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Drones and Nanotech: Jobs on the Horizon

Jobs. Drones. Nanto-tech. They're all part of what many are banking-on for a truly successful future in the Mohawk Valley.
Jobs. Drones. Nanto-tech. They're all part of what many are banking-on for a truly successful future in the Mohawk Valley.

When manufacturing started to move out - so did jobs and opportunity. That was years ago. Now if all goes as planned there is a real possibility that a turn-around might finally be in sight.

It is based in part on nano-technology. The state promising millions to the area to create a new business center based on evolving technologies. Among them...nanotechnology. Defined on Wikipedia nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.

"It's part of the evolution of what's happening in the industry. It's a very dynamic industry which has had spectacular growth," says Steve DiMeo, Mohawk Valley EDGE president.

But the area's future is not limited to nanotechnology despite how often that word is getting thrown around. In the past month or so we have heard a lot about drones.

They represent a whole different kind of technology - with different needs, different types of workers - and different uses including some we have heard so much about - like having packages delivered right to your own front door by pint-sized flying machines.

"Drone technology is used clearly for military applications but like most things in our society, but ultimately it's a military application with commercial applications," says DiMeo.

And so what's the pay-off to all of this? Those in the know say it’s really pretty simple. New jobs and new companies. Replacements for those lost here - but offer better pay - and more long-term security.

"Great exposure, great opportunity for future business. And I think this just gives us a whole new pocket for opportunity in the technology arena. We could be the next silicon valley," says Pamela Matt, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

So far ground hasn't been broken for the nanotechnology site in Marcy. There were permit issues but officials believe it could happen any day now.

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