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SUNYIT: State and private funds are enough to begin phase one of Nanotech Partnership

By By EVAN WHITE

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - SUNYIT President Wolf Yeigh says the money appropriated in this year's budget and in private investment is enough to begin the "first phase" of a recently announced nanotech partnership plan, but says more will likely be needed to grow the facility and programs.

Yeigh and other SUNY officials are deep in discussions for this "first phase," which would include creating programs for the planned Advanced Technology Center, in addition to a separate wing that will include high priced "clean rooms" which private nanotechnology companies will be able to use, along with students and faculty at SUNYIT.

Last month, Governor David Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito and private firms like IBM visited the SUNYIT campus for a partnership plan announcement.

The University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Technology will partner with SUNYIT and private firms to create new facilities in efforts to build the Nanotechnology sector and create jobs from Albany to Marcy.
Officials estimate 475 jobs would be created in the Mohawk Valley.

The College of Nanoscale science's website defines Nano technology as:
"...The science of managing and manipulating matter at the atomic level. "Nano" refers to nanometer, or one billionth of a meter, the length scale used to depict atomic dimensions."

Several years ago, local lawmakers made a pitch to bring a nanotech firm to a site on SUNYIT's west campus. That company was Advanced Micro Devices out of California. However, the company settled on a separate site in Malta, New York.

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