Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Visits MNY To Promote Manufacturing Legislation
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is coming to Brooklyn today, August 9th, to tour Manufacture New York, a woman-owned fashion design and production incubator for independent designers, and to announce her bipartisan Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act legislation.
The proposed measure would help grow the apparel, textile, and wearable tech manufacturing industry in Brooklyn by creating a permanent program that designates local regions as “Manufacturing Communities,” which would put them in the front of the line to receive federal economic development funding specifically for the purpose of investing in manufacturing.
The manufacturing sector in New York City has stabilized and is beginning to grow again after a decade of decline, according to the Center for an Urban Future. However, the number of apparel manufacturing jobs in New York City declined from 57,178 jobs in 2000 to 15,657 jobs in 2014.
Gillibrand’s bill would help create apparel and textile manufacturing jobs in Brooklyn by creating a permanent program to competitively award regions with the “Manufacturing Community” designation.
This designation would give these communities preferred consideration when applying for up to $1.3 billion in currently available federal economic development funding for manufacturing.