Uber and University of Arizona Economic Development Partnership on Mapping Test Vehicles

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey joined Uber executives and University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart at the College of Optical Sciences to announce an economic development partnership between Uber and UA.

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As part of the partnership, which focuses on research and development in the optics space for mapping and safety, Tucson and UA will be the next home of the Uber mapping test vehicles project. Uber mapping test vehicles are already on the streets in Pittsburgh, PA in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.

Uber is also investing in Arizona’s technology ecosystem with a $25,000 donation to the College of Optical Sciences to support the next generation of optical scientists and engineers continue to explore and develop new and innovative technologies.

Announcing the Uber-University of Arizona economic development partnership, Gov. Ducey said in a release that this is a great day for Uber, for the UA and for the future of innovation in Arizona.

“All Arizonans stand to benefit from embracing new technologies – especially when it means new jobs, new economic development, new research opportunities and increased public safety and transportation options for our state,” added Gov. Ducey.

University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart said in the release that UA’s achievements in advanced optics and imaging technologies in particular will help Uber on the ground in Arizona, and added that UA’s global research leadership allows them to join in a collaborative effort that will have great benefit for the state.

Brian McClendon, vice president of advanced technologies for Uber, said in the release that “It’s clear that Arizona welcomes innovation, and we applaud Governor Ducey and the University of Arizona for their eagerness to embrace new technology.”

In conjunction with the Uber-UA announcement, Gov. Ducey also signed an Executive Order supporting the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles in Arizona.

These announcements follow other Uber and tech-friendly policy decisions made by Arizona that have also led to Uber favoring the state for economic development projects. For instance, the passage of ridesharing regulations by Arizona overturned the ban on the company’s operations in the state, and this was quickly followed by the opening of the Uber Center of Excellence in Phoenix with nearly 300 new jobs.

In a blog post announcing the economic development partnership with UA, the company said that Arizona has been a great home for Uber. They add that it’s clear that Arizona is pro-technology and welcomes innovation, and that’s why they are proud to announce that they are investing further in the technology ecosystem in Arizona.

Oshkosh Defense Brings $6.7B JLTV Vehicle Manufacturing Contract To Wisconsin

The Department of Defense has awarded a $6.7 billion contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense, LLC.

Oshkosh Defense JLTV

Oshkosh Defense JLTV (press photo – oshkoshdefense.com)

The company will produce the 17,000 vehicles they are initially required to provide the Army and Marines under the contract at their Oshkosh, WI production facility.

All told, the Department of Defense plans to purchase 55,000 JLTVs by 2040 to replace Humvees. That decision, which will be made a few years down the line, will increase Oshkosh Defense’s contract to $30 billion.

Even this initial requirement of 17,000 JLTVs, with the company producing about 3,000 JLTVs annually, is a major Oshkosh economic development project. The infusion of federal funding and the company’s ramp up of production will transform the city and the Oshkosh region into an automotive industry hub that will create thousands of jobs and support automotive suppliers and other businesses in the region.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC is a part of the Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK). The company designs, manufactures and sells a broad range of access equipment and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies for commercial, fire and emergency, and military use.

Oshkosh Corporation CEO Charles L. Szews said in a release that “Oshkosh is honored to be selected for the JLTV production contract, which builds upon our 90-year history of producing tactical wheeled vehicles for U.S. military operations at home and abroad.”

Following the DoD announcement that Oshkosh Defense will build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, U.S. Senator for Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin issued a statement saying that “I am proud of everyone at Oshkosh Defense for putting together this winning bid that will ensure our troops continue to operate Made in Wisconsin equipment.”

Oshkosh’s competition included bids from Lockheed Martin and AM General. The latter would have brought JLTV production to Indiana. Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the State of Arkansas, had made a bid to bring JLTV production to its manufacturing facility in Camden, AR. The State had approved legislation authorizing $87 million in economic development bond funding to support the project.

Following the DoD’s selection of Oshkosh Defense, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a release that “the state of Arkansas did the right thing by supporting Lockheed Martin to make sure they were competitive.”

Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston added that while the JLTV will not be manufactured in Arkansas, their participation in this project will ultimately benefit southern Arkansas.

Preston added that Lockheed Martin has added some of the most advanced technology in manufacturing at their Camden facility, and said he has no doubt that this, combined with the area’s workforce, will bring growth opportunities to the company in the near future.

Neither the City of Oshkosh nor the State of Wisconsin has as yet announced economic development incentives to support Oshkosh Defense’s bid to bring JLTV production to Wisconsin.

The Sustainability Project at Miami International Airport to Save $40M, Create 300 Jobs

FPL Services and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department will today officially unveil The Sustainability Project at Miami International Airport. This project is one of the largest energy performance contracts ever undertaken in Florida.

Miami-Dade economic development benefits from the project include the creation of 300 jobs for the community during the installation phase, with more to come as the project continues.

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It will also reduce MIA’s carbon footprint and produce more than $40 million in energy and water conservation savings over the next 14 years through energy-efficient lighting, water conservation retrofits, air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, and other innovative solutions to optimize energy management.

FPL Services is guaranteeing electricity and water consumption savings at MIA of more than $2.2 million annually, in addition to savings in maintenance costs. The $32 million project is funded by third-party financing, and will be completely offset with budgetary savings.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a release that “Our continued dedication in making MIA one of the leading green airports in the nation by reducing our greenhouse gases and carbon footprint is also very good news for our community, our environment and our economy.”

Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez noted that the $40 million in savings will help them to better manage operating costs, savings which he said will be passed on to current and prospective airlines, which in turn supports traffic growth.

A website has been established at www.MIAefficiency.com detailing MIA and FPL’s multi-phase progress over the years through previous projects in energy and lighting efficiency, water conservation, community impact, and the goals of The Sustainability Project.

The reduction in carbon emissions generated by The Sustainability Project will be the equivalent of the annual carbon emissions of 5,110 automobiles and 28 million gallons of water (43 Olympic-size swimming pools).

The airport will save 17 million kilowatts of energy each year, including by eliminating 400 types of lighting fixtures and replacing more than 65,000 light bulbs with new energy efficient ones.

FPL Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), which in turn is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, FL-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). FPL is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, with about 8,900 employees and approximately 4.7 million customer accounts in Florida.

Miami International Airport is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers and the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA and its general aviation airports are also leading drivers for Miami-Dade County and Florida economic development, generating $33.7 billion in annual business revenue and serving as the gateway into the Sunshine State for 70 percent of all international visitors.

US Economic Development Administration Grant to Support Murray County, GA Flooring Cluster

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded an $816,637 grant to Murray County, GA to support the region’s flooring industry, which is a major cluster for northwest Georgia.

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The EDA investment will help fund the construction of wastewater infrastructure to connect a large flooring manufacturer to the existing sewer collection system in the City of Chatsworth, GA.

According to grantee estimates provided to the EDA, this Murray County economic development project will create 600 jobs and generate $100 million in private investment.

The wastewater infrastructure investment to support this project will also allow the system to be expanded to serve future demand. Moreover, the company benefiting from the project employs a process that uses less energy, oil, and water, and this is expected to bolster conservation in the region.

In a release announcing the Murray County grant, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams said that “Infrastructure provides critical support that enables businesses to operate, grow, and create jobs.” Assistant Secretary Williams added that this EDA investment provides vital upgrades to a local business that is integral to the regional cluster and economy.

The part of northwest Georgia between Calhoun, GA and Chattanooga, TN is the traditional home of the carpet industry. Carpet companies operating in Georgia supply over 90 percent of the U.S. carpet market, and 54 percent of U.S. carpet exports.

Engineered Floors, LLC, founded by Robert E. Shaw in 2009, is one of the driving forces behind the resurgence of the carpet industry in this region. Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) had announced a couple of years ago that the Dalton, GA- based carpet maker will invest $450 million to construct new manufacturing facilities in Whitfield and Murray counties.

At that time, Brittany D. Pittman, sole commissioner of Murray County, said in a release that the company’s decision to continue to invest in Murray County is the result of ongoing relationships and much-appreciated assistance and cooperation from several community leaders and the Murray County Industrial Development Authority.

Engineered Floors is now in the final stages of its site selection process for the Murray County facility. The company has already completed the construction on its second manufacturing plant in Dalton. It now has two plants in Dalton and one in Calhoun, adding up to a total manufacturing capacity of 2.25 million square feet.

Northwest Georgia, where Engineered Floors has around 2,000 employees, is also home to the company’s corporate headquarters, distribution center and a tufting operation.

SBA Awards $17.4M in STEP Grants to Boost Small Business Exports

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program grants totaling $17.4 million to 40 states and territories to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses.


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This is the fourth round of funding awarded by the SBA under the STEP program authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The program was funded at $30 million per year for the first two years, followed by $8 million for the third year, and $17.4 million this year.

The Federal government typically provides 75 percent of the funding required for the total project, and states provide 25 percent. STEP grants are designed to support activities and programs by states and territories aimed at increasing both the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for small businesses currently exporting to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses.

This includes support for participation in foreign trade missions and market sales trips, subscription to services provided by the Department of Commerce, design of international marketing products and campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training, and other efforts aligned with STE Program goals.

For example, one of the award recipients this year is the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which has been awarded $300,000 to continue ongoing initiatives in China and Poland. Supported by the new STEP grant funding, GOED’s International Division plans to sub-fund grants to assist companies with trade mission travel costs related to their participation in state-led trade missions to Poland and China’s Jiangsu Province next year.

Kris Sanchez, director of International Trade for the Nevada GOED, said in a release that “With a targeted focus from GOED of increasing the number of Nevada businesses that export as well as increasing the value of those exports, the STEP grant allocation will make a huge difference in financially assisting our agency’s work in China and Poland on behalf of Nevada’s business community.”

The West Virginia Development Office has likewise been awarded a $200,000 STEP grant to support its First STEP-Next STEP program that provides additional assistance to West Virginia small businesses that export goods to international markets.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in a release that “It is my hope this grant program will not only support our state’s current exporters, but also those interested in entering the export market for the first time.”

The North Dakota Trade Office, which has been awarded a $287,694 STEP grant, will use the funds to help eligible small businesses participate in international trade and gain access to Big Iron’s International Visitor Program, ExporTech training and market research.

U.S. Senator for North Dakota John Hoeven, who was instrumental in starting the North Dakota Trade Office in 2005 during his term as governor, said in a release that “STEP funds will help North Dakota small businesses continue to be leaders in export and economic growth.”

SBA STEP grants

SBA STEP grants (source – sba.gov)

Austin Gears Up To Fill [re]Manufacturing Hub With Recycling and Reuse Industry Tenants

The City of Austin is now accepting letters of interest from potential recycling and reuse industry tenants who may be interested in locating at the city’s new [[e]Manufacturing Hub.

Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub

Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub (photo – austintexas.gov)

[re]Manufacturing Hub is an eco-park on redeveloped land owned by city agency Austin Resource Recovery. The industrial park is expected to become a home for the local circular economy which will attract, retain and grow zero waste businesses.

The Hub is one of the core components of the Austin Recycling Economic Development Program, an effort to drive local recycling markets and create green jobs. This program is in turn a joint project undertaken by the Austin Economic Development Department and Austin Resource Recovery.

The [re]Manufacturing Hub project is expected to be an economic driver for new jobs and investments throughout the Central Texas region. The idea is that the co-location of multiple firms within the recycling and reuse industry at the Hub will create opportunities for synergistic buyer and supplier relationships. The project will also incorporate sustainable design principles, green infrastructure and upcycled signage.

Bob Gedert, director of Austin Resource Recovery, said in a release that the companies that locate at the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub will become part of a growing zero waste ecosystem in Central Texas.

Last year in July, the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to fund water and sewer infrastructure improvements. The investments by the City and the federal grant are expected to be able to leverage $30 million in private sector development, and lead to the creation of up to 1,250 jobs in green industries. These will be jobs paying wages at or above Austin’s living wage.

Basic infrastructure construction at the Hub is expected to begin next summer, and the first phase of the industrial park is scheduled to be tenant-ready in early-mid 2017.

Ten acres of the Hub will be offered for sale through a public auction process, and the remaining 95 acres will be offered for lease. Land will be developed in two phases with 10 potential leasable areas for firms in the recycling and reuse supply chain.

Kevin Johns, director of the Austin Economic Development Department, said in the release that tomorrow’s economy will be founded on more efficient and sustainable use of our resources. That’s why, said Johns, they have joined forces with Austin Resource Recovery to bring about this innovative project and support manufacturers that reuse, repurpose, or recycle.

“I invite all businesses in this sector to consider calling the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub home,” added Johns.

Those interested should submit their Letters of interest to the City of Austin by Oct 19. In addition to primary manufacturing tenants, the City is interested in hearing from recycling research and development facilities, incubators, spec builders and smaller firms interested in subleasing space.

Potential tenants can find the letter of interest form and other details about [re]Manufacturing Hub here.

DHL Celebrates Economic Development Impact of Americas Hub at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and other state and local officials joined DHL Express company executives at its Americas hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to celebrate the company’s growth at CVG.

DHL CVG construction

DHL CVG construction – (press photo – dhl.com)

DHL established its principal Americas air hub at CVG in 2009, and has since become a major driver of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati economic development.

DHL has invested $281 million in its Americas hub through eight expansions since 2009, and now has 2,400 employees in northern Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear said in a release that “I’m honored to celebrate the accomplishments of DHL Express since opening its U.S. air hub in 2009.” The Governor added that DHL’s operations are a key piece of Kentucky’s logistics advantage that allows companies of all sizes to easily grow and expand domestically and internationally.

The DHL Express global hub at CVG, along with the company’s other global hubs in Hong Kong and Leipzig, Germany, connects customers from more than 220 countries and territories worldwide to every corner of the United States, handling more than 50 million international shipments annually.

Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, said in the release that their partnership with DHL is one of the important relationships they have at the airport. McGraw added that the additional cargo traffic generated by DHL allows CVG to keep costs low and stable, and DHL’s success brings more jobs to the region and increases the overall positive economic impact.

DHL started with a $19 million investment in July 2009 to refurbish the CVG hub and relocate operations, and its latest $108 million expansion is still ongoing. This new expansion project includes the creation of 40 new jobs and an increase in the number of aircraft gates and more sorting and aviation equipment.

Stephen Fenwick, CEO, Americas, DHL Express, said in the release that this latest $108 million investment is a clear sign of their commitment to the Americas, of their expectations for strong growth and of their dedication to the regional northern Kentucky and Cincinnati economy.

DHL also said that it plans to add 200 additional jobs in the near term. These will be both part-time and full-time jobs to meet the expected surge in year-end volume. DHL is part of Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, which has been working closely with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s European Representative Office in Hamburg, Germany.

To encourage the company’s investment and job growth in Northern Kentucky, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has approved DHL for tax credits through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA) and the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) program.

Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, who also chairs the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED), said in the release that the entire Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is benefiting from DHL’s success and growth at CVG.

Moore added that the recent $108 million announcement is truly fantastic and will continue DHL’s ability to assist northern Kentucky to attract new employers and jobs to the region.

Salt Lake City Economic Development Gets Federal Boost From PSC Operations Center

The Program Support Center (PSC), a federal agency that is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is opening a satellite office in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.


Program Support Center (photo – psc.gov)

The PSC office in the former Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse will begin operations next month. Salt Lake City economic development benefits from the project include more than 100 new high-wage federal jobs that PSC plans to bring to the city over the next year.

The PSC job opportunities in Salt Lake City, some of which have a salary range of more than $150,000 per year, are posted on usajobs.gov. The positions available at the PSC office in Salt Lake City are for a wide variety of professionals who will be providing support services to agencies across the federal government.

In a release explaining the choice of Salt Lake City for the new PSC satellite office location, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Support Paul S. Bartley said that “When choosing the location for our soon-to-be-opening satellite office, we worked closely with the General Services Administration (GSA) and recognized that Salt Lake City is a dynamic and growing city, in a region with much to offer and a low cost of living.”

Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), noted that years ago, a federal operation like this might have picked a larger metro area in California or Colorado. Hale added that it’s wonderful to see more and more businesses, and government entities, understand the value of locating in Utah.

The Program Support Center, established 20 years ago, is the largest multi-function shared service provider to the Federal government, and provides over 40 services to HHS and other Federal agencies. Services offered by PSC are organized into five Portfolios – administrative operations, financial management, occupational health, procurement management, and real estate & logistics.

PSC basically provides many of the essential functions needed to keep government agencies operating. It does things as disparate as managing Federal employee health clinics to delivering the mail. It’s wide range of services include everything from digital archiving to negotiating contracts, accounting and financial reporting, storing and distributing medical supplies, and more.

In the previous fiscal year, PSC disbursed 434,954 grant payments for $429 billion from the Payment Management System for HHS; processed nearly $10 billion in salary and wages; collected over $3.7 billion governmental receivables; managed more than 182,000 invoices for approximately $5.2 billion; and delivered 10,773,540 pieces of mail.

Spanish Industrial Waste Management Firm Announces Headquarters Relocation to Merrillville, IN

Lake County and Indiana are getting yet another headquarters relocation from Illinois. This time, the company hopping across the state line is Spain-based industrial waste management and recycling services provider Tradebe.


TRADEBE (photo – IEDC/tradebeusa.com)

Supported by State of Indiana tax credits and East Chicago economic development incentives, TRADEBE Environmental Services (USA) is relocating its headquarters from Oakbrook, IL to the Town of Merrillville, IN, and expanding its existing operations in East Chicago, IN.

TRADEBE Environmental Services, LLC (USA) is a subsidiary of subsidiary of Barcelona, Spain-based Tradebe, GP and Subsidiaries. The company will invest $150,000 to relocate its headquarters to the new site in Merrillville located just 20 miles from their existing East Chicago facility.

The headquarters relocation to Merrillville and expansion in East Chicago will create 55 new jobs in Indiana by 2017. This includes 30 high-wage jobs at the company’s headquarters operations.

This is the Tradebe’s second major expansion in Lake County in recent times. Last year, the company invested $16 million to expand and renovate its East Chicago facility to build a second Solids Distillation System (SDS) and create 25 new jobs. This SDS technology is the only one of its kind in the United States, and offers an effective and cost-efficient method for recycling organic solid waste.

TRADEBE specializes in recycling industrial waste into beneficial products and substitute fuels, and sets a high standard by recycling approximately 60 percent of the waste they process. Using SDS technology, TRADEBE annually processes more than 36,000 tons of hazardous waste, reclaims over 7,000 tons of scrap metal, and produces in excess of 2.7 million gallons of reusable solvents.

Worldwide, Tradebe employs more than 2,130 people and operates 72 treatment facilities spread across Spain, the U.K., U.S., France and Brazil.

Victor Creixell, chief executive officer of TRADEBE USA, said in a release that relocating their headquarters gives them the opportunity to bring much of their Midwest office staff together in one location to promote efficiencies within the organization with the new headquarters just 20 miles from the East Chicago facility.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith said in the release that when faced with a world of options, companies like TRADEBE continue to choose Indiana because of the state’s business-friendly climate and fiscal strength.

In order to secure the project, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Tradebe up to $600,000 in post-performance tax credits tied to the company’s job creation plans. The Town of Merrillville is supporting the headquarters relocation project at the request of the Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance, and the expansion project has already been approved to receive East Chicago economic development incentives.

Merrillville Town Councilman Shawn Pettit said in the release that the town of Merrillville is pleased an international company like Tradebe selected their community, recognizing they can flourish in an ideal location and business-friendly environment.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland likewise added that they are proud that Tradebe continues to prosper in East Chicago. Mayor Copeland added that it’s imperative to support their existing businesses in expanding their operations as they are integral in growing the economy through jobs and investment.

Nano Utica Economic Development Initiative Brings 2000 ams and GE Global Research Jobs to New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who traveled to Utica to bring his “Capital for a Day” program to the Mohawk Valley region, announced a 31-point plan to advance the Mohawk Valley region.

The 31-point plan included the launch of the next phase of the Nano Utica economic development initiative. At the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, Gov. Cuomo announced that ams AG and GE Global Research will create nearly 2,000 jobs under the next phase of Nano Utica.

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ams AG, which manufactures high performance sensor solutions and analog ICs, will initially invest over $2 billion for building a 360,000-square-foot 200/300 mm wafer fabrication facility at the 450-acre Nano Utica site in Marcy, NY.

ams is undertaking this project in partnership with SUNY Poly CNSE, Fort Schuyler Management (FSMC) and Mohawk Valley Edge. As a result of this project, ams will create and retain more than 700 full time jobs. The company also anticipates the creation of at least another 500 support jobs by contractors, suppliers and partners the wafer fabrication facility requires to enable its advanced manufacturing operations.

GE Global Research will become an anchor tenant at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD C) on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Utica. GE is partnering with SUNY Poly to develop a Power Electronics packaging facility at QUAD C.

As a result of this project, nearly 500 jobs are expected to be created in the Mohawk Valley over the next five years by GE and its affiliated corporations, and by SUNY Poly. The project is expected to support the creation of another 350 jobs in the subsequent five years after that.

Announcing these projects, Gov. Cuomo said in a release that “This is a transformative moment that will make a difference in peoples’ lives in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come.”

“With GE and ams joining the Nano Utica initiative, we’re seeing the region’s economy gathering momentum unlike ever before,” added Gov. Cuomo.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, president and chief executive officer of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, said in the release that this announcement is a is a tremendous victory for the Mohawk Valley and the entire State of New York. “Governor Cuomo’s pioneering economic development model, coupled with SUNY Poly CNSE’s world class expertise and resources, continues to generate historic investment and job creation throughout the state,” added Dr. Kaloyeros.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri noted that the Nano Utica initiative is revolutionizing the local economy, bringing global companies, billions of dollars in private investment, and thousands of jobs to the region. Mayor Palmieri added that this is something he couldn’t have even imagined a decade ago.

Nano Utica is a $1.5 billion economic development blueprint unveiled by Gov. Cuomo in 2013 to revitalize the Mohawk Valley. The idea was to establish a dynamic nanotechnology-driven ecosystem by replicating the successful public-private investment model of SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany.

Based on this model of state investment for building unique state-owned facilities and infrastructure to be used by private companies in partnership with CNSE, New York State committed to investing $250 million into QUAD C and the Marcy Nanocenter to support critical equipment and infrastructure improvements. The result is that the Nano Utica initiative is now projected to create more than 4,000 jobs over the next ten years.

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