Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on START-UP NY Agreement

June 19, 2013

Albany — “The State University could not be more excited about today’s agreement on the Governor's START-UP NY legislation that positions our campuses as magnets for entrepreneurs and businesses from around the globe. The leadership of the entire SUNY system coalesced around this proposal and we are now fully embracing the opportunity before us. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his bold, innovative ideas and leadership, and our legislative leaders for backing this landmark agreement.

“SUNY's power to revitalize New York's economy is now ready to reach its full potential. I think New Yorkers will be pleased to see how engaged, responsible, creative, and impactful our campuses will be as this process moves forward. To the business community in New York and beyond, may I say proudly that not only are we open for business, we are building something special and unique in New York. Through our world class facilities and faculty, SUNY is delivering the 21st century workforce that businesses need to grow and thrive. Come join us!”

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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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