Griffiss holds public open house event

Many remember the days when you needed an armed escort to enter Grifiss, but today the whole community of Rome had the opportunity to get an idea of what was happening at Griffiss Tech Park.

Posted: Sep 14, 2019 6:27 PM

ROME,N.Y.-- Many remember the days when you needed an armed escort to enter Griffiss, but today the whole community of Rome had the opportunity to get an idea of what was happening at Griffiss Tech Park.

More than 20 of the park's businesses set up in a hangar that once house airforce bombers.

Locals were able to speak with some of the business leaders that call Griffiss home. Drone technology and Virtual reality were some of the many exhibits that people were able to see and experience.

"One of the things that we are doing is showcasing what we are doing at the Airforce Research Laboratory, but also what we are doing for the Airforce in support of our nation. Also how we are supporting the local economy and all the partnerships that we have in the region," said Mike Hayduck," Deputy Director of Airforce Research Lab.

Harrier fighter jets were also on display at the base before departing early Saturday afternoon.

The open house lasted from 9 am to 1 pm.

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