The growth and jobs potential of the state’s high-tech manufacturing industries have local congressional leaders proposing programs to help the sector flourish.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, touted their proposal for a “Made in America” competitive grant program Friday at Hypres, a digital superconductor chip company in Elmsford that develops technology for mobile broadband, medical imaging and high-performance computing. The legislators said that the grant program would help retool struggling manufacturers produce high-tech products.

“The number one issue on everyone’s mind is the economy and what can we do to help businesses exactly like this create jobs,” Gillibrand said at Hypres. “There’s an enormous economic anxiety about what’s happening in New York.”

The Made in America program, which Gillibrand wants to include as an amendment to President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act, would target medium and small manufacturers in communities with high unemployment.