SUNY Earns $15 Million in Regional Economic Development Council Awards

December 12, 2013

Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today commended SUNY campuses on awards announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in Round III of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Nearly $15 million was awarded directly to SUNY campuses.

“SUNY campuses in every region are driving forces of economic development, utilizing today's newest advances and latest technology to keep our system and our state competitive in the 21st-century global economy,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The Governor's REDC initiative has been a fantastic opportunity for us to keep doing what we do best – educating students for success in fields and careers that meet New York's workforce needs now and in the future. Congratulations to each of the campuses that received awards this week, and thank you to Governor Cuomo for his excellent vision, leadership, and support.”

A complete list of awards provided by Round III, including many smaller scale projects funded throughout SUNY, is available online. Distribution of the nearly $15 million in awards directly to SUNY is as follows:

  • $5 million to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) to support continued growth and establish a Digital Data Open-Innovation Training Center (DO-IT Center) for workforce training; a Small, Minority, and Women-owned Business Enterprise center for software development; a data operations center; and a smart city operations training & development lab.
  • $3.1 million to SUNYIT to establish the Center for 21st Century Workforce Education & Innovation (C-21), a new workforce development and training center located within Quad-C at SUNYIT. C-21 will establish an integrated high-tech learning facility for workforce training/retraining, targeting careers in advanced nanoelectronics packaging and assembly; construction trades for nanoelectronics/nanofabrication; and maintenance for high-tech manufacturing.
  • $2 million to Stony Brook University to build a new Innovation and Discovery Facility designed to enhance the business recruitment power of START-UP NY and stimulate a public-private partnership for building construction.
  • $1 million to University at Buffalo to expand its high-performance computing and data analytics center located at the Buffalo Niagara campus to provide regional industry and organizations with on-demand, immediate access to advanced computing and storage infrastructure.
  • $1 million to SUNY New Paltz to establish a national center for additive manufacturing (3D printing), and provide the campus with state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment and the physical plant necessary to fully implement its vision as a future hub for this technology.
  • $750,000 to Binghamton University to design, construct, and outfit new laboratories to provide the innovative infrastructure to fully integrate undergraduate students in leading-edge research across disciplines.
  • $750,000 to Upstate Medical University and COR Real Property Company, LLC in contribution toward a $24.5 million investment to improve infrastructure and construct an 80,000-square-foot building at the former Kennedy Square site, adjacent to the CNY Biotech Accelerator Center.
  • $600,000 to the University at Albany to exceed permit requirements and install pervious pavement, rain gardens, and a green roof as part of its Campus Center Expansion Project. The inclusion of these green practices will reduce storm water runoff, combat heat island effect, and conserve energy, ultimately helping the project achieve a LEED Gold rating.
  • $500,000 to Alfred State to create a highly energy efficient facility to train students in state-of-the-art sustainable manufacturing techniques.
  • $100,000 to Monroe County Community College to establish an accelerated certificate program that will enable residents in Rochester’s high-poverty El Camino neighborhood to obtain education and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing, earn a certificate in half the normal time, and find employment within a year. Participants in the program are anticipated to begin in fall 2014. This project responds to the advanced manufacturing industry’s immediate need for skilled workers.

By design, each REDC is knitted closely to colleges and universities within the region, so that research and innovation can be easily linked with the community that it naturally impacts. Three regional co-chairs – SUNYIT Acting President Robert Geer (Mohawk Valley), Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger (Southern Tier), and University at Albany President Robert Jones (Capital Region) lead regions named “Top Performers” in Round III, a designation accompanied by additional funds.

About the Regional Economic Development Councils

A centerpiece of the Governor's strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were put in place in 2011 to redesign the state's approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach. The initiative empowers community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region's unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs and support economic growth.

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Cuomo's transformative approach to State investment and economic development. The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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