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News | Jan. 31, 2024

Governor Shapiro Visits Mill 19, Emphasizes Importance of Robotics

By ARM Institute

Ira Moskowitz, ARM Institute CEO, was honored to provide remarks and introduce Governor Shapiro. The press event  took place at our Mill 19 facility, which the ARM Institute shares with Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA.

On January 31, 2024, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Rick Siger, County Executive Sara Innamorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, Senator Jay Costa, Representative Aerion Abney, and more Pennsylvania leaders visited Mill 19, the ARM Institute’s shared Pittsburgh headquarters with Carnegie Mellon University, to highlight the importance of the robotics and manufacturing industries in the Governor’s new economic development strategy: Pennsylvania Gets It Done. Ira Moskowitz, ARM Institute CEO, had the honor of providing remarks ahead of Governor Shapiro’s address and introduced the Governor. You can watch the recorded livestream of the event here. 

The ARM Institute’s Mill 19 headquarters, which is shared with Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Institute (MFI), made for the perfect location for the historic announcement. Situated within the skeleton of a former steel mill, the work being done in Mill 19, such as the ARM Institute’s Robotics Manufacturing Hub and planned new Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, is building a brighter future for U.S. manufacturing through robotics and enabling collaboration between diverse groups.

“As the nation’s only advanced manufacturing institute headquartered in Pennsylvania, the ARM Institute is honored to work with Governor Shapiro and his administration to support and implement the new Pennsylvania Economic Development Strategy”, said Ira Moskowitz, ARM Institute CEO. “Pennsylvania’s manufacturing ecosystem is critical to our economy and the nation. Helping our manufacturers and their workers gain the knowledge and skills to implement robotics and AI will ultimately lead to increased job opportunities and factory output.”

“Pennsylvania is moving at the speed of business, and innovation in business is key to our economic growth. That’s why one prime focus of our economic development strategy is the robotics and advanced manufacturing technology sector that’s growing here in the southwest and all across our Commonwealth,” said Governor Shapiro. “We intend to work with every key sector and every community to grow economic opportunity, create good jobs and a better quality of life for everyone, because when we work together, Pennsylvania Gets It Done.”

“To compete in today’s global marketplace, it’s essential that we amplify our investment in high-growth, high-value sectors where we have a deep competitive advantage and can expect significant growth potential,” said Secretary Siger. “Our efforts in these sectors must deliberately focus not just on our urban centers, but on expanding the economic benefits of innovation to communities across Pennsylvania.  We are working hard to support vibrant communities for both residents and businesses, and to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has a real opportunity for a good paying, family sustaining career.”

Ira shakes hands with Governor Shapiro

The Shapiro Administration’s ten-year economic development strategy centers upon five goals:

  • Invest in PA’s economic growth to compete and prioritize economic development investments that result in real opportunities for our businesses, communities, and residents.
  • Continue to make government work at the speed of business, and ensure all companies find an attractive business environment where they can innovate and thrive.
  • Open doors of opportunity for all Pennsylvanians and enable every Pennsylvanian to secure a family-sustaining job and have a meaningful career.
  • Innovate to win, because innovators become entrepreneurs and new discoveries enable our people and companies to succeed.
  • Build vibrant and resilient regions, where every community flourishes and provides for the needs of all residents and businesses.

The ARM Institute was honored to help host this important event for the state of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, the ARM Institute has catalyzed key innovations in robotics, AI, and workforce development to strengthen U.S. manufacturing in collaboration with the Institute’s 400+ member organizations. By bridging the gaps between industry, government, and academia, the ARM Institute is working to ensure both a resilient manufacturing industry and equitable opportunities for the U.S. workforce.