Several groups have come up with a plan to convert four blocks of warehouses into high-tech facilities. Reporter Matt Chaban describes the ambitious project which would “cement Brooklyn’s role as an incubator for new and growing tech outfits.”
Haley Vaccaro of The Business Review wrote a good report on a program that seeks to provide high-tech training for individuals for health care and engineering jobs. 36 campuses in the State University of New York system will receive $12 million for workforce development initiative.
Workforce development has been one of The Business Council’s leading concerns as more and more of it members report a shortage of workers with skills to fill high-skill jobs. On its Education and Workforce Development committee webpage, The Business Council wrote about the importance of training individuals in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — “[it’s] critical if we want to stay competitive in the global economy. The Business Council supports initiatives that foster the development of a 21st century workforce, ensure that students are well prepared for entrance into college and career, and strengthen partnerships between private-sector companies, colleges and local school districts.”
In a report in the Times Union, Eric Anderson cited a report by America’s Edge, “a business-supported organization that advocates investments in education, they warned that the state will eventually face a shortage of 350,000 workers with the skills to fill so-called “middle-skill” jobs, those that require training beyond high school but not a bachelor’s degree.”
A new design-driven laboratory focused on innovation in manufacturing will be housed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Crain’s New York outlines how the site that once produced battleships will create around 300 new jobs under the new plan, and that $60 million in public and private money will be invested in renovation.
The Business Council has long been focused on workforce development in New York State. Many of our manufacturing members have told us they have difficulty finding high-skilled workers. David Robinson of The Buffalo News wrote that “nearly one of every three [Western New York] factory jobs [are] expected to come open within the next seven years.” With that in mind, writes Robinson, the Western New York Economic Development Council has “endorsed a plan to create a workforce training center that will help teach local workers the skills needed in today’s more advanced factory work.”
Mark Weiner of Syracuse.Com (The Post-Standard) report on the immigration bill supported by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer highlights the effect its passage would have on New York farms and the high-tech industry. Weiner quoted Schumer: “Agriculture is one of our biggest industries in New York state, and it has been in handcuffs. And the handcuffs have been a lack of labor.”
“Now is the time to work together to successfully implement evidence-based initiatives that will prepare all students to graduate high school with the skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace.” – Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State.
Margaret Spellings, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Education joined Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council yesterday to host the educational conference “Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity”. The Business Council joined forces with U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation to focus on career readiness for New York students. As part of a panel presentation, Paul S. Speranza, Jr., vice chairman, general counsel and secretary of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and vice chair and treasurer of The Business Council, gave an impassioned speech about a number of educational initiatives that are currently underway in Rochester and Western New York. He outlined how these programs could be replicated around the state.
Approximately three million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled and major reforms are necessary to overcome the skill gap. After graduating from high school, students are often ill-equipped to become successful in college and the work world. Businesses, elected officials, parents, and education leaders need to work in partnership to ensure that students have all the skills they need for success in our communities.
This story comes to us from Barbara Pinckney of The Business Review:
DNS Electronics LLC, a California-based semiconductor equipment manufacturer, is opening its second Albany-area office in two years.
DNSE opened its first local office, in Ellsworth Commons in Malta, to be near the GlobalFoundries computer chip plant.
It has now chosen 455 Patroon Creek Blvd., in the office park off Washington Avenue, to be near the University at Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. DNSE has worked with the university for a few years, but is now upping its involvement as part of the Global 450 Consortium, a joint effort by the Nanocollege and the world’s largest computer chip makers, who teamed to design the next generation of chips.
Scott Galler, vice president of finance and business operations for DNS, said the company has signed a lease on about 3,200 square feet of space at 455 Patroon Creek, and should move in by April 1. It will purchase all its furnishings from Standard Commercial Interiors, the Albany company that set up its Malta offices.
The new office will employ about 15 people. Galler said some experienced people will be brought in to start the project, and then “we will hire throughout the year. … We prefer to hire locally as much as possible.”
The Malta office, which opened in mid-2011, employs about 20 people. The company is one of more than two dozen semiconductor supply companies that have moved to the region since GlobalFoundries began building its chip plant in 2009. The Nanocollege has lured hundreds of semiconductor companies to the area over the past decade.
Yesterday, Senator Kristen Gillibrand toured an optics manufacturing facility in Rochester to highlight the need for more aid for high-tech manufacturing in New York. Sen. Gillibrand is seeking support for a bill she recently introduced – the Made in America Manufacturing Act – through which states and regional public-private partnerships could compete for funding to aid high-tech manufacturing.
Craig Turner, vice president of Buffalo Niagara Partnership, a member of The Business Council, is one of several Western New York officials meeting with Senator Kristen Gillibrand in Lancaster today. They’ll be discussing public-private partnerships as a necessary tool for growth in the high-tech manufacturing sector. Stephen Watson of The Buffalo News has the story:
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is introducing legislation intended to boost advanced manufacturing in the state and plans to discuss her “Made in America Manufacturing Act” with elected and business officials this morning at a Village of Lancaster industrial firm.
The New York Democrat will meet with Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Buffalo Niagara Partnership Vice President Craig W. Turner and other officials at Harper International, a maker of industrial furnaces.
“She is promoting legislation that will help keep jobs here, and help American families, and [Poloncarz] supports that legislation,” Peter Anderson, a spokesman for the county executive, said Sunday night.
A highlight of Gillibrand’s proposal is the creation of a federal funding competition meant to encourage regional public-private partnerships to come up with growth strategies for high-tech and clean-tech manufacturing, as well as other industries, according to the senator’s office.
The legislation also would aid workforce-development efforts and provide improved market intelligence for companies. “The workforce training is key to everything,” said Turner, who said the federal government must take the lead role.
Gillibrand’s office touted the potential value of the high-tech industry. Local employment in this sector has grown by 3,400 jobs – or 7 percent – since 2004, at a time when thousands of manufacturing jobs were lost in this area.