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4/5/2014 9:02:34 AM

Utica Observer-Dispatch: OUR VIEW: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Utica Observer-Dispatch

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Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said it best: “There were skeptics who said, ‘Where’s the money?’ It’s in the budget and there it is. It solidifies the investment and reinforces everything that’s being done.”

Picente was referring to the $180 million line item in the state budget for the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT — funding for Quad-C, one huge piece in the nanotechnology effort that naysayers said would never happen. In addition, there is $1 million in the budget for the NUAIR drone testing initiative and $500,000 for new SUNYIT faculty and staff.

The development of nanotechnology here is very, very real, and the merger of SUNYIT and Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will make Utica a key stop on the nanotechnology highway. The first class of incoming freshmen at SUNY Institute of Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology will enter in fall 2015 — many of them likely to be sons and daughters of the Mohawk Valley who can now forge a future here.

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