Valley lawmakers have plan to make Valley electric vehicle hub
One state lawmaker believes that the Valley is on the brink of great things as a hub for electric vehicle production.
State Senator Sean O'Brien outlined some specific goals for 2020 that will be critical in the Valley to become the potential hub for electric vehicles.
O'Brien believes that relationships are the bricks in the Valley's foundation for a brighter future.
"We have the research and development that's there with partnering with YSU and Eastern Gateway Community College. People can train to go in to work there. YSU is doing the research, and we have the necessary elements to make this work," said O'Brien.
That partnership includes Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns - whose company has secured financing from GM to acquire the Lordstown plant. GM has also hatched a plan to bring one of the world's biggest electric vehicle battery plants to the area.
O'Brien and fellow State Senator Mike Rulli and Burns will be learning from other examples throughout the process.
They are all going to Tennessee to see how Volkswagon put together their University partnership to make vehicles. O'Brien told 21 News that the Tennessee trip is stage one.
Stage two is working with Bright in Downtown Warren to bring in the battery testers.
The group has also been in talks bout going to Japan in January to see some of the facilities to bring that technology back to the Valley.
O'Brien said that the Valley would have to make the companies feel at home both culturally and otherwise, but sees the endeavor as worthy to securing generations of prosperity for the area.