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SUNYIT hosts regional showcase at Marcy campus

By HILARY LANE

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and presidents of several other SUNY schools were at SUNYIT in Marcy Thursday for a regional showcase.

The idea is to increase the visibility of SUNY schools and showcase the schools' contributions to the community and economic development.

This was the fifth SUNY showcase of ten campuses across the state. Seven schools set up shop on the Marcy campus Thursday, including Mohawk Valley Community College, Herkimer County Community College, and of course, SUNYIT.

"I want them to believe in the power of SUNY," said Zimpher. "We're really here to create jobs and better life for New Yorkers.

Each campus has set up a booth and is passing out material, doing demonstrations and talking to people another their respective schools accomplishments."

One of the most buzzed about programs within the SUNY school system is SUNYIT's work in the field of nanotechnology.

"You probably have noticed on Edic Road that the circle is now complete and open," says Dr. Wolf Yeigh, President of SUNYIT. "That is the one road improvement projects that was necessary to start the construction process. You are going to be seeing our signs and nanotech complex very shortly."

Dr. Yeigh says the work and research done at the new 35,000 square foot center will draw nanotechnology companies into the area, brining more money and more jobs to the Mohawk Valley.

The facility is expected to be completed by 2014.

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