President Obama came to Pittsburgh on Friday to announce a new initiative to ramp up American manufacturing.
The President toured Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Institute before speaking to a small audience of invited guests about his vision for American manufacturing.
He announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. This new initiative will bring together the federal government, industries and universities, such as Carnegie Mellon, to invest in and increase the production of emerging technologies.
The president’s plan will invest more than 500 million dollars to build domestic manufacturing capabilities in national security industries, increase energy efficiency in manufacturing and ultimately keep jobs in those fields in the US.
"And the purpose of this partnership is to prove that the United States of America has your back, is going to be supporting you – because that’s the kind of adventurous, pioneering spirit that we need right now," he said.
His visit also attracted several protesters, curious onlookers and Obama fans. They congregated on sidewalks in Lawrenceville in hopes of a glimpse.
Listen to his speech here.