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The Future of Quad C

Last night we took a look at nanotechnology and drones and what those words actually mean to you. Tonight we dive deeper into the big story.
Last night we took a look at nanotechnology and drones and what those words actually mean to you. Tonight we dive deeper into the big story.

The plans have been made and the ball is already rolling. And experts say it's just a matter of time before the Mohawk Valley will start to reap the benefits.

Millions of dollars. And promises of jobs and job security. But when will all of this come to fruition? Known as Quad C, this nanotechnology epicenter could be home to the beginning of an industry that some say is an evolving and changing technology that's here to stay.

"Semi-conductors are involved in just about everything...your automobile, household appliances,” says Steve DiMeo, Mohawk Valley Edge, president.

Quad C is projected to cost $1.5 billion and cover 250,000 square feet once completed. Six companies will work in the building to advance chips that go into our different types of mobile devices and just about every piece of technology we use in our daily lives. This could mean an evolving and growing industry for the Mohawk Valley.

"We have an insatiable appetite for devices and devices are not just laptops they're tablets, they're smart phone technology,” says DiMeo. “So technology is advancing rapidly and the industry is looking at how to provide faster processing speeds, reducing heat, extending battery life. "

But is all this money and investment really worth it? According to some this could change the economy as the Mohawk Valley knows it.

"The opportunity is great. It's at our doorstep for future businesses. Other companies that are tangentially related to this development will take a look at this area and come and develop here. It's going to kind of be like a spinoff, you know, dominoes," says Pamela Matt, Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, executive director.

The building structure is up. DiMeo told me Quad C should be in its first stage of completion by the end of this year. But he says it will continue to grow from there.

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