FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 19, 2010
Silver, Destito Welcome NCCIT To Central New York
Inter-regional Nanotechnology Partnership Becomes Reality as UAlbany and
SUNYIT Spur High-tech Economic Opportunity
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Governmental Operations Committee Chair
RoAnn Destito today welcomed nfrastructure Technologies Center of Competency in
Information Technologies (NCCIT) to the Utica/Rome region. The initiative was created
in response to the rapid growth in global demand for informational technology (IT)
advancements, bringing standardized and affordable IT infrastructure to public and
private sectors and growing high-technology jobs in New York.
"Today begins a whole new era of a job-creating high-tech economy in the
Utica/Rome region as we welcome nfrastructure Technologies Center of Competency
in Information Technologies to the SUNYIT campus," said Silver (D-Manhattan).
"Bridging the already successful nanotechnology initiatives at UAlbany with those
at SUNYIT will allow New York to compete in the global marketplace with an inter-regional
partnership between Tech Valley and the Mohawk Valley. Years ago, RoAnn and I - along
with our Assembly colleagues - recognized that our colleges and universities were the
foundation upon which the 21st-century New York economy could be built. Today we see
that coming to fruition with NCCIT making its home here in Central New York and creating
good jobs, workforce training and an IT-supplier network."
"The jobs that are being created through this project will be located at SUNYIT, and
will be high-paying engineering, computer software, and data management positions,"
said Destito (D/WF-Rome). "This project will leverage public and private investment to
boost our local economy, benefit SUNYIT students and significantly improve our efforts to
attract other good paying jobs to the Mohawk Valley. It will continue our efforts to make
SUNYIT one of the state's premier technology colleges, and this initiative will strengthen the
existing partnership between SUNYIT and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering in Albany."
Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito (at podium) answers questions about nfrastructure Technology's decision to invest in the Utica/Rome
region and build a topnotch IT workforce on the SUNYIT campus. From left are Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, nfrastructure Technologies CEO Daniel Pickett III and CNSE's Dr. Alain
"nfrastructure Technologies is thrilled to establish its state-of-the-art research,
development and workforce training center, along with its Western New York corporate
offices, on the SUNYIT campus through this partnership with the New York State Assembly,
SUNYIT and CNSE," said nfrastructure Technologies Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer Daniel T. Pickett III. "The unparalleled leadership and critical investment
of Speaker Silver, Assemblywoman Destito and the Assembly were the essential ingredients in
nfrastructure's decision to move forward with this initiative, which will play a pivotal role in our
company's future, helping us to build a first-rate IT workforce in the Mohawk Valley that will enable
new IT solutions and technologies that are critical to compete in the global marketplace."
"Under the watchful eye of Speaker Silver and Assemblywoman Destito, the New York State
Assembly continues its extraordinary leadership and innovative roadmap for building a world-class
nanotechnology initiative, including critical support for pioneering educational and economic-growth
opportunities across New York," said CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive
Officer Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros. "The establishment of this next-generation research, education
and workforce training center by nfrastructure Technologies truly embodies the groundbreaking vision
of the Speaker and the Assembly in creating unique public-private partnerships that provide New
Yorkers and their communities with the 21st-century tools necessary to compete and succeed in
the global innovation economy. The UAlbany NanoCollege looks forward to working with the Assembly,
SUNYIT and nfrastructure Technologies to ensure that this collaboration is a resounding success."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (center) welcomes to the nfrastructure Technologies to the Mohawk Valley. The
company will locate its Western New York operations to the SUNYIT campus to develop a cutting- edge workforce training center to
serve the state's information technology industries. From left are SUNYIT President Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito
and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros of CNSE and Daniel T. Pickett III of nfrastructure Technologies.
"We are delighted to welcome nfrastructure Technologies to the SUNYIT campus as part of the
nfrastructure Technologies Center of Competency in Information Technologies," said SUNYIT
President Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh. "The attraction of the first private industry partner to SUNYIT
is a tribute to the vision and leadership of Speaker Silver and Assemblywoman Destito and a testament
to the growing relationship between CNSE and SUNYIT, which is translating into unmatched education
for students and new nanotechnology economic development opportunities for the Utica-Rome
nfrastructure Technologies is the first company to sign on to the Assembly's inter-regional
nanotechnology-partnership initiative. The company will occupy a newly created space at SUNYIT;
planning of which is underway. Groundbreaking is expected to be announced soon.