QUEENSBURY Local citizens and politicians will be welcoming U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to the area Monday afternoon, according to a memo released his weekend by Schumer's staff.
Schumer will be visiting the Tech Meadows Park at 3:30 p.m., and he'll be talking about efforts to establish a training center at the park for construction workers employed on jobs that require high-technology skills, the memo said.
A training center for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 773 labor union is scheduled to be built in Tech Meadows, and construction is expected to begin this spring.
In addition, Schumer is lobbying for a brownfields workers' training grant from the Environmental Protection Agency intended to prepare workers for hazardous materials handling, lead paint abatement and other specialized training.
“Schumer will personally advocate for this funding to ensure that workers have the skills they need to find jobs in some of the fastest-growing Capital Region economy job sectors,” Schumer's memo said.
At Monday's site tour, Schumer will be joined by Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond.
In Sept. 2010, Schumer, together with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, obtained a $765,336 federal Economic Development Administration grant to pay for water and sewer lines and other infrastructure at Tech Meadows.
At that time, Diamond predicted that the development of Tech Meadows would poise Glens Falls to take advantage of the industrial growth expected to stem from the operations of GlobalFoundries, a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Malta. Economic development leaders have predicted that many technology firms supplying Global Foundries or produce products or services related to their semiconductors will be seeking to relocate in the region. Politicians have said that Glens Falls is among the likely sites for such firms.
Tech Meadows is located off Luzerne Road west of Veterans Road and northeast of Northway Exit 18.
Diamond has said that Tech Meadows was ideal for medical device manufacturers, nano-technology and testing instrument firms, computer chip developers and software engineers
Schumer said that Global Foundries' construction work and General Electric's ongoing dredging project require hundreds of skilled workers, and Glens Falls is an appropriate site for their training.