Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Garamendi Promotes Technology Transfer from Public Research to Private Investment, Make It In America Policies at Livermore Events

May 23, 2012
Press Release

LIVERMORE, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), one of Congress’ leading proponents for Make It In America policies, today attended two events at Livermore’s i-GATE HUB (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence).

At the first event, Garamendi joined a roundtable discussion on the future of technology transfer based out of Livermore and supporting businesses throughout Northern California. At the second event, Garamendi joined Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of  Commerce Peter Perez for a discussion during World Trade Week on "Make It In America; Sell it to the World."

LivermoreTransportationMeeting1.jpg"We’re at the center of something big here. When they write the history on American manufacturing’s great rebound, the i-GATE facility will be a prominent part of the story," Congressman Garamendi said. "Collaboration between the national labs, government, universities, and the private sector means regional innovation, smart investments, and jobs, jobs, jobs."

i-GATE is a regional public-private partnership designed to support small businesses and maximize the economic potential of green transportation and clean-energy technologies. i-GATE programs provide collaboration opportunities, entrepreneurial education and assistance, an Academic Alliance, and a business incubator for the development of high-growth green businesses. i-GATE partnership enables the full spectrum of regional collaboration for "green" transportation and clean energy technologies.

"The mission of i-GATE is my mission in Congress," Garamendi said. "What we’re asking for is a very simple idea: let’s rebuild America’s manufacturing sector to create the good middle class jobs our nation needs. Let’s Make It In America."

Congressman Garamendi is the author of two Make It In America bills (H.R. 613 and H.R. 487), which would create good American jobs by setting stronger Buy America standards for goods and equipment purchased with federal dollars for public transportation and clean energy.