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Ohio Manufacturing Institute – Why not Illinois Manufacturing Institute Mr. President?

The foundation of the logic for the Ohio Manufacturing Institute is brilliant as the target of existing partnership between the areas prevailing needs is wants closely fits the Institutes goal.

While I really like Ohio as I used to live in Cleveland, I must voice LOUDLY…. WHY NOT ILLINOIS MR. PRESIDENT? There is no better more closely aligned community or region than Rockford and northern Illinois to the needs and wants of a possible Manufacturing Institute.

The mission of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI) is to make the technical resources of The Ohio State University easily accessible to industry and to facilitate their use for economic development. OMI provides manufacturers the quickest and most cost effective mechanisms for Research, Development and Manufacturing Process Support. This is achieved by teaming industry needs with Ohio State University assets such as faculty expertise, student engagement, and access to university labs and test equipment.

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Brilliant Idea President Obama – Northern Illinois NEEDS a Manufacturing Institute

PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT – ROCKFORD ILLINOIS IS STRUGGLING BEYOND ANYONES WORST NIGHTMARE 30 YEARS AGO. We NEED AND WANT ONE OF THE THREE MANUFACTURING INNOVATION INSTITUTES your spoke mentioned during your SOTU.

The time has arrived when all the poor and downtrodden cities throughout the US of A to line up and try to convince our President just how bad, lousy, lowly, sad, blighted, uneducated, unemployed their city exists on a day to day basis.

Regardless of your criterion for being selected as a Manufacturing Innovation Institute we meet and or exceed all your possible criterion. In fact if you need a few more criterion that deliniates a downtrodden city Rockford could be a great resource.

Rockford Illinois is ALL IN Mr. President…. time to deal us in.

President Obama & Mark Rubio are Correct

As a high school teacher for the last 14 years in Rockford, Illinois I have come to realize that dreams of success that my students entertain do not depend on the their skin color, their gender, or their sexual orientation.

The school I teach is located in a city that in the last census stated that only 20% had a post high school education, and currently 85% of my students receive free or reduced lunches. Do they have a chance to be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Dr. Percy Juilian? I would say the deck is stacked sky high against them.

Here is what I learned last night during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

1. He feels business will be the economic savior of our union.
2. He has great expectations of young people in the United States.
3. He has become buddies with Tim Cook CEO of Apple.
4. Obama and Cook have negotiated Apple to start manufacturing some of its incredible products in the United States in 2013.
5. Obama has created an Manufacturing/Education facility in Ohio
6. Obama wants to create 3 more in the most heavily impacted cities in the United States.
7. Obama would like bigger business to make it less difficult for business to surivive and flourish.

Rubio essentially agrees with everything except #7. He wants smaller government and less regulations that will make it less difficult for business to succeed due to less paperwork.

Bottom line. Lets get over the political obstacles and get on to finding a middle ground. We need to spend less but also need to grow more. Neither party has said that “no” money can be spent. Regardless of one’s political opinion I don’t think anyone honestly feels that our country has a chance of success with out a combination of cuts and spending.