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Posted: Jul 24, 2014
Nano Utica Initiative announces major development step
(Nanowerk News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 permit for the Marcy Nanocenter site, enabling the next phase of the Nano Utica initiative. This includes the construction of a 450 MM enabled wafer fabrication campus and significant local job creation that will further solidify New York’s global position as a leader in semiconductor manufacturing and nanotechnology.
"The approval of this permit is an important step forward to continue economic development plans, creating jobs in the Mohawk Valley and building on our $1.5 billion investment at Nano Utica," Governor Cuomo said. "This new hub will recreate in Utica the success we have seen in Albany, with international investors taking note of the innovation and development happening in Upstate New York. I thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approving this wetlands permit that will allow us to continue our on-time schedule of building a nanotechnology cluster here at the Nano Utica campus."
In October of last year, Governor Cuomo announced the ‘Nano Utica’ initiative, a $1.5 billion public-private partnership that would be spearheaded by the newly merged CNSE/SUNYIT. Construction of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) is currently underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
The Marcy Nanocenter site is the largest remaining shovel-ready, greenfield site in New York State’s Tech Valley, and is located on the CNSE/SUNYIT Utica campus. Issuance of the Section 404 permit is the culmination of nearly 10 months of work to strike a balance on securing the regulatory approvals required to develop a publicly owned site for economic development. It will focus on critical investments to create, protect and restore environmentally sensitive sites at Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area and stream enhancement projects associated with storm damaged areas within the Mohawk River Watershed. Preliminary site work can now begin, paving the way for the development of up to three semiconductor-manufacturing facilities, each with 450,000 SF of cleanroom manufacturing space.
Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, Chief Executive Officer and Officer in Charge of SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT, said, "Governor Cuomo’s vision to establish a nanotechnology ecosystem stretching from Albany to Buffalo takes another step forward today, as the Marcy site is formally ready for development. In developing this site, the NanoCollege will leverage public-private partnerships to create investment, employment, and academic opportunities throughout the region. Working in partnership with Mohawk Valley Edge, our development of the Marcy site will further New York’s global leadership in the development of next generation technologies."
About SUNY CNSE
The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information, visit www.sunycnse.com.