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Final Griffiss Land Transfer Opens Local Economic Doors

It's a historic day for the City of Rome and the region. The final piece of the former Griffiss Air Force base property now belongs to the local community. It was the last portion of land located in the Griffiss Technology and Business Park owned by the Air Force. Now, the area can continue to develop economically.
It's a historic day for the City of Rome and the region. The final piece of the former Griffiss Air Force base property now belongs to the local community. It was the last portion of land located in the Griffiss Technology and Business Park owned by the Air Force. Now, the area can continue to develop economically.
The take-away message from Wednesday’s announcement was looking forward to what lies ahead. The final transfer of real estate from federal ownership to local ownership paves the way for continued economic growth in the Business and Technology Park, and it's been over 20 years in the making.
"Today’s event really marks the milestone with the last transfer of property which happens to be the large hangar complex here at Griffiss," says Joseph R. Fusco, Mayor of Rome.
For some, the transfer from Air Force Base to Business Park sparks mixed emotions.
"It’s bittersweet for me I’ve got a lot of great memories of Griffiss when it was an active base, working up here growing up here as a kid,” says Mayor Fusco.
But the Mayor says the end of memory lane is the start of the economic future.
"That's our ultimate goal is to get this property back on the tax rolls so it helps the entire community and to put people to work and the more people we can get to work and get to live in Rome it brings back that vibrancy,” said Mayor Fusco.
A vibrancy that was contagious amongst state leaders. They say today opens a world of opportunity for the area.
"The new opportunity are these drones, you have the opportunity to build them here, perhaps test them here it’s a multi-billion dollar business with real upper and middle class jobs, the best of New York is always here,” said Congressman Richard Hanna.
Officials say the land transfer not only means huge things for Griffiss Technology Park but for the Nano-Center.
"Another piece of the puzzle, another piece of technology in terms of the other businesses that exist here so it all ties in that everything compliments one and the other,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
"The introduction of the UAV plus the Nano-Center just 12 minutes away, it opens up a lot of doors for us,” said Mayor Fusco.
"We have an opportunity to be at the cutting edge of what this country and what this world needs and that's cyber security it can help build all of the other businesses around us, peripheral businesses, restaurants..." says Congressman Hanna.
The property is now in the control of the Griffiss Local Development Corporation. Representatives from the group say they're looking for tenants to bring yet another new business to the park.

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