WEST LAFAYETTE – Two Biden Administration Cabinet members joined Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on a visit to West Lafayette Tuesday as part of a campaign to promote a manufacturing corridor near Purdue University.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo visited Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center to highlight the passage of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS Act).

Sen. Todd Young, Mitch Daniels join Biden officials

The visit also included Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) and Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, who welcomed the Biden officials inside and accompanied the pair on their tour through the facility. A limited number of media were privy to the visit.

“What we’ve seen this morning is to me an incredible source of optimism," Blinken said after the tour. "Optimism about the future of our country, optimism about the leadership of our country around the world on the most important technology that is going to power this century and beyond.”

The CHIPS and Science Act will provide around $52 billion worth of grants and other incentives for the semiconductor industry, as well as $200 billion for scientific research. The goal is to decrease dependency on other countries, including China, and make the United States a tech leader.

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