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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.

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.

Lower Class or Middle Class should NOT Equal Poverty Existance & Crime

In the city of Rockford, IL., during the last census I discovered with great disapointment but not surprised that only 20% of the adult populuation of 160,000 had a post high school education. Sadly that calculated number is a miserale 32,000 people probably live a day to day existance above economic poverty level.

Currently at the high school I teach the “free or reduced” lunch rate (those that are considered poverty) is 85% which closely equates to the post high school education census rate for the population of Rockford, Illinois. While this may not be a scientific connection, it appears as though there is a strong connection.

Murders, Parking Lot Muggings, Home Break-ins, Burglaries, Purse Snatching and other violent and non violent crimes are on the increase in alarming proportions. I would argue that Rockford, Illinois is not unlike many cities in the United States.

I am asking The President of the United States to use his full Presidential influence and power to propose and champion a legislative initiative. This bill is entitled Jobs and Education for Americas’ Youth that would begin to provide a comprehensive solution for the raging fire that would act as not only a solution to reduce gun violence and other violence in our American cities, but provide to several generations with a renewed dignity of life that many Americans have long searched.

The Jobs and Education for Americas’ Youth legislative bill does and will provide a palatable framework for a public – private partnership that will inspire and motivate via financial incentives the return of manufacturing jobs to the USA.

Dear Mr. President & Tim Cook “I call both of you out”

Let me start by congratulating you on your second term as President of the United States.

As a high school teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford, Illinois I teach business, entrepreneurship, accounting, and on a daily basis “life” to a student population that reflects 85% free and/or reduced lunches with only 20% of the city population having a post high school education.

Rockford, Illinois is a very proud but suffering city in nortern Illinois. Historically, Rockford has made its economic mistakes much like most U.S. cities. That being said, let me say that the population that makes up Rockford, Illinois has historically be a very proud population. Sadly, the economic base in this once proud city has melted much like the last snow fall of the winter season.

During your State of Union message tonight please be aware that while you have accomplished a great deal in your first term, there are a great deal more that you need and must accomplish. It’s my understanding that your beautiful wife will be seated next to Mr. Tim Cook the CEO of Apple. As the leader of the free world it is a good thing to connect your influence with the leader and poster child for the Free Enterprise System.

While I admire both of you a great deal, it is also very alarming Tim Cooks recent interview with 60 Minutes regarding Apples opinion of US workers. While I may not agree with his entire representation, some however is painfully true. That being said, “We” as proud Americans “CAN NOT” accept that U.S. employees are second rate or unwilling to be productive in the world economic marketplace.

As a closet fan of old westerns I am forced at this time to “Call both you Mr. President and Tim Cook out” in regards to jobs, education, living wage jobs, and dignity for those that are proud and willing, but lack struggle in todays college workforce. I have a legislative bill named and Education for Americas’ Youth that will provide jobs, jobs, jobs, and education, education, education for 1,000,000 proud Americans.