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Officials: New tech jobs good for campus, good for community

By JOLEEN FERRIS

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Surrounded by titans of the technology world, Governor Cuomo announced a multi-billion dollar investment Tuesday that will bring 6,900 high-paying jobs across upstate New York.

The tech giants, from companies including Intel, IBM and Samsung, have committed $4.4 billion to building research and development facilities across upstate in order to create the next generation of computer technology. The specific goal - creating a 450mm computer 'wafer' that can conduct more information and transactions than the current 300mm technology.

The commitment will provide for the construction of an R & D facility at SUNYIT in Marcy. It's expected that will mean 450 new jobs that pay approximately $100,000 a year.

The governor also announced 400 construction jobs in the Utica area, but those jobs were already expected, to construct the technology complex that SUNYIT announced last fall. Construction is slated to begin in the spring and be complete in 2013.

Officials with SUNYIT say once the complex is filled with those high-paid engineers and scientists, it will help the campus itself achieve a long-desired goal.

"Many colleges and universities have a signature program, something for which they are known far and wide and it has been our hope for some time, as an institute of technology, that we would develop a signature footprint, a signature endeavor that people would point to and say 'that's SUNYIT,'" says spokesperson John Swan.

Officials with the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce say the high-tech corridors will spur additional job growth.

"Certainly, with that semiconductor industry there's going to be spin-off companies that follow, similar to what happened up at Rome Lab. There's several high tech companies out at the former GAFB that all derived from the Rome Lab business," says John Kenealy, with the Chamber.

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