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capitalbuilding 120As the summer district work period comes to a close, Tom Reed took a moment to look back and highlight some of his efforts throughout the region. "We care about making sure the voices of the hardworking men and women are heard in Washington and that is why we have spent so much time listening to them," said Reed. "We have continued to stand up for these families and look to focus on ways to improve their quality of life right here at home."

Reed went on to note major economic improvements in the district including efforts to bring and keep for quality, family sustaining jobs in the region. "We recently saw the finalization of the Alstom/Amtrak deal, which is expected to bring over 400 direct jobs to the area. We also saw the road and bridge construction projects start as a direct result of the five year highway funding bill being signed into law."

He also highlighted his second annual manufacturing summit bringing manufacturers from across the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Buffalo and Northern Pennsylvania to Corning to focus on making it here, and selling it around the world once again. The summit provided networking opportunities, economic development information and policy discussions for manufacturers.

Over the work period, Reed dedicated a significant portion of his time to visiting community groups that work to end poverty, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Freedom School in Rochester, summer food programs sponsored by Feeding America and Head Start programs. "We care about those in poverty and want to see them reach their highest potential. Together we can develop a system that creates a hand up for those in need, putting on to the path of self sufficiency by standing with the American work ethic," said Reed.

Time was also spent listening to area groups, including veterans from across the region prior to his unveil of his Vision for Veterans.  The plan aims to implement needed reforms at the Veterans Administration, modernize access to care, protect military families and ease veterans back into civilian life with job training. "As the son of a career Army officer, we understand just how critical it is to protect those who have sacrificed so much for us," said Reed.

Reed also tackled the opioid abuse and heroin epidemic by holding roundtable discussions in Geneva, Elmira and Jamestown bringing together addiction treatment specialists, non-profits, members of the medical community, law enforcement, recovering addicts and parents of those who lost loved ones to this crisis. "Congress passed legislation to get the ball rolling on prevention and treatment options, but it's only a start. We have to hear about the gaps in policies and from the people on the front lines of this issue to make the right decisions about putting a stop to this scourge once and for all."

Finally, Reed's office celebrated its 10,000 resolved constituent assistance case earlier this summer. "Our office always stands ready to assist anyone in need. Whether it's an issue in the community or at larger or something that impacts you and your family personally, we want to hear from you," said Reed.

"In all, it was a productive summer. Now and in the future, it's only right that we continue to listen to the people of our region and keep their needs first," Reed concluded.

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