A new partnership between Lockheed Martin, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University of Albany and the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity will soon produce 250 high-tech jobs for Central New York.
New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe (121st District) announced Thursday Sept. 9 the partnership, which will create the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator at Electronics Park in Salina, a $250 million initiative.
In addition to the funds already expected to go toward the project, Stirpe is contributing $28 million, of which $16 million will go to CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity for a build-out and renovation to Building #3 at Electronics Park. The construction is slated to begin in early 2011 and by capitalizing laboratory space and attracting experts in the field will transform the building into a state-of-the-art small business nanotechnology accelerator, Stirpe said.
“Central New York job creation and retention is my top priority. Securing $28 million from the Assembly to facilitate this important new partnership between [College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering] and Lockheed Martin is a critical first step in creating a high-tech corridor in Central New York to rival any in the nation,” Stirpe said.
The remaining funds from the Assembly to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will fund specialized equipment and resources to accelerate the development and commercialization of nanotechnology by Lockheed Martin and firms locating in the Excelerator.
The partnership will not only provide employment opportunities, but also educational prospects for local school districts, particularly Liverpool and North Syracuse.
“In addition to providing Central New York with an economic boost, it also will provide our [school] district with a direct benefit — the addition of an educational program for middle school and high school students that will teach them about the potential of nanotechnology,” said Liverpool Superintendent of Schools Richard Johns. “It also will provide fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students to do research in Albany during the summer months.”
According to Johns, Liverpool provides a variety of technology education courses and said he feels this will be an amazing opportunity for the middle and high school students in the district.