Air Force One landed in Pittsburgh around midnight Friday, depositing President Obama for a visit to Carnegie Mellon University, where he is to tout an administration effort to develop advanced manufacturing technology and get it into the factory. (Political message: Jobs!)
Obama is promising $500 million toward the program – most of which is proposed in the administration budget pending in Congress. The program will bring together universities, such as CMU, Cal-Berkeley and Michigan, and corporations, focusing on emerging nanotechnology, robotics and materials science, among other things.
“The idea here is we’re bringing together the key players in we’re bringing together all the key players in a collaborative partnership to identify these new technologies, invest in them, and drive American innovation,” said Ron Bloom, assistant to the president for manufacturing policy.
This is Obama's 13th visit to Pennsylvania of his presidency.