Detroit and Chicago will soon be the headquarters for new advanced manufacturing programs to be announced Tuesday afternoon by President Obama. In Detroit, he's creating a group of businesses and universities to focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, while the same type of consortium in Chicago will focus on digital manufacturing and design technologies. The White House is funneling $140 million in federal funds to the project, matched by the same amount from non-federal sources. Obama says the partnership with the private sector will boost advanced manufacturing, strengthen defense capabilities and attract the high-quality jobs required by a growing middle class. According to the White House, 80,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in the last four months, and 622,000 have been added since the start of 2010.
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