- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s two largest universities are involved in two Pentagon-led institutes to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing announced by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

A center in Chicago will concentrate on high-tech digital manufacturing and design, with manufacturing partners and research sites across the country, including one at the University of Louisville.

The University of Kentucky in Lexington is one of nine universities joining with companies and organizations for a hub outside Detroit specializing in light metal manufacturing.

U of L said being chosen is expected to help its efforts to build an applied science and engineering park on a 39-acre site south of the Belknap Campus as well as help Kentucky manufacturers compete, provide opportunities for students and create jobs.

UK Engineering Dean John Walz says participation will benefit UK as well as the partnership and the state.

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