NYS praised for its investments in nanotechnology at global conference

Jul 12, 2013

Several New York State economic development agencies have joined forces with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise under the marketing umbrella ‘NY Loves Nanotech’. The collaboration aimed to gain support for the region's semiconductor industry during a global nanotech conference in San Francisco.

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Credit Argonne National Laboratory

The annual SEMICON West conference brings together business representatives and professionals from around the world together to promote business opportunities in the nanotechnology industry.

Director of Investor and Public Relations for BNE, Paul Pfeiffer, says New York State was able to showcase its success in the semiconductor industry, through the products of their client Globalfoundries, based in Rochester.

Pfeiffer says the conference was also a chance to attract other semiconductor companies to the region, especially as the nanotech industry is booming.

“This is an industry that is not going to go away. It’s something that has significant investment created from the construction of these facilities, the jobs that are generated for these facilities. It just has tremendous potential to have a transformative impact on our region,” said Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer says they also received feedback from other development agencies from across the country. He says a highlight of the event was that the state received a lot of praise for their investments into the Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park in Genesee County which is in the early stages of construction.

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise or BNE, The Center for Economic Growth or CEG, The Genesee County Economic Development Center or the GCEDC, Greater Rochester Enterprise GRE and Mohawk Valley EDGE were the agencies that came together for the conference.

Center for Economic Growth Senior Vice President David Rooney said the semiconductor industry has its focus squarely on Upstate New York, and ongoing and collaborative efforts to position our multiple Upstate regions for growth are resonating across the entire industry.

“SEMICON West offers a superb forum to share our message with thousands of industry leaders, many of whom are native New Yorkers, graduates of our excellent colleges and universities or who work directly in the industry, and the consistent refrain we hear is that the leadership NY is demonstrating is critical for the industry and for US advanced manufacturing,” said Rooney.