YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Monday, Senator Sherrod Brown visited the Valley to promote the future of manufacturing.
He stopped at a local STEM summer camp and also discussed the new infrastructure bill that remains bipartisan, saying he is hopeful.
The $579 billion deal focuses on improving the country’s roads, bridges and broadband — Brown believes many issues were revealed during the pandemic.
“It showed wealth inequality. It showed wages flat. It showed structural racism. It showed a lot that people have recognized better than they did, two years ago, we need to build a foundation to rebuild this country,” he said.
A second bill has also been proposed by Democrats that includes climate change, child care and health care.
Brown visited American Makes and the OH WOW! Science Center, where girls in grades five through eight are participating in a summer manufacturing camp this week.
Brown’s office started these camps all over the state in 2013. The goal is to eliminate the gender gap in the STEM field by sparking an interest in electronics and engineering.
All of the summer manufacturing camps give students a unique opportunity to learn about careers in their communities, tour local manufacturing facilities and hear directly from experts.
Brown said the Youngstown area has a lot to offer when it comes to manufacturing.
“I’m offended at the term ‘rust belt’ because I know the kind of skill, I mean, look at these fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth grade girls and the skills they are already developing here. They will turn into good jobs, people working with their hands and their brains,” he said.
Brown was happy to see the camps back in person this year.