Obama Visiting Schenectady Jan. 11

By The Business Review (Albany)

President Obama will visit Schenectady on Jan. 11, marking his second trip to the Capital Region since taking office.

The White House confirmed the visit on Thursday, but declined to provide more details.

Itâ¿¿s unclear what will be on Obamaâ¿¿s agenda, although a visit of some sort to a General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) facility is expected.

A prime choice would be GEâ¿¿s $100 million manufacturing plant for battery cells, to be housed in a renovated, 200,000-square-foot building. The plant, which was announced in mid-2009, is expected to create 350 jobs when it opens later this year.

⿿I would hope the president would be coming to see things that have been happening which highlight our progress in the area of green jobs,⿝ said Susan Savage, chairwoman of the county

⿿That would include the R&D center, GE renewable energy headquarters, and the battery plant that⿿s in progress. All three of those are examples of rebuilding a community,⿝ Savage said.

Dan Nelson, a spokesman for GE Energy, said he had no details about a potential presidential visit, and referred questions to the White House.

A call to GE Global Research in Niskayuna was not immediately returned.

Obama delivered a speech at Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy, in September 2009 in a visit to highlight the schoolâ¿¿s high-tech training programs.

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