February 28, 2014
New York Lt. Gov. Duffy Announces Nano Utica Construction Ahead Of Schedule
By: Lucas Willard
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The Cuomo Administration has announced a construction milestone at the so-called Nano Utica initiative.
Thursday, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy visited the SUNY
Institute of Technology in Utica to announce that construction is ahead
of schedule on the Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Also known as
Quad-C, the $125 million project is part of the Cuomo Administration’s
Nano Utica initiative, led by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering in Albany and SUNY IT.
The Administration estimates
that Quad-C will support 1,500 high-tech jobs and will establish
cutting-edge academic programs and workforce training opportunities.
Lt. Gov. Duffy said Quad-C will help put New York on the map in the high-tech industry.
tell you right here on the SUNY IT campus, there is no doubt there will
be some of the things we’ll use in the future – these great
technologies with computer chips and the whole nanoscience – there will
be a lot of changes across the globe and across the country that will
probably eminate from this campus and this building,” said Duffy. “So
there is a lot more to it than just a building and jobs, it really is
the future of this whole enterprise.”
As part of the Nano Utica
initiative, six global nanotech companies will invest in $1.5 billion
into the Quad-C research facility, including IBM, LAM Research, and
SUNY IT Acting President Robert Geer praised the private-public partnership model on display in Nano Utica.
is about opportunity. It’s about realizing Governor Cuomo’s vision for
revitalizing the area. Really giving New Yorkers, especially young New
Yorkers, key advantages in launching their high tech careers,” said
Geer. “And I certainly want to say that thanks to the governor’s
leadership, thanks to this I think this brilliant private-public
partnership model which is spreading across New York, this is what’s
leading to these opportunities.”
Oneida County Executive Anthony
Picente joined the other officials at the conference in extending a
“thank you” to CSNE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros,
on his work with developing Nano Utica, and the partnership between CSNE
and economic development agency Mowhawk Valley Edge to develop the
nearby 420-acre Marcy Nanocenter, to provide a home for computer chip
“He has really brought forth this area now, as we
move forward with Nano Utica, and what we hope to achieve very soon
across the road at Marcy. It is because of his vision and pretty soon,
hopefully, we can hang that CSNE flag outside this building,” said
Officials hope the investments will spur economic growth
across the region, transforming the Mohawk Valley into a worldwide hub
of tech innovation.
Currently, semiconductor manufacturer
GlobalFoundries is constructing a new $2.3 billion Technology
Development Center on its campus in Malta. The company, which employs
about 2,200 last Fall received OK’s from local municipalities to
construct a second chip-fab plant.