Governor Cuomo Visits SUNY IT on REDC Tour
On November 28, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo reviewed plans for the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) during a campus visit to SUNYIT. The visit was planned in conjunction with the Governor’s statewide Regional Economic Development Council Progress Tour.
To meet with the governor were SUNYIT President and MVREDC Co-chair Wolf Yeigh and Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and CEO of UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE)—the three showcasing cooperation occurring and necessary for this New York State region to remain, as Cuomo says, “…an internationally known site.”
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The Governor was briefed on the construction timeline and scope of the project and viewed the construction site near Kunsela Hall after greeting elected officials and representatives of nfrastructure and Valutek—the Quad-C’s announced tenants—and others involved in the project.
“The Regional Council is extremely proud of the progress that has been made over the past year to create jobs and grow the Mohawk Valley’s regional economy,” said Yeigh. “Governor Cuomo’s vision for economic development provided us with the tools to attract new businesses, grow existing industries and transform our communities. The MVREDC has worked tirelessly to implement our strategic plan in order to build a stronger regional economy that will help drive New York State forward.”
The Quad-C, part of an inter-regional nanotechnology partnership between SUNYIT and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, will bring leading researchers and industry partners in nanotechnology onto the SUNYIT campus. The building complex will be centered around a state-of-the-art clean room for nanotechnology research. The remainder of the building will house office, research, collaboration and support facilities for a myriad of corporate and research partners.
The project will support nearly 300 full-time jobs.
This is the seventh visit in the Governor’s REDC Progress Tour that is part of a review of last year’s strategic economic development plans and job-creating projects.
Governor Cuomo has repeatedly announced SUNY as an economic driver in New York State; the State’s REDC’s continue to make a substantial impact in communities throughout the State through advanced manufacturing, biomedical engineering investment, and business incubators—most associated with SUNY campuses in each region.
Photos & video source: SUNYIT, UAlbany’s CNSE