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4/6/2014 9:26:23 AM

Utica Observer-Dispatch: GUEST VIEW: Nano engines are up and running in the Mohawk Valley

Utica Observer-Dispatch

By ALAIN KALOYEROS

The economic engines in New York state are humming. In Oneida County, the once powerful industrial sector that defined the region is being reinvigorated with nanotechnology, fueled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $1.5 billion Nano Utica initiative.

With the $180 million investment in the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT that Cuomo has made through the 2014-15 state budget, New York is strategically transitioning the state’s economy from relying on industries of the past to the emerging technologies of the future.

Utica has always been on the leading edge of history, with an industrial past that includes textile, then tool and die, and then a transition to radio manufacturing.

The 21st Century move toward the innovation economy will establish Utica as a leader in New York’s burgeoning high tech corridor.

The Nano Utica initiative is built on the same model that has delivered tremendous success in Albany at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Rooted in an educational institution, and built on an open innovation platform, partnerships between the state, academia, and global technology companies have generated thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in private investment.

The innovation portion of the CNSE model is not the only measure of success that upstate New York is experiencing. Gov. Cuomo understands that to maintain an innovation-driven economy, the state must prepare today’s students to enter such a workforce and continue driving the industry forward.

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