Obama to visit UAlbany CNSE, not GlobalFoundries

ualbany college of nanoscale science engineering exterior south side

Albany NanoTech.

Change of plan: the White House says Barack Obama will be visiting the Albany area next Tuesday, but it will be at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering -- not GlobalFoundries as earlier indicated.

From the White House press release:

On Tuesday, May 8, the President will travel to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex at the State University of New York in Albany, New York for an event on the economy. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is a fully-integrated research, development, prototyping, and educational facility that provides strategic support through outreach, technology acceleration, business incubation, pilot prototyping, and test-based integration support for onsite corporate partners, including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, Applied Materials, as well as other next generation nanotechnology research activities. Due to logistical reasons, the President's event will no longer be held at GlobalFoundries in Malta, New York but representatives from GlobalFoundries will join the President at CNSE. Governor Cuomo will also join the President at Tuesday's event.

Even though the specific venue is changing, the setting will still project the same message: Hey, look, there's sophisticated manufacturing in the United States.

And, logistically, Albany Nanotech is a lot closer to ALB than GloFo. (It really is the most efficient option for getting complicated machinery in front of the POTUS so he can feign interest in it.)


Interesting (not feigned). Our local school district (Coxsackie-Athens) just sent out their budget bulletin thing, and they mention that GlobalFoundries had a recent job fair that "did not produce enough qualified candidates for the positions" when talking about boosting STEM funding for the high school while cutting other positions.

I found this link where people who've interviewed at GF rate the experience: http://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Interview-Questions-E229997.htm

Did someone at the WH realize that it was a Bush era initiative that started the GlobalFoundries courting effort, approved by Petaki and pushed by Bruno? ;-)

I find it very sad that when the president come to CNSE, all of us hard working union brothers and sisters, who are building the expansion on the corner of Washington ave and fuller rd. We are not going to be allowed to work Monday and Tuesday, thusly we won't get paid for two days of work.

It's so lame to politicize every detail that Obama or Bush, or Romney does. What about letting interest happen at a place that is deserving of it, and to give credit to those who supported a good idea in its infancy. To make comments about Democratic feigned interest or diminish the visit of a Potus because you don't like him is infantile. Keep to the issues, and let the nobility and courage of exploring new ground to be the subject of the day. And listen to the response - his is certainly going to have more meaning than either of yours.

@ Cap'n Ben - right on.

Our President is a very smart guy, so, who says he is feigning interest when presented with new technological advances and touring plants? Cynicism is so boring.

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