Barack After Dark™: Alicia & Michelle, Maria, Magic And North Carolina.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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As The Sun Sets…..It’s Time For Barack After Dark™

 

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The First Lady and Alicia Keys Discuss Education at the White House

January 15, 2014 | 23:11 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a discussion with education stakeholders about the challenges and best practices regarding education access in underserved communities.

 

 

 

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First lady Michelle Obama  speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

First lady Michelle Obama speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

 

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

January 15, 2014
07:14 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama announces the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, as Administrator of the Small Business AdministrationPresident Barack Obama announces the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Jan. 15, 2014. At right is Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

America’s small businesses are on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities. They are the cornerstones of our communities, and can help lead the way as we continue to grow the economy and add jobs in the coming year.

 

“They’re part of the pact that America makes — the idea that if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can build something new,” President Obama said today.

 

“And that’s the dream that brought generations of hardworking immigrants to our shores, and that’s the idea that drives small business owners to create new products and expand their businesses every single day.”

 

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama announced this afternoon as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration, knows first hand what it means to start a small business, and has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed.

 

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President Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

January 15, 2014 | 11:09 |Public Domain

 

President Obama announces that he is nominating Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration.

 

 

She’s the founder of ProAmérica Bank, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 30 years. Its focus is small and medium-sized businesses in Latino neighborhoods. So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity.

 

As Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Maria was the driving force behind major job creation and major public investments in infrastructure and in housing.

 

As a consultant, she helped companies expand into the Latino market. She’s a champion of women-owned and family-owned businesses … And as someone who moved to California from Mexico as a young girl, and whose mother worked long hours to support Maria and her five siblings, she knows firsthand the challenges that working families and recent immigrants are facing.

 

“So as we work to keep our economy growing, Maria will be charged with looking for more ways to support small businesses,” President Obama said, “to help them get that good idea off the ground, to expand, to hire, to sell their products and ideas not only in our domestic markets, but also overseas.  And I’m absolutely confident that she is going to do an outstanding job as our Small Business Administrator.”

 

 

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Magic Johnson
January 15, 2014
08:57 AM EST

 

No one plans to get sick or hurt — I certainly didn’t — but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.

 

As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.

 

It was important that I had the insurance needed to protect me in case I got hurt. It’s been almost 20 years since my playing days and having health insurance is still important to me. All athletes know that a broken bone, or knee surgery can cost a lot, and medical bills can add up. But it doesn’t just happen to professional athletes, it can happen to anybody. And, without health insurance, some medical treatments can cost thousands of dollars.

 

Magic Johnson: #GetCovered Because Earlier Detection Can Save People’s Lives

January 14, 2014 | 2:12 |Public Domain

 

Hall of Fame Basketball player, Entrepreneur and Activist Ervin “Magic” Johnson urges young americans to #GetCovered with the Affordable Care Act. Go to http://HealthCare.Gov and find the plan that best fits you.

 

 

The good news is, now you can finally get the health insurance you need. The new HealthInsurance Marketplace offers affordable, quality health insurance that can help you get the care you need without risking your life savings.

 

The Marketplace is a new, simpler way to purchase health insurance — all in one place. You can go online to find and compare options, determine if you qualify for lower costs, and enroll in the plan that’s right for you.

 

I encourage folks to check out my video and visit HealthCare.gov to determine your options.

 

Everyone should have the opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage. There’s still time to enroll through March 31.

 

Protect your health — enroll today.

 


 

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Megan Slack
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January 15, 2014
05:30 PM EST

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

January 15, 2014 | 18:46 |Public Domain

 

At North Carolina State University, President Obama announces new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract good jobs with good wages that a growing middle class requires.

 

 

President Obama made two stops during his trip to Raleigh today: the first to tour a company called Vacon, where workers design the drives that power everything from elevators to the giant fans that help cool buildings, and the second to deliver remarks at North Carolina State University, home of one of the largest undergraduate engineering programs in the country.

 

“The reason I came here today is because we’ve got to do more to connect universities like NC State with companies like Vacon to make America the number-one place in the world to open new businesses and create new jobs,” President Obama explained.

 

And, to help make Raleigh-Durham a magnet for the good, high-tech manufacturing jobs that we need to grow the middle class and keep this country on the cutting edge, President Obama announced today that the area will be home to the nation’s newest manufacturing innovation hub.

 

Like the hub launched in Ohio last year to develop and train workers in 3-D printing technology, the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute in North Carolina will bring leading companies, universities, and federal research together under one roof to help develop the next generation of power electronics.

 

“Folks at this hub are going to develop what are called ‘wide bandgap semiconductors,’” President Obama said.

 

“For all you non-engineers out there,” he said, “here’s what it means in the simplest terms.”

 

Semiconductors, obviously, are at the heart of every piece of the electronics that we use every day — your smartphone, your television set, these days everything … Wide bandgap semiconductors, they’re special because they use up to 90 percent less power; they can operate at higher temperatures than normal semiconductors.

 

So that means they can make everything from cell phones to industrial motors to electric cars smaller, faster, cheaper.

 

“And the country that figures out how to do this first, and the companies that figure how to do this best,” President Obama said, “they’re the ones that are going to attract the jobs that come with it.”

 

President Obama first called on Congress in his 2013 State of the Union to create a network of manufacturing hubs all across the country. Over the summer, he encouraged lawmakers to pass legislation supporting an even larger network of 45 hubs.

 

Absent Congressional action, President Obama has directed his administration to move forward where they can, and today he said that in addition to the hubs in Ohio and North Carolina, plans are underway to launch two more in the coming weeks.

 

Together, these hubs will “help build new partnerships in areas that show potential,” President Obama said. “They’ll help to lift up our communities. They’ll help spark the technology and research that will create the new industries, the good jobs required for folks to punch their ticket into the middle class.”

 

And that’s what America is all about. We have always been about research, innovation, and then commercializing that research and innovation so that everybody can benefit.  And then we start selling our stuff all around the world, we start exporting it.  And we create good jobs, and middle-class families then are able to buy the products that result from this innovation.  And you get a virtuous cycle where everybody is doing better, and nobody is left behind.  And that’s what we can do if we pull together the way those companies and universities have pulled together as part of this bid.

 


 

For more information:

Related Topics: ManufacturingEconomyNorth CarolinaOhio

 

 

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Is Famous: The ObamaCrat Site (<–click) is RACIST AND THEY HATE THE NRA AND ALL OF US MEMBERS!!! Gun Rights Dayton Ohio GUN GUYS & GALS


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Tonight a blogger who dislikes my anti gun stance, sent a comment to my blog. That was his first mistake.

 

Here is his blog post about me….I Am F.A.M.O.U.S.

 

About the ObamaCrat Blog Blogger:

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The ObamaCrat Site  (<–click)  is RACIST AND THEY HATE THE NRA AND ALL OF US MEMBERS!!!

 

Today, it was my displeasure to discover that “JB,” the (black) fellow who operates the ObamaCrat site, is without doubt a racist who hates white people!

 

You see, I had been following his posts because he puts up a BUNCH of anti-gun stuff, and it amuses me to reblog some of the posts and put a rebuttal on THIS site.

 

Today, I re-blogged one of his posts about the Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence, pertaining to a court hearing a case that has the potential to affect the laws regarding whether or not someone who has been convicted of domestic violence is allowed to purchase a gun.

 

I replied to his post, on his site, that I was an NRA member, and that even I do not think that people who have been convicted of domestic violence should be allowed to purchase firearms.

 

Well, he replied to my post, telling me to “suck a penis, you racist…caucasian…”  If you wanna see the thread, go look at his FUBAR site.  I won’t dignify his response by copying & pasting it here.

 

Regardless, I am becoming, more and more each day, a HARD CORE pro-gun guy, who is beginning to feel what is probably the truth about the “Anti-Gun” people, that being that they are close-minded and just want to ban firearms altogether.

 

These people do not appear to even have the capability of entering into a mutually respectful dialogue with someone with an opinion that doesn’t mesh well with theirs.  FINE.  So be it.  I’m extremely tired, after less than 3 weeks of operating this site, doing research, writing, re-blogging, etc., of beating my own head against the wall trying to communicate openly with these people.  Especially this “JB” guy at his site/blog.  He has repeatedly moderated out my comments on posts, and now has attempted to make it personal between he and I.  Not gonna work.  This is the friggin’ INTERNET doggone it.  There’s nothing personal here unless one makes it personal to their own self.  I will not sink to that level.

 

All that being said, I think it is only proper to inform anyone who reads my blog, that there is a racist anti-gunner out there that probably needs a reality check, and who thinks anyone who belongs to the NRA is a stupid (black hating) racist.  I’m somewhat surprised at WordPress for allowing him to post some of the nonsense that he does.  However, I did my duty and served in the military, and in so doing, I supported the rights of ALL people according to the Constitution…for EVERYONE’S right to free speech.  Including this guy.

 

So anyway, be advised:  The Anti-Gun crowd in general, and especially people like “JB”, don’t even have the ability to compose a correctly written full sentence, yet they believe they are qualified to write legislation themselves, just because they are afraid of the big bad NRA members with guns.  Further, they stereotype us all just like they believe we do to them. 

 

I’m totally outraged about this dude at present, but I WILL get over it shortly.  He just caught me off guard I suppose.

 

The Anti-Gun people don’t want anything except their own way.  They do NOT want to talk about it.  They probably don’t even want the government to vote on it.  They want to totally get rid of all of our guns, and probably the majority of us NRA members (if not all of us) with them!

 

I’m done now.  Going back to writing some stuff elsewhere.  

 

You NRA guys and gals take care, and God be With You ALL!  

 

DOWN WITH THE ANTI-GUNNERS!

 

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That was so educational to read…..the funny thing about every “NRA guys and gals” is simple…they scream about their muthafuckin 2nd amendment right to have firearms, but do not want MY right to oppose the 2nd amendment, to exist.  Gun fucknuts want their rights to carry weapons of mass death upheld but my right to believe guns kill PEOPLE, and my hatred for all guns and all gun owners…..should not be heard. I’m UN-American.

 

Well fuck you “Gun Rights Dayton Ohio” and your “GUN GUYS & GALS.”

 

You come visit MY blog, leave a stupid ass comment, and get your ass handed to you, then get “totally outraged” cause I told you to Go Suck A Penis. Guess what……Go Suck 2 Penises.

 

194 innocent children have been murdered by the guns YOU “Gun Rights Dayton Ohio” and your “GUN GUYS & GALS.” love so much, since December 14th, 2012. That date, in case you don’t remember, is the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre. Any of your “Gun Rights Dayton Ohio” and your “GUN GUYS & GALS” lose a child or loved one on 12/14/12?

 

There have been 35 school shootings in the last 14 months in The United States Of The NRAsshole AmeriKKKa. I sincerely hope the next one effects some of the “Gun Rights Dayton Ohio” and your “GUN GUYS & GALS” members….that way you may clearly see through your yellow gun glasses just how us racist anti-gun people think.

 

You and your blog makes my anus want a drink of water.

 

Stay the muthafuck off my blog and I’ll do you the same. Otherwise it’s on and crackin, you cracka fool.

 

I Cry For The United States Of AmeriKKKa….And Humanity The World Over.

 

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Three Out Of Four Americans Agree: It’s Time To Raise The Minimum Wage.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Secretary Thomas E. Perez
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January 15, 2014
04:31 PM EST

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Work in Progress, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. See the original post here.

 

Today I went up to Capitol Hill, on behalf of the president, to join Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. George Miller in supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

 

Even though we won’t recognize the holiday until Monday, today is actually Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday. And in championing this cause, we are carrying forward his legacy. In 1966, he said:

 

We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage…

 

But it’s not just civil rights visionaries who have understood the imperative of wage growth. Exactly 100 years ago, no less a capitalist than Henry Ford took an unheard-of step — he doubled the wages of the workers on his Dearborn, Mich., assembly line, with this explanation:

 

If we can distribute high wages, then that money is going to be spent and it will serve to make storekeepers and distributors and manufacturers and workers in other lines more prosperous and their prosperity will be reflected in our sales. Countrywide high wages spell countrywide prosperity.

 

A century later, that is still true. Raising the minimum wage isn’t just pro-worker; it’s pro-economic growth. Putting money in the pockets of working families, as Henry Ford explained, means they’ll spend it on goods and services, which in turn helps businesses thrive and create more jobs.

 

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That’s why 75 percent of Americans − including so many business leaders I speak to − support a higher federal minimum wage. That’s why there’s a proud bipartisan history of raising the wage.

 

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The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman – responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?

 

The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.

 

Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.

 

President Obama believes that income inequality is one of the most pressing matters facing the nation. If we are going to be a country that provides ladders of opportunity and believes in a thriving middle class, then we have to raise the minimum wage.

 

But don’t take my word for it. In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with many low-wage workers – proud men and women who want nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I’ve looked into their eyes and seen their struggle and their sacrifice; their dignity and self-respect.

 

They wake up every morning and do their jobs. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job. It’s time to give minimum wage workers the raise they need, the raise they’ve earned, the raise they deserve.

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama And Alicia Keys Discuss Education At The White House


 

By Jueseppi B.

First lady Michelle Obama  speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

First lady Michelle Obama speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

 

From Associated Press:

 

First Lady Uses Film to Make Pitch for Education

 

WASHINGTON January 16, 2014 (AP)

First lady Michelle Obama is turning a film about two inner-city boys left to fend for themselves into a call for the nation to do more to help young people get the support they need to make it to — and through — college.

The first lady held a White House screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” on Wednesday for educators and others working to help young people make it against long odds. The movie tells the story of two boys in New York left to take care of themselves.

The movie “should begin the conversation that is already happening about what we have to do to invest in kids in this community,” the first lady said. “Because there are millions of Mister and Petes out there who are just struggling to make it.”

Singer Alicia Keys, the movie’s executive producer, also was on hand for the screening at the White House. An Associated Press interview with Keys after the event was abruptly halted by one of her assistants, and the reporter was ushered out of the vehicle where the interview occurred, as it left the White House grounds, because the handler said she objected to the type of questions the reporter was asking. The reporter had asked Keys whether she would attend Mrs. Obama’s birthday celebration later this week and about Mrs. Obama’s impact as she turns 50, in addition to questions about the film and about education.

Mrs. Obama pointed to President Barack Obama’s goal that the U.S. have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, and pledged to make education an ongoing focus for the rest of her tenure in the White House.

“Everybody else is going to be talking about resources, but the one thing I can bring to this is the message that we can give directly to young people,” she said.

“I’m going to tell them that they have everything they need to succeed already,” she said. “It’s all in there, but they still have to be committed to getting their educations.”

Thank you Associated Press.

 

The First Lady and Alicia Keys Discuss Education at the White House

 

Published on Jan 15, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a discussion with education stakeholders about the challenges and best practices regarding education access in under served communities. January 15, 2014.

 

 

First Lady joins with Alicia Keys to talk education

 

BY LESLEY CLARK   McClatchy Washington Bureau

 

First Lady Michelle Obama has earned accolades — and few brickbats — for her campaigns to improve the American diet and get people off the couch. She’s also championed hiring opportunities for returning veterans.

 

And now, the first lady says, she’s adding another initiative to her roster: helping achieve President Obama’s goal that the U.S. by 2020 will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. (It once was No. 1 but has fallen to 12th, she said.)

 

Still, Obama, who turns 50 on Friday, says she’s not giving up her “Let’s Move,” food and exercise program or her “Joining Forces” campaign to help military veterans and their families.

 

“Nothing is going away, we’re just adding more on,” Obama said Wednesday, talking to a room full of educators at the White House. “I’m going to be doing my very best to promote these efforts by talking directly with young people. That’s my focus. Everybody else is going to be talking about resources, but the one thing I can bring to this is the message that we can give directly to young people.”

 

Obama’s remarks came after a White House screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” produced by the singer, Alicia Keys, who preceded Obama at the lectern in the State Dining Room.

 

Obama said she “wept” as she watched the movie, which the White House describes as a “coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx.

 

And she said it speaks to her plans to improve education access in under served communities.

 

“This is the movie that should begin the conversation that is already happening about what we have to do to invest in kids in this community,” Obama said to Keys. “Because there are millions of Mister and Petes out there who are just struggling to make it.”

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The President Takes Action In 2014 To Get The Job Done. What Say YOU 113th Congress, Where Are The Jobs?


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Speaks on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

 

Published on Jan 15, 2014

At North Carolina State University, President Obama announces new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract good jobs with good wages that a growing middle class requires. January 15, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Announces New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institute

 

North Carolina headquartered consortium of 18 companies and 6 universities partnering with the federal government to strengthen U.S. manufacturing

WASHINGTON, DC – The President today will announce new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a growing middle class requires. The President will announce the selection of a North Carolina headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, led by North Carolina State University, to lead a manufacturing innovation institute for next generation power electronics.

 

President Obama has declared 2014 a year of action, and while he will continue to work with Congress on new measures to create jobs and grow the economy, he will also use his executive authority to get things done. After shedding jobs for a decade, our manufacturers have added 568,000 over the past nearly four years, including 80,000 over the past five months.  Manufacturing production has grown since the end of the recession at its fastest pace in over a decade. The President is committed to building on that progress.

 

In last year’s State of the Union address, the President proposed a series of three new manufacturing institutes that the Administration can create using existing resources – this is the first of those institutes.  In May, President Obama launched a competition for these three new manufacturing innovation institutes with a Federal commitment of $200 million across five Federal agencies – Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, building off the success of a pilot institute headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio.  The additional two institutes led by the Department of Defense – focused on Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation and Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing – are still in the selection process and will be awarded in the coming weeks.

 

Each institute is designed to serve as a regional hub designed to bridge the gap between applied research and product development, bringing together companies, universities and other academic and training institutions, and Federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S.  This type of “teaching factory” provides a unique opportunity for education and training of students and workers at all levels, while providing the shared assets to help companies, most importantly small manufacturers, access the cutting-edge capabilities and equipment to design, test, and pilot new products and manufacturing processes.

 

The new manufacturing innovation institute announced today in North Carolina is focused on enabling the next generation of energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips and devices by making wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with current silicon-based power electronics in the next five years.  These improvements will make power electronic devices like motors, consumer electronics, and devices that support our power grid faster, smaller, and more efficient.   The winning team, led by North Carolina State University, brings together a consortium of leading companies that included some of the world’s leading wide band gap semiconductor manufacturers, leading materials providers, and critical end-users like John Deere and Delphi with universities on the cutting edge of technology development and research, all in a vibrant and entrepreneurial region that can serve as the foundation for ongoing U.S leadership in this important technology.  The Department of Energy is awarding $70 million over five years, matched by at least $70 million in non-federal commitments by the winning team of businesses and universities, along with the state of North Carolina.

 

Today’s announcement is another step forward toward fulfilling the President’s vision for a full national network of up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes, which will also require legislation from Congress. In July 2013, Senators Brown (D-OH) and Blunt (R-MO) and Congressmen Reed (R-NY) and Kennedy (D-MA) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation in both the Senate and House that would create a network for manufacturing innovation led by the Department of Commerce consistent with the President’s vision, helping the United States to take advantage of this unique opportunity to accelerate growth and innovation in domestic production and create the foundation for well-paying jobs that strengthen the middle class.  The President will continue to support this bipartisan legislation and will work with Congress to get it passed, and will continue to make progress where he can through existing authority to boost these partnerships that are key to supporting high-quality manufacturing jobs.

 

Additional Background on the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute:

The Next Generation Power Electronics Institute will provide the innovation infrastructure needed to support new product and process technologies, education, and training to become a global center of excellence for the development of wide bandgap semiconductor devices and industry-relevant processes.  The DOE-supported manufacturing innovation institute’s headquarters will be located on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. The university will also host some of the institute’s shared research and development facilities and testing equipment, as well as workforce development and education programs.

 

In the last century, silicon semiconductors transformed computing, communication and energy industries, giving consumers and businesses more and more powerful devices that were once unimaginable. Today, as we reach the limits of silicon-based electronics for some critical applications, WBG semiconductors offer a new opportunity to jumpstart the next generation of smaller, faster, cheaper and more efficient power electronics for personal devices, electric vehicles, renewable power interconnection, industrial-scale variable speed drive motors and a smarter, more flexible grid.

 

The institute will provide shared facilities, equipment, and testing and modeling capabilities to companies across the power electronics supply chain, particularly small and medium-size manufacturers, to help invent, design and manufacture new semiconductor chips and devices. The institute will also pair chip designers and manufacturers with large power electronic manufacturers and suppliers, such as John Deere and Delphi, to bring these technologies to market faster and will offer training, higher education programs and hands-on internships that give American workers the skills for new job opportunities and meet the needs of this emerging and globally competitive industry.

 

Compared to silicon-based technologies, wide bandgap semiconductors can operate at higher temperatures and have greater durability and reliability at higher voltages and frequencies – ultimately achieving unprecedented performance while using less electricity. These technologies can reduce the size of consumer electronics like laptop adapters by 80% or the size of a power station to the size of a suitcase.  By supporting the foundation for a strong wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturing base, the United States can lead in some of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets from consumer appliances and industrial-scale equipment to telecommunications and clean energy technologies – creating the well-paying jobs that support a growing middle class.

 

The winning consortium, led by North Carolina State University and headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes the State of North Carolina and:

 

18 Companies: ABB, APEI, Avogy, Cree, Delphi, Delta Products, DfR Solutions, Gridbridge, Hesse Mechantronics, II-VI, IQE, John Deere, Monolith Semiconductor, RF Micro Devices, Toshiba International, Transphorm, USCi, Vacon

 

7 Universities and Labs: North Carolina State [Lead], Arizona State University, Florida State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

 

Background on DOD-led Manufacturing Innovation Institutes:

Competitions continue for the two Department of Defense led manufacturing innovation institutes, which will be selected and awarded in the coming weeks.  Those institutes will focus on technologies critical to the Department’s needs that also have broad commercial applications across different manufacturing industries that will help to drive U.S. leadership in the technologies and skills needed to encourage job-creating investment in the U.S.  The two institutes are:

 

  • Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation: Advanced design and manufacturing tools that are digitally integrated and networked with supply chains can lead to ‘factories of the future’ forming an agile U.S. industrial base with significant speed to market advantage. A national institute focusing on the development of novel model-based design methodologies, virtual manufacturing tools, and sensor and robotics based manufacturing networks will accelerate the innovation in digital manufacturing increasing U.S. competitiveness.
  • Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing: Advanced lightweight metals possess mechanical and electrical properties comparable to traditional materials while enabling much lighter components and products. A national institute will make the U.S. more competitive by scaling-up research to accelerate market expansion for products such as wind turbines, medical devices, engines, armored combat vehicles, and airframes, and lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and energy costs.

 

 

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

 

 

Remarks by the President on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

 

J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

 

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1:14 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Raleigh!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Well, it is good to be back in North Carolina.  (Applause.)  If you have a seat, go ahead and have a seat.  Now, if you don’t have a seat, don’t.  (Laughter.)

 

It is good to be here at the home of the Wolfpack.  (Applause.)  I want to thank your chancellor, Randy Woodson, for the introduction and the great work that he’s doing on behalf of students all across the system.  I want to recognize my Secretary of Energy, Ernie Moniz, who is here.  Give him a big round of applause — he’s doing good work.  (Applause.)  Your Governor, Pat McCrory, is here.  (Applause.)  The Mayor of Raleigh, Nancy McFarlane.  (Applause.)  The Mayor of Chapel Hill, Mark Kleinschmidt.  (Applause.)  The Mayor of Durham, Bill Bell.  (Applause.)  And we’ve got Congressman Mike McIntyre doing great work.  (Applause.)  Your Senator, Kay Hagan, couldn’t be here, but I wanted to thank her publicly for the great work she’s doing.  (Applause.)

 

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And I want to thank all the students for coming out.  We’re doing this event nice and early so it doesn’t run up against the Wake game.  (Applause.)  I’ve learned a few things as President, and one of them is not to compete with college basketball down here on Tobacco Road.  You don’t do that.  (Applause.)

 

Now, this is actually my second stop in Raleigh-Durham.  I just took a tour of a company called Vacon, where workers design the drives that power everything from elevators to the giant fans that help cool buildings like this one — although I think we’re kind of saving money on this — (laughter) — which is the smart thing to do.

 

So this company is making these engines and these systems more efficient, saving businesses big bucks on energy costs, improving the environment.  Those savings get passed on to customers, puts money in people’s pockets.  And growing companies that need the products that Vacon makes, they’re benefitting enormously.  So it’s a good-news story.  But in a global economy, that company, just like every company in America, has to keep inventing and innovating in order to stay on the cutting edge.  And that’s where all of you come in.

 

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Here at NC State, you know something about innovation.  You’ve got one of the largest undergraduate engineering programs in the country.  That’s worth cheering for.  (Applause.)  I’m a lawyer by training, and that is nice.  But we need more engineers.  (Applause.)

 

Companies like Cisco and IBM, they come to this school when they’re looking to hire because of the quality of the engineering program.  And over at Centennial Campus — (applause) — some very smart people experiment in state-of-the-art facilities to figure out everything from how to design better fireproof fabrics to how to better protect our computer systems.

 

So the reason I came here today is because we’ve got to do more to connect universities like NC State with companies like Vacon to make America the number-one place in the world to open new businesses and create new jobs.  We want to do that here in North Carolina, and we want to do this all across America.  (Applause.)

 

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Now, it’s been more than five years since a devastating recession cost this country millions of jobs, and it hurt North Carolina pretty tough.  But everyone here knows that even before the recession hit, the middle class had been hitting — getting hit on the chin for years before that.  Here in North Carolina, factories were shutting their doors, jobs were getting shipped overseas.  Wages and incomes were flat-lining, so even if you had a job you didn’t see your standard of living going up very much. Meanwhile the cost of everything from college tuition to groceries did go up.

 

So when I took office, we decided to focus on the hard work of rebuilding our economy on a new foundation for growth and prosperity, and to make sure that everybody had a chance to get ahead.  And thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people, the good news is the economy is growing stronger.  (Applause.)  Our businesses have now created more than 8 million new jobs since we hit bottom.  Because of an all-of-the-above strategy for American energy, for the first time in nearly two decades we produce more oil here in the United States than we buy from the rest of the world.  That hasn’t happened in a very long time.  (Applause.)  We now generate more renewable energy than ever before, more natural gas than anybody on the planet.  (Applause.)  We’re lowering energy costs, reducing pollution.

 

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Health care costs are growing at their slowest rate in 50 years.  For the first time since the 1990s, health care costs eat up a smaller chunk of our economy, and part of that, yes, has to do with the Affordable Care Act.  (Applause.)  And so over time, that means bigger paychecks for middle-class families, bigger savings for companies that are looking to hire.  And along with all this, since I took office we’ve cut our deficits by more than half.  (Applause.)

 

So we’ve made progress.  And that’s what I mean when I say this can be a breakthrough year for America.  The pieces are all there to start bringing back more of the jobs that we’ve lost over the past decade.  A lot of companies around the world are starting to talk about bringing jobs back to the United States, bringing jobs back to places like North Carolina — partly because we got cheap energy costs, we’ve got the best workers in the world, we’ve got the best university systems in the world — (applause) — and we’ve got the largest market in the world.

 

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So the pieces are there to restore some of the ground that the middle class has lost in recent decades, start raising wages for American families.  But it requires us to take action.  This has to be a year of action.

 

And here in North Carolina, you’re doing your part to create good jobs that pay good wages.  Congress has to do its part, too — because restoring the American Dream of opportunity for everyone who’s willing to work for it is something that should unite the country.  That shouldn’t divide the country.  That’s what we should be aspiring to — that everybody has a shot if they’re willing to work hard and take responsibility.  (Applause.)

 

So in the short term, one thing Congress could do is listen to the majority of the American people and restore the unemployment insurance for Americans who need it.   (Applause.)  And let me just make an aside here.  North Carolina still has a higher-than-average unemployment rate, so this is important to this state.  Folks aren’t looking for a handout.  They’re not looking for special treatment.  There are a lot of people who are sending our resumes every single day, but the market — the job market is still tough in pockets around the country, and people need support, a little help, so they can look after their families while they’re looking for a new job.  (Applause.)  So Congress should do the right thing and extend this vital lifeline for millions of Americans.

 

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Of course, that’s just short term.  Long term, the challenge of making sure everybody who works hard can get ahead in today’s economy is so important that we can’t wait for Congress to solve it.  Where I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so.

 

And today, I’m here to act — to help make Raleigh-Durham, and America, a magnet for the good, high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge.  (Applause.)

 

So we’ve already got some success to build on.  Manufacturing is a bright spot in this economy.  For decades we’d been losing manufacturing jobs.  But now our manufacturers have added over the last four years more than 550,000 new jobs, including almost 80,000 manufacturing jobs in the last five months alone.  So we want to keep that trend going.  We want to build on the kind of work that’s being done in places like NC State to develop technology that leads to new jobs and entire new industries.

 

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So a little over a year ago, we launched America’s first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio.  And what it was is a partnership; it includes companies and colleges.  They came up with a joint plan.  They were focusing on developing 3D printing technology and training workers with the skills required to master that technology.

 

Now, that was a great start.  We got one going and some of the folks from Youngstown are here today, and we congratulate them on the great work they’re doing.  But here’s the problem:  We created one; in Germany, they’ve already got about 60 of these manufacturing innovation hubs.  So we’ve got some catching up to do.  I don’t want the next big job-creating discovery, the research and technology to be in Germany or China or Japan.  I want it to be right here in the United States of America.  I want it to be right here in North Carolina.  (Applause.)

 

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So what I said was in my State of the Union address last year, I said to Congress, let’s set up a network of at least 15 of these manufacturing hubs all across America, focusing on different opportunities where we can get manufacturing innovation going, create jobs, make sure that the research is tied to businesses that are actually hiring, and those synergies are going to grow the economy regionally and ultimately across the whole country.

 

And last summer, as part of our push to create middle-class jobs, I said, you know what, let’s not settle on 15, let’s just go ahead and do 45.  Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate introduced bills that would get this going — that’s good.  But they haven’t passed the bills yet.  So I want to encourage them to continue to pass the bills that would create 45 of these manufacturing hubs.  In the meantime, I’m directing my administration to move forward where we can on our own.

 

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So today, after almost a year of competition, I’m pleased to announce America’s newest high-tech manufacturing hub — which is going to be focused on the next generation of power electronics  — is going to be based right here in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Applause.)  That’s good news.  That’s good news.  (Applause.)   That’s good news.  It’s great.  (Applause.)

 

So just like the hub in Youngstown, what we’re calling the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute is bringing together leading companies, universities, and federal research all together under one roof.  Folks at this hub are going to develop what are called “wide bandgap semiconductors.”

 

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Now, I was just schooled on all this.  (Laughter.)  I’m not sure that I’m fully qualified to describe the technical elements of this.  Raise your hand if you know what that is.  (Laughter.) See, we’ve got some.  (Laughter.)  For all you non-engineers out there, here’s what it means in the simplest terms.  Semiconductors, obviously, are at the heart of every piece of the electronics that we use every day — your smartphone, your television set, these days everything.  Public research helped develop them decades ago, and then that research allowed commercialization, new products, new services, and obviously not only improved the economy, but greatly enhanced our lives.  So we want companies to run with the ball also, but first we’ve got to make sure that we’re also doing the research and linking it up to those companies.

 

Wide bandgap semiconductors, they’re special because they use up to 90 percent less power; they can operate at higher temperatures than normal semiconductors.  So that means they can make everything from cell phones to industrial motors to electric cars smaller, faster, cheaper.  There are going to be still applications for the traditional semiconductors, but these can be focused on certain areas that will vastly improve energy efficiency, vastly improve the quality of our lives.  And the country that figures out how to do this first, and the companies that figure how to do this best, they’re the ones that are going to attract the jobs that come with it.

 

So this manufacturing hub, right here, focused in North Carolina –

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  GoPack!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  GoPack!  (Laughter and applause.)  This hub is going to make it easier for these wide bandgap semiconductors to go from the drawing board to the factory floor to the store shelves — or not necessarily the store shelves, because what I just saw, for example, were these really big pieces of equipment that are attached to utility companies or help windmills translate the power they’re generating actually get transmitted to where they’re going to be finally used.  It’s going to bring together chip designers and manufacturers with companies like Vacon and Delphi that stand to benefit from these new technologies.  And this will help big companies, but it’s also going to help small companies, because they’re going to be able to use equipment they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to test and prototype new products.  And of course, American workers will be able to come right here, to North Carolina, to learn the skills that companies are looking for.  And the next generation of manufacturing will be an American revolution.

 

So in the coming weeks, we’re going to be launching two more of these innovation hubs; we’ve already got them all planned out. One is going to focus on digital design and manufacturing; another is going to be developing lightweight metals that could transform everything from wind turbines to military vehicles.  And together, they’re going to help build new partnerships in areas that show potential.  They’ll help to lift up our communities.  They’ll help spark the technology and research that will create the new industries, the good jobs required for folks to punch their ticket into the middle class.

 

And that’s what America is all about.  We have always been about research, innovation, and then commercializing that research and innovation so that everybody can benefit.  And then we start selling our stuff all around the world, we start exporting it.  And we create good jobs, and middle-class families then are able to buy the products that result from this innovation.  And you get a virtuous cycle where everybody is doing better, and nobody is left behind.  And that’s what we can do if we pull together the way those companies and universities have pulled together as part of this bid.

 

Now, this is going to be a long haul.  We’re not going to turn things around overnight.  A lot of jobs were lost in the textile industry and furniture-making.  But the great news is, is that ultimately, because our people are good and smart and hardworking and willing to take risks, we are going to be able to start bringing those jobs back to America.  And that’s what we do.  (Applause.)  When times get tough, we don’t give up.  We get up.  We innovate.  We adapt.  We keep going.  We look to the future.  (Applause.)

 

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And I want all of you to know, North Carolina, that as long as we keep working together and fighting together and doing what it takes to widen the circle of opportunity for more Americans so nobody is left behind — if you work hard, if you are responsible, then you can go out there, get a skill, train yourself, find a job, support a family.  If we work together, and that’s our focus, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.  (Applause.) There’s no limit to how far we can go.

 

So congratulations, North Carolina State.  Congratulations, Raleigh.  Let’s get to work.  God bless you.  God bless America. (Applause.)

 

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1:31 P.M. EST

 

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