Richard Hanna Visits BU, Talks Tech

By Adam Chick

January 8, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Recently re-elected US Congressman Richard Hanna visited Binghamton University Tuesday to meet with school president and tour the facility.

It was Representative Richard Hanna's first visit to Binghamton University. Hanna focused on how Binghamton is helping to boost the economy through their technology education, and on how technology is affecting the economy.

He met with BU President Dr. Harvey Stenger to discuss plans for the future, plans that include the University's planned high tech job incubator. Scheduled to be built at the intersection of Hawley and Carroll streets in Binghamton. The incubator will aim to spur job growth through technology development and manufacturing. Broome County Executive Debbie Preston has called the incubator the most exciting project in the county.

"The way we're going to save this country and rebuild the middle class is to build the things that the rest of the world wants. We've always done that and we need to do it again," said Hanna (R-NY).

Hanna was shown various new areas of BU including their new food center which should be operational at some point later this year. He says there are many ways to grow a community, and a school like Binghamton University does wonders for Broome County.

"Places like Binghamton allow us to be competitive internationally and put us back where we need to be, which is building those products and those ideas and creating those entrepreneurs that sell around the world," said Hanna.

Hanna went on to say that if the country doesn't focus on advancing science, technology and engineering, the middle class in this country will never be rebuilt.

The only way, Hanna said, that this will be possible is to start building the things that the rest of the world wants.

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