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The Capital Region debut and screening of American Made Movie, a new documentary, will take place at the Proctors GE Theatre on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow, led by local, statewide, and national leaders including U.S. Representative Paul Tonko.

The movie takes a close look at the decades-long decline of American manufacturing employment, which has unleashed a devastating effect on local and national economies. The critically acclaimed movie highlights how individuals and corporations are making a difference by doing their part in their local communities.

According to event organizer Chad Putman, American Made Movie is "A ground-breaking film that examines the decline of manufacturing in America and the opportunity at hand to reverse that trend by looking at the role everyone plays in our local and global economy. If you're interested in job creation, innovation, and economic development in Schenectady County and beyond, you won't want to miss this event. This is not just a movie screening, but an event."

The City of Schenectady in conjunction with area organizations will be hosting this community event. The screening of American Made Movie will be followed by a panel discussion with public and private local economic developers and planners. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jack Aernecke, former anchor and business-tech reporter at WRGB-TV 6 and will offer an opportunity for attendees to propose questions related to the state of manufacturing in Schenectady and beyond.

A pre-event gathering will allow for network opportunities with local manufacturers, small business owners, and event supporters, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the GE Theatre.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Schenectady based YouthBuild program by providing a onetime scholarship for a program participant that plans on attending and enrolling in a Manufacturing Technology program at Schenectady County Community College.

For more information contact Chad Putman at 518 225-0957 or chadputman1@yahoo.com

Dave Balog writes on family financial issues. dbalog99@gmail.com 355-0967.

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