Nano Utica forum sheds light on potential careers for area residents

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV)-'Nano Utica' is bringing numerous opportunities to the region and community members came out by the dozens in Utica on Tuesday, to learn how to be a part of it.

Experts from the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering explained the various aspects of nanotechnology and the different job opportunities that will be available in the future.

Nano Utica is apart of $1.5 billion investment from six global technology companies to create the state's second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. It was announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo, back in October 2013.

Translators were also available during the forum to service the diverse community in Utica.

The $125 million nanotechnology facility at SUNY will create 1,500 high-tech, high-paying jobs for the Utica area and State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), who organized the event said for every one high-tech job, there are three or four spin-off jobs.

"It's not just engineers and Ph.D's it's back office, it's security guards, it's very skilled labor, all the way up to advanced degrees," Brindisi said. "There is an opportunity for people in nanotech."

He added that the Nanotechnology Center in Albany has been more beneficial for residents living in the suburbs than it has for those who live in the inner-city area. Brindisi said he wants to make sure that the center doesn't have the same effect in Utica.

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