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      President Obama to visit upstate GE battery plant

      The White House says President Barack Obama will use next week's visit to the birthplace of General Electric to stress the need to invest in innovation and clean energy.

      The visit, Obama's third to upstate New York since May, will include a tour of GE's battery plant in Schenectady with chief executive Jeffrey Immelt.

      Schenectady is an ailing former industrial hub and one-time headquarters of GE, now based in Fairfield, Conn.

      The president was in the Buffalo area in May to promote his administration's efforts to shore up small business. He has also visited Troy and has been to the United States Military Academy at West Point twice.

      GE employed more than 40,000 people in Schenectady at its peak during World War II. There are only about 4,000 GE workers left in the city.

      Original story from Thursday:

      The White House says President Barack Obama will return to upstate New York next week.

      In a brief statement, the administration says the president will visit Schenectady, an ailing former industrial hub and one-time headquarters of General Electric.

      The president was last upstate in May when he visited the Buffalo area to promote his administration's efforts to shore up small business. He also has visited Troy and has been to the United States Military Academy at West Point twice.

      The administration didn't release details about Tuesday's trip to Schenectady, 10 miles west of Albany. The city of about 60,000 was the original headquarters for GE, which employed more than 40,000 people at its peak during World War II. There are only about 3,000 GE workers left in the city.

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