January 20, 2011

Area Leaders Tour Albany NanoTech Site

By: by RomeSentinel.com


About 100 local business and community leaders were in the Capital District today to tour the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany, in conjunction with the college's nanotech development partnership with SUNYIT.

The trip on two buses was sponsored by the Utica-based Genesis Group and the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley, which includes several area chambers of commerce plus the Mohawk Valley EDGE and Oneida County Tourism organizations.

Among the listed attendees were Rome Mayor James F. Brown; Oneida County Tourism President Kelly Blazosky; Mohawk Valley Water Authority Executive Director Patrick Becher, who also is president of the Genesis Group board; Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Superintendent Howard Mettleman; Ronald Cantor, Mohawk Valley Community College Associate Vice President and Dean of the Rome Campus; and Mohawk Valley EDGE Senior Vice President Mark Reynolds.

The trip included a tour of the college's $6.5 billion Albany Nanotech Complex, followed by a presentation on New York's efforts in nanotech education, research and economic outreach. Included in those efforts, said the Albany college, is the $250 million Computer Chip Hybrid Integration Partnership between the college and SUNYIT.

Genesis Group Executive Director Ray Durso Jr. said the purpose of today's trip was to help build further public awareness of the nanotech initiatives and their potential impact.

Among the local projects, a proposed site for a computer chip manufacturing plant includes about 300 acres on the west side of Edic Road in Marcy near the SUNYIT campus.

The Genesis Group is comprised of business and community representatives who seek to foster regional unity and cooperation while advancing economic, social and cultural interests.