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First wave of businesses under START-UP NY

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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.

 

AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge

Business Council member AT&T recently announced the Rochester Civic App Challenge, collaborating with Business Council member the Rochester Institute of Technology and other Rochester technology companies, a two-month contest for creating smartphone apps that will serve the community.

The challenge runs until April 23 and encourages the local tech community to build and deliver apps and services that serve community needs, connect and engage citizens with their governments and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.

AT&T chose Rochester to kick-off a series of three high-profile Upstate New York mobile app challenges in recognition of the leading role the community has historically played as New York’s innovation leader and center for technology jobs and commerce.

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“AT&T’s commitment to Rochester’s tech sector grows out of our company’s multibillion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president, AT&T. “By encouraging Rochester students and career technologists to explore smart phone software development we are spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy.”

“We are pleased to host this challenge, which will allow us to showcase the innovative spirit that infuses the MAGIC Center,” said RIT MAGIC Center Director Andrew Phelps. “We created MAGIC to support turning ideas into marketable products. The apps that will be created during this challenge reflect well on our mission.”

Participants can register or get more information on the AT&T Rochester Civic App Challenge at http://attroc.hackupstate.com/. The challenge will award first, second and third prizes – as well as honorable mentions — in two categories with top winners will receiving prizes totaling $18,000. Winners will be announced in May and the public can follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #ATTROC.

 

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First Robotics Competitions teach teamwork

The Business Council of New York State is promoting the varsity Sport for the MindTM, the First Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Teams of high school students are challenged to design, build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Organizers describe FRC as being “as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.” According to the FRC website, “Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team ‘brand,’ hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.”

Two Business Council members — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology are hosting regional competitions in March. Other competitions will take place regionally.

At these regional competitions the objective will be to get the robot to carry a 2 ft. ball from one end of the field to the other, passing the ball from one robot to the next.

In addition to learning from building a robot, the students learn the importance of working together as part of a team.

Businesses can support teams with mentors, coaches or sponsorships. If you would like to get involved please contact The Business Council.

If you would like to read more about what students in the Capital Region are doing to get ready for the RPI competition, you can read reporter Andrew Bream’s story about the competition in the Troy Record.