida and another led by Southern California, the DoD has chosen the New York team as the winner for the Integrated Photonics Institute In Manufacturing Innovation:  AIM Photonics. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Chuck Schumer have announced National Manufacturing Institute in Photonics to be located in New York and headquartered in Rochester.

“All the players involved: Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytech, our Washington DC delegation, RIT, UR, UCSB, MIT, Columbia and others all played important roles —  and put aside differences to work together.

Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Schumer helped convene the New York Team, Governor Cuomo had the foresight and determination to offer a huge investment to make the application irresistible.  New York’s technology team worked together to leverage their best talents and recruit other members of the application team from other states. Everyone worked hard.  New Yorkers can be proud of this announcement,” said Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Katie LaShomb (202) 680-0813

Slaughter Issues Statement on Photonics Manufacturing Institute

ROCHESTER, NY – Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter released the following statement regarding her efforts to bring a federal manufacturing institute to Rochester:

For more than three years, I’ve been leading our region’s effort to convince the Obama Administration to create a photonics manufacturing institute and build it in Rochester. With remarkable research universities, robust manufacturing capability, and the most talented workforce in the country, the Rochester region is truly the nation’s leader when it comes to photonics. Three years of tireless work is nearing the finish line but I won’t be celebrating until an official announcement is made by the Department of Defense. I’ve been proud to work with many partners on this exciting opportunity and am especially grateful for the support of the University of Rochester, RIT, Majority Leader Joe Morelle, and Governor Andrew Cuomo. I look forward to sharing more details with the community in the days ahead.

For background on Congresswoman Slaughter’s work on this institute, click here.

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