Vice President Kamala Harris joined state and local leaders at the Cincinnati Innovation District® (CID) Friday, the second-stop on a nationwide tour to promote a $1.8 trillion American Jobs Plan along with the “America Back on Track” transportation initiative.
Welcomed to the CID’s high-tech 1819 Innovation Hub by University of Cincinnati President Neville G. Pinto and CID Executive Director David J. Adams, the vice president toured the transformative research facility, the nerve center of the CID.
“We are excited that the White House selected the 1819 Innovation Hub within the Cincinnati Innovation District,” said Adams. “As the nation focuses on transforming our infrastructure, we must remember both physical and digital infrastructure are essential for today’s digital economy. Our capacity for research and development and, equally important, fueling the talent needs of employers, are critically important to maintaining our leadership position in the world.”
The vice president’s visit included a roundtable discussion centered around creating jobs, spurring economic development and fostering healthier communities through the administration’s investment in public transit and infrastructure. Among the attendees were Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and leaders fromCincinnati Metro, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio and the local transit union.
Following President Biden’s address to Congress and marking 100 days in office last week, the vice president is traveling the country to champion the administration’s agenda. Her stop at the Cincinnati Innovation District reinforces the administration’s commitment to innovation, education and job growth.
As a unique and thriving ecosystem, the CID, powered by the university, attracts, produces, retains and develops talent by co-locating and collaborating with organizations. The district’s mission is to become a globally recognized talent hub and lead a transformational movement. The combination of industry engagement, unique experiential platforms and accessible research expertise – working at the pace of change – will become a model nationwide.
Featured image at top: Vice President Kamala Harris sits in a roundtable discussion with local and state dignitaries about a new job growth and infrastructure plan. Photo/provided