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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.


New leader for Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher named Dr.  Gregory L. Eastwood officer-in-charge of SUNY Upstate Medical University effective immediately. Dr. Eastwood previously served as president of Upstate from 1993-2006.

“I am honored to take this leadership position, alongside the many faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who comprise Upstate Medical University and make it such a fine institution of learning, clinical care, and research,” said Dr. Eastwood.

Dr. Eastwood is a University Professor, one of the highest honors SUNY can bestow, and served as President for 13 years at SUNY Upstate Medical University between 1993 and 2006, and previously was the Dean of the Medical College of
Georgia (1989-1992).

In his capacity as University Professor he is a member of the Upstate faculty, teaching and pursuing scholarship in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Following his departure from Upstate Medical University in 2006, Dr. Eastwood served as Interim President of Case Western Reserve University, where his term ended in July 2007.

SUNY Rockefeller Institute names director of higher education

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that Ben Wildavsky has been appointed director of higher education studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government (RIG) and policy professor at the University at Albany.

“SUNY’s ability to attract a top visionary leader in Ben Wildavsky is a testament to the system’s emerging role as the world’s premier system of public higher education,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Ben’s insight and leadership as director of higher education studies at the Rockefeller Institute and policy professor at UAlbany will be incredibly valuable to SUNY as we continue to address the most critical issues facing higher education in the 21st century.”

Wildavsky is a former senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, he is the author of the award-winning book, The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (2010).

NYS P-TECH partnerships announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State said, “NYS P-TECH offers an innovative approach to equip today’s students with the skills they’ll need to succeed. A highly skilled workforce is a critical element in local economic development. The Business Council and our members are pleased to be partners at the state level and in each local collaboration. We are eager to roll up our sleeves and start planning these new schools.”

Governor Cuomo said, “This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate. These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”

NYS P-TECH was announced as part of the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget and will receive additional funding and support through the State Education Department. The public-private initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS P-TECH school.

Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

Click here to see the 16 NYS P-TECH partnerships.

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation, said, “This extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout the 10 economic development regions sets New York apart as the first state to ensure that rigorous academics in these schools are directly linked to great careers.”

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York said, “NYS P-TECH is an innovative program that connects high school, college, and the world of work, all aligned through a single challenging curriculum that keeps students focused, engaged, and excited.”

UAlbany unveils new business building

The University at Albany unveiled a new $64 million School of Business building Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. The new 96,000-square-foot complex is designed to include commercialization and entrepreneurship for business students.

The building includes a trading room equipped with Bloomberg terminals, 24 classrooms outfitted with the latest in technology and countless meeting and study spaces. UAlbany also announced that it would become just the third school nationally to offer a bachelor’s degree in digital forensics, a key field in the burgeoning cybersecurity industry.

UAlbany’s master’s in business administration program is ranked No. 1 nationally for job placement, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Business Review: SUNY campuses to receive funding for high-tech training

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.

Click here to read more about the program that will be distributed to 63 programs at SUNY campuses over the next three years.

Wind turbines may come to SUNY Canton campus

The Watertown Daily Times reports that SUNY Canton will hold public meetings on wind turbines possibly being located on campus.  The first meeting is April 16th at  at 6 p.m in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s intramural gym. The college is working with the New York Power Authority and Sustainable Energy Developments to determine if wind turbines would provide electricity on campus as well as academic programming.

Read the full Watertown Daily Times article: SUNY Canton sets April 16 hearing on proposed NYS Power Authority wind turbine on campus.


Governor Cuomo weighs in on possible new SUNY Campus

The Associated Press reports that the Governor is undecided as to whether the state should add a 65th SUNY campus.   The proposal for the new campus would separate the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering from the University at Albany, creating a separate governing structure and budget. The Associated Press article by Michael Gormley appeared in newspapers around the state as well as the Utica Observer Dispatch.

Read the full artricle here.