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First wave of businesses under START-UP NY



Today Governor Andrew Cuomo  announced that 12 businesses will expand or locate in New York as a result of START-UP NY program, which creates tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across the state. The 12 businesses will invest $50 million and create nearly 400 new jobs in tax-free areas.

Governor Cuomo said. “Just months after the program’s launch, we are excited to announce the first businesses to participate in START-UP NY, which will bring nearly 400 new jobs and $50 million in investment to communities in Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, and New York City.”

Business Council members involved include the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “The jobs and investments coming to Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca and Brooklyn will have an immediate economic impact and the participating companies will operate in a completely tax-free environment, which will enable them to create even more jobs and economic opportunities for New Yorkers in the future.”

“With these university-industry partnerships now in place, SUNY students and faculty will have unprecedented access to emerging, high-tech fields that will enhance the value of a SUNY education while creating jobs and driving our state economy,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“START-UP NY is a very innovative way to connect the strengths of a major research university, like the University at Buffalo, with the expertise and energy of entrepreneurs and businesspeople,” said Satish K. Tripathi, president, University at Buffalo.

Bill Destler, president, Rochester Institute of Technology said, “With this program, RIT is able to partner with one of its alumni… [It] will bring tremendous opportunities to retain more of our talented graduates in Upstate New York, create additional co-op and employment opportunities for RIT students and graduates, as well as set an example for other entrepreneurs that New York – and Rochester – are indeed ‘Open for Business.”

“We are thrilled to be among the first university-company partnerships getting off the ground through START-UP NY,” said David Skorton, president, Cornell University. “The employment of 65 people in advanced manufacturing and investment of over $37 million in capital equipment to support that growth by private investors represents a significant positive impact on the region’s economy.”

“START-UP NY represents a major opportunity to advance the biotechnology enterprise in the New York City region at SUNY Downstate,” said Dr. John F. Williams, president, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

START-UP NY seeks to accelerate entrepreneurialism and job creation across the state on a large scale, with a particular focus on Upstate New York. Under the program, businesses have the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on eligible land and space. Businesses partner with the higher education institutions and are able to access industry experts and advanced research laboratories.

Interested colleges and universities draft campus plans that identify their goals for the program and the space that they are proposing to designate as tax-free, as well as the types of businesses and industries that they are seeking to attract through the initiative.

To date, 26 schools have been approved for START-UP NY, establishing more than 130 tax-free areas for new or expanding businesses. For more information visit START-UP NY’s website www.startup-ny.com.


Undersecretary of Commerce Patrick Gallagher and President/CEO of ESD Kenneth Adams to headline inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference

This press release just in from the Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems and the Center for Economic Growth:

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Patrick D. Gallagher will kick-off the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference: Think Smart, Make Value with the event’s keynote address on the evening of April 16, followed by Kenneth Adams, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development and President/CEO of Empire State Development, providing the mid-day address on April 17.

The two-day conference, presented by a partnership between the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) will be held April 16-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

The first annual Advanced Manufacturing Conference, themed “Think Smart, Make Value,” will bring together leaders from industry, government, and academia to address challenges facing regional manufacturers. It will provide small, medium, and large manufacturers a strategic look at emerging ways to leverage the power of automation technologies, business best practices, and take advantage of available state and regional resources to better compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

The CATS/CEG Advanced Manufacturing Conference builds upon the past success of the CATS annual showcases. The new conference will feature workshops and discussions on leading-edge and emerging manufacturing topics including: Smart Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Energy Systems, Sustainable Composites, Biomimicry, and others. The conference will also feature business-focused sessions and training on key manufacturing business topics including: Lean / Six Sigma Overview, Supply Chain Development, Funding Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Research, and Innovation and Growth.

In addition to the technical and business-oriented sessions, the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference will feature a New York State Solutions Fair, a half-day forum designed for NY manufacturers to meet directly with business and technology experts in one-on-one consultations to help solve problems and take advantage of opportunities for growth.

“The core expertise of the CATS is in innovative automation systems. A key part of our mission is to leverage this expertise to boost the regional and national economy by reinvigorating manufacturing across New York and the United States,” said CATS Director John Wen, also a faculty member in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer. “Our new Advanced Manufacturing Conference, in partnership with CEG, will showcase successful collaborative projects, discuss current trends and opportunities, and present ways that CATS, CEG, and New York State can help manufacturers elevate their business to the next level.”

“As Tech Valley’s New York State Regional Technology Development Center (RTDC) and NIST MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) center, the Center for Economic Growth is pleased to continue to leverage our very strong relationship with the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems at Rensselaer through co-sponsorship of our “Think Smart, Make Value” Advanced Manufacturing Conference in April,” said Jeffrey Lawrence, Executive Vice President of Technology at CEG. “Advanced manufacturing that leverages the superb workforce, leading-edge research and innovative programs available across the region is essential to high-quality job creation, investment and sustainable growth in Tech Valley for future generations.”

Also planned for the conference are a CEO Roundtable, numerous networking opportunities, a panel discussion titled “Securing the Talent Pipeline for Advanced Manufacturing,” guided tours of RPI laboratories and facilities, and a Poster Session featuring a broad array of projects and areas of research and offering an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with student and faculty researchers.

Full Showcase agenda and event registration details are available at: http://www.regonline.com/2013_AMC or http://www.cats.rpi.edu.