It’s pretty exciting to hear that someone of importance is heading to the area. But when it’s the President of the United States, the tune of the whole region changes. Today around noon, President Barack Obama will be landing at Albany International Airport and heading out to Schenectady to tour GE to announce the plans of a restructured presidential advisory board and a new deal GE has stuck with India.
The last time the president visited the region, he actually went to my college in my home town to deliver a speech on cutting edge education being taught in the Capital Region, particularly Hudson Valley Community College, in September of 2009. I had decided to cut classes that day to avoid chaos at school and watch the coverage on TV. To be honest, I couldn’t have been more proud to have the leader of my country in my own backyard.
This time around the president is going to another one of the Tri-Cities to showcase some economic success. President Obama has recently named GE CEO·Jeffrey Immel as the head of the newly redesigned·Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Schenectady is the birth place of GE and is the location of the biggest power plant.
Normally I never write posts like this but looking at what the president wants to showcase in my home region, the Capital Region of New York State, this definitely deserves some recognition.