It's official. The state's investing 180-million-dollars in Quad-C. The long-promised funds are now set in stone in the New York State Budget. They'll go toward the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT.
Quad-C--the future site of 1,500 high-tech manufacturing jobs--is now cashing in a 180-million-dolar check from the state.
"This is just another step in that chain of those 1,500 jobs associated with Nano Utica and really making the Mohawk Valley a hub for nanotechnology in New York," said Robert Geer, SUNYIT president.
And those holding out a healthy amount of skepticism, can rest assured, that Quad-C will become a reality.
"It is happening and the buildings are being built in terms of Quad C, the growth has taken place there's companies that are ready to begin. The skeptics will be what they are and that is skeptical and you can't change that unfortunately until it comes," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
But no one can deny the progress being made at the site. Construction at Quad C is expected to wrap up by the end of this year--and they're three weeks ahead of schedule. Recent weather is welcome news to workers who only took two days off during the harsh winter. With the structure of Quad-C nearly complete, the 180-million-dollars will mostly go toward what goes inside.
"In these types of facilities, these cutting edge facilities, so much of the investment is actually inside the building, the clean room components are very expensive, very highly designed, they have to meet these extremely demanding specs," said Geer.
The funds will not only provide immediate infrastructure, but also serve to attract future private investors.
"When other companies, when other businesses see that the commitment is truly there, that the money is truly there, in the bank ready to be spent, then it leads to other areas of growth and investment," said Picente.
The budget also provides half-a-million dollars for research by SUNYIT faculty and a million-dollars toward drone testing at Griffis International Airport.
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