Governor Cuomo today announced that $715.9 million has been awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative–where more than $14.8 million of that is directly granted to SUNY campuses in order to help advance New York’s economy through research and innovation.
A centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were put in place in 2011 to redesign the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach. The initiative empowers community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs and support economic growth.
$225 million State investment leverages $1.5 billion in private investments
Single greatest investment of Governor’s Buffalo Billion and one of the State’s most significant investments ever in Buffalo to create 850 permanent jobs and at least 500 construction jobs
Governor Cuomo last week announced that as part of his Buffalo Billion initiative, New York State will build a state-of-the-art anchor hub facility for high tech and green energy businesses at RiverBend in the City of Buffalo.
Two California-based companies at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, Soraa and Silevo, will collectively invest $1.5 billion into the project and relocate major parts of their operations to the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend from California, creating 850 permanent jobs and at least 500 construction jobs and attracting additional manufacturing companies to the site. RiverBend, formerly Republic Steel, is a 90-acre site that is ready for development.
The new solar energy system is just one part of a long-term plan to update and improve the arboretum grounds while educating the public about renewable energy technology. The 446-acre facility operated by the Agriculture Research Service in Washington, D.C., is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the USDA. This particular phase will supply power to the arboretum to offset electricity costs associated with the facility’s bonsai displays.
A 100 kilowatt wind turbine now decorates the Alfred skyline.
The newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus — a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.
“This community wind project is another example of sustainability at the college and highlights the progress of our Center for Renewable Energy,” says Craig Clark, interim vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State.
The wind project has been 14 months in the making — an initiative made possible through grants from both the Appalachian Regional Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which together provided more than 50 percent of the funding.
“The project will not only produce energy for the campus but also expose students to another wind turbine on campus,” Clark says. In fact, one of the project’s main goals is to establish a small wind laboratory for students within already existing programs, offering them even more hands-on experience with green technologies. “This knowledge will increase industry demand for these graduates,” he says.
People used to say American manufacturing is dead. Those people are awfully quiet these days. In fact, according to Business Insider, for the first time in decades, the trend of relocating manufacturing offshore is starting to reverse, and SUNY schools have been paying attention.
In an effort to prepare for an influx of manufacturing jobs requiring highly-skilled workers, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo gave one initiative, (dubbed Retooling the Southern Tier) a green light this past June, in the form of a $15 million grant. The proposal was a collaborative effort between Alfred State, Broome Community College, Corning Community College, and Jamestown Community College to create expanded training programs in manufacturing in the Southern Tier.
“Alfred State has a history of supporting and working collaboratively with our sister colleges,” says John Williams, Alfred State’s Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering. “As we reviewed the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, we saw a clear opportunity to capitalize on each institution’s strengths in manufacturing and create infrastructure that would support manufacturing. As a baccalaureate institution with our incredibly robust programs at the Wellsville campus, Alfred State was the natural leader for the grant.” Continue reading →