Updates

Mohawk Valley EDGE Welcomes Micron to Central New York

NEWS RELEASE
584 Phoenix Drive
Rome, New York 13441
Phone 315-338-0393

For immediate release:
October 4th, 2022

MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE WELCOMES MICRON TO CENTRAL NEW YORK

Semiconductor manufacturing in CNY: Micron’s brand-new facility plans announced

The morning announcement on Tuesday, October 4th solidifying plans for Micron to build a semiconductor facility in Central New York was triumphant for many.

According to this morning’s briefing and other outlets (including The New York Times and The Washington Post), this project will bring about 50,000 jobs in total– from 9,000 jobs at Micron to the potential of around 40,000 other ancillary jobs from suppliers to contractors.

Mohawk Valley EDGE welcomes Micron’s new state-of-the-art semiconductor campus to the Central New York Region.

“Today’s announcement furthers the continued positive economic transformation and forward momentum happening in Upstate New York,” said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. “The adoption of the Chips for America Act through Senator Charles Schumer’s leadership and Governor Hochul’s approval of the New York Green Chips Act has positioned New York as an attractive option for an industry that is looking to add fab capacity and building stronger, more resilient global supply chains.”

We congratulate the efforts of Senator Schumer, Governor Hochul, the Empire State Development team, County Executive Ryan McMahon and his economic development team at the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, and our economic development partners at Centerstate CEO.

For more information:

New York State Governor’s Press Release

MVEDGE Contact: Hannah Phillips, Director of Communications and Marketing| hphillips@mvedge.org or 315-338-0393

MVEDGE Staff Visits Wynn Hospital Site

MVEDGE Staff Visit to MVHS Wynn Hospital Site

On a cloudy late-August day, members of the Mohawk Valley EDGE team attended a tour of the forthcoming Wynn Hospital in Utica. Led by Robert C. Scholefield MS RN, Executive Vice President/ Facilities and Real Estate at Mohawk Valley Health System, the group traversed the 700,000 square foot hospital and the project’s impacts on the local healthcare network.

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EDGE- USEPA Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Project

EDGE–USEPA Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Project

In 2022, Mohawk Valley EDGE received a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inventory, assess, investigate, and develop remediation plans for brownfields across Oneida County. For more on reassessing contaminated sites and brownfields in our area, including full details from the Environmental Protection Agency, quick facts on projects, and other updates, see below.

We will update this page with relevant data and project progress on a periodic basis.

Grant Summary for Brownfield Site Assessments, Oneida County

Oneida County has a long history of industrial and commercial uses that left behind a legacy of contamination. The goals of the EPA grant are to prioritize and assess strategic brownfield properties, return tax delinquent brownfield sites to productive use, and facilitate brownfields redevelopment. Overgrown brownfield sites and decaying structures create challenges and opportunities for stabilization and revitalization strategy, turning blight to bright developments. 

What is a Brownfield?

It is a property whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence (or potential presence) of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminants. Frequently, they are former industrial properties where operations may have resulted in environmental impairment.

Why redevelop Brownfields?

Redevelopment of these sites result in new public spaces, new job opportunities, new urban real estate, and, ultimately, the reversal of decades of environmental injustice. The removal of the blight, alone, is addition by subtraction; but the benefits run much deeper. Adaptive reuse of vacant, contaminated, and underutilized properties requires greater up-front investment, but also carries the most sustainable value proposition for the region – especially since these sites are in our population centers, along our waterfronts, and have proximity to abundant infrastructure and workforce. For more information on brownfields, please visit https://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

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TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS JOIN MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE

NEWS RELEASE
584 Phoenix Drive
Rome, New York 13441
Phone 315-338-0393

For immediate release:
August 12th, 2022

TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS JOIN MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE

Mohawk Valley EDGE’s team is growing alongside the Mohawk Valley region’s recent developments.

Rome, N.Y. –Mohawk Valley EDGE announces its hiring of two new staff members: Chris Lawrence, Vice President of Planning and Development and Hannah Phillips, Director of Marketing and Communications.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris Lawrence and Hannah Phillips to Mohawk Valley EDGE,” said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. “These are exciting times for the Mohawk Valley Region and we look forward to having Chris and Hannah play a key role in continuing the region’s economic momentum.” Continue reading “TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS JOIN MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE”

Brownfields Assessment Project RFQ

Brownfields Assessment RFQ Download

The following responses have been prepared in reply to questions submitted by individuals and firms regarding RFQ EDGE 2022-010. Questions and responses are all available in the following PDF: Addendum #1- RFQ Question Responses.

More Info in Rome Sentinel

Firms Returning A Proposal in Response to EDGE RFQ 2022-010

Ambient Environmental
Barton & Loguidice
BE3 (Brydges Engineering)
C&S Companies
D&B Engineers and Architects
Delta Engineers
HRP Associates
JMT of New York Inc.
LaBella Associates
LiRo Engineers, Inc.
Lu Engineers
Plumley Engineering
PWGC
Ramboll
Roux
TRC
Weston & Sampson

20th Anniversary Leading EDGE Awards!

The Leading EDGE Awards were instituted in 1998 to recognize companies in the Mohawk Valley who were leaders in their industrial sector and the regional economy.

In 2021 this week-long celebration will kick off with an Exclusive 20th Anniversary Reception at Turning Stone Casino and Resort on November 15th.

We also continue to remember, honor, and celebrate a founding EDGE Board member; Christopher Destito each year at this event.  He was a community champion who believed in the potential of the entire region.  The Christopher Destito Award was created to honor an individual who possesses the same characteristics as Chris. Since this award was not given out in 2020, we have the honor of being able to recognize two individuals for their contributions to the community.

We are honored to announce that Charles Sprock and Charles Constantino will be awarded the Christopher Destito Leading EDGE Award!

There is still time to support our 20th Anniversary event and help honor our awardees! 

Opportunities Available:

Platinum: $15,000 sponsorship of The Leading EDGE Awards includes:

  • Logo or company name promoted as an event sponsor in news releases, advertisements, event program, banners, etc.  (Platinum Level Placement)
  • A full color ad in email blasts and social media with prime placements
  • Contribute to social media content with video interview
  • Four tickets to exclusive 20th Anniversary Reception
  • Opportunity to give welcome remarks at reception

Gold: $10,000 sponsorship of The Leading EDGE Awards includes:

  • Logo promoted as an event sponsor in news releases, advertisements, campaign website, email blasts, etc.  (Gold Level Placement)
  • A full color ad in email blasts and social media with prime placements
  • Contribute to social media content with video interview
  • Three tickets to exclusive 20th Anniversary Reception

Silver: $5,000 sponsorship of The Leading EDGE Awards.  Your company would receive:

  • Logo promoted as an event sponsor in news releases, advertisements, campaign website, email blasts, etc.  (Silver Level Placement)
  • A full color ad in email blasts and social media with prime placements
  • Contribute to social media content with video interview
  • Two tickets to exclusive 20th Anniversary Reception

Bronze: $2,500 sponsorship of The Leading EDGE Awards.  Your company would receive:

  • Logo promoted as an event sponsor in news releases, advertisements, campaign website, email blasts, etc.  (Bronze Level Placement)
  • A full color ad in email blasts and social media
  • One ticket to exclusive 20th Anniversary Reception

Supporter: $1,000 sponsorship of The Leading EDGE Awards. Your company would receive: 

  • Logo promoted as an event sponsor in news releases, advertisements, campaign website, email blasts, etc.  (Supporter Level Placement)
  • A full color ad in email blasts and social media
  • One ticket to exclusive 20th Anniversary Reception

Tickets to 20th Anniversary Reception: $250 per individual ticket

To Register or Sponsor Click Here

Mohawk Valley EDGE Awarded 2021 Project of the Year Award by NYSEDC for Cree | Wolfspeed Billion-Dollar Wafer Fab

Mohawk Valley EDGE Awarded 2021 Project of the Year Award by NYSEDC for Cree | Wolfspeed Billion-Dollar Wafer Fab

Mohawk Valley EDGE was presented with prestigious honor at NYSEDC Annual Meeting in Cooperstown, New York

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley EDGE was presented with the Project of the Year award for the Cree|Wolfspeed project at the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) Annual Awards Ceremony held in Cooperstown this week.

Located in Upstate New York, the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a premier 434-acre greenfield campus developed for semiconductor and advanced technology manufacturing facilities. It is now home to Cree | Wolfspeed, who announced in 2019 that they would build a $1 billion, state-of-the-art, automotive-qualified 200mm-capable power wafer fabrication facility at the site. This fab will be the largest Silicon Carbide facility in the world and will be critical to supplying the next wave of electric vehicles (EV), 4G/5G mobile and industrial markets as Cree | Wolfspeed drives the industry transition from silicon-to-Silicon Carbide. Construction is on schedule for production to begin in early 2022. Cree | Wolfspeed has already hired almost 200 people to date and has committed to create more than 600 direct new jobs over the next eight years.

A recent U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association analysis estimated that each direct semiconductor industry job enables 4.89 jobs in other sectors of the economy. This new fab located next to SUNY Poly’s Utica Campus will open the door for new groundbreaking research and future recruitment opportunities for students in some of the most promising, high-growth, global industry technology sectors.

Mohawk Valley EDGE has aggressively developed and marketed the Marcy Nanocenter for over twenty years, an effort strongly supported by New York State, the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, Oneida County, The Town of Marcy, National Grid, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, NY Creates and local consortia lenders led by NBT Bank, Adirondack Bank and Pathfinder Bank. In order to meet the lofty infrastructure demands of the semiconductor industry, $130 M of state, county and private money has been invested into the site to date. The Marcy Nanocenter is subdivided to serve multiple electronics/high-tech industry companies and the balance of the site is capable of supporting an additional 1 million square feet of cleanroom space. Other investments underway include the development of an on-campus supply-chain flex-space building and development of the Marcy-SUNY Parkway corridor into a mixed-use live-work environment at the gateway of the Marcy Nanocenter Campus.

“The NYSEDC is proud to recognize Mohawk Valley EDGE with the Project of the Year award for their work to attract Cree | Wolfspeed to the Marcy Nanocenter,” said Ryan Silva, NYSEDC executive director. “They have invested decades of time in planning, attracting investment, building collaborative public-private partnerships, and marketing their site. Congratulations to Steve and the entire team for the hard work and leadership. The NYSEDC would also like to thank Cree | Wolfspeed for choosing upstate New York, which further cements New York State as a global leader in the semiconductor industry.”

“Mohawk Valley EDGE, the lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site, thanks the New York State Economic Development Council for this prestigious award of Project of the Year for Cree | Wolfspeed’s Mohawk Valley Fab,” said Steven J. DiMeo, President of Mohawk Valley EDGE. “New York State and specifically Upstate New York has a flourishing nanotechnology and advanced computing ecosystem, leveraged by its rich manufacturing heritage. We want to recognize and thank Cree | Wolfspeed for selecting Marcy Nanocenter as the site for their game-changing investments and contributing to the developing power electronics ecosystem.

Gregg Lowe, CEO Cree | Wolfspeed shared his congratulations, “We congratulate Mohawk Valley EDGE for this recognition and are honored to play a role in the economic development of the Mohawk Valley region as part of our long-term commitment to the community. Cree | Wolfspeed is proud of the team and our partners like Mohawk Valley EDGE for the tremendous progress achieved in such a short period of time. We look forward to further supporting the area’s workforce as we begin production at the world’s first 200mm Silicon Carbide fab early next year. For more than 30 years, NYSEDC has been the state’s principal organization representing economic development professionals, colleges and universities, and public-sector enterprises. Its members include IDAs, local development corporations (LDCs), banks, underwriters, bond counsels, utilities, chambers of commerce, real estate developers, business incubators, workforce organizations, and private corporations. The NYSEDC Economic Development Awards program recognizes the state’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, influential leaders, and rising stars. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the NYSEDC: The New York State Economic Development Council is the state’s principal, nonprofit membership organization representing public, private, and nonprofit economic development professionals. Its mission is to provide strong leadership that delivers cost-effective value to members through advocacy, professional development, communications, and networking. NYSEDC has been serving New York’s economic development professionals for more than 30 years. Its 900+ members work to build vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities throughout New York state.

MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE ELECTS THREE NEW DIRECTORS TO JOIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND APPROVES SLATE OF OFFICERS

NEWS RELEASE
584 Phoenix Drive
Rome, New York 13441
Phone 315-338-0393

For immediate release:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Photos available upon request

MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE ELECTS THREE NEW DIRECTORS TO JOIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND APPROVES SLATE OF OFFICERS

The Mohawk Valley EDGE Board of Directors elected three new members to their 52 member board at their Annual Meeting this past December. A full slate of officers for this year were also elected for 2021.

Ronald Belle, CEO and President of AmeriCU Credit Union, and Ryan Thompson, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations of Rome Memorial Hospital, were both elected to 3-year term vacancies. Bill Bower, Vice President – Business Development Officer at Pathfinder Bank was elected to a vacancy with 2-years remaining on his term. In addition, Justin Hummel, CEO of Hummel’s Office Plus, and Geno DeCondo, Executive Director at Upstate Cerebral Palsy were elected as Vice-Chairs; Patrick Becher, Executive Director at Mohawk Valley Water Authority was elected as Treasurer. Mr. Rocco F. Arcuri Sr. is the current Chair of the Board of Directors and is serving his final year of a two year term.

“We’re excited to fill our board with three new members who will bring distinct expertise and insight to our efforts to advance the Mohawk Valley’s economy,” said EDGE Board Chair Rocco Arcuri. “We have worked intentionally to ensure MV EDGE’s Board of Directors represents a variety of experts from higher education, local leadership, and regional business, and our newest board members are no exception.”

Mohawk Valley EDGE’s Board of Directors is currently comprised of 52 business and community leaders from Herkimer and Oneida Counties. These directors represent our region’s economic fabric including the finance and insurance sector, advanced technology, manufacturing, higher education, and medical among many others.

“Members of the Board represent the top employers and community leaders in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. As EDGE works to assist our local companies and attract new businesses to the region it is important for the Board to understand our region and support our mission,” said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo.

Mohawk Valley EDGE is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to strengthening and growing the economy of the Mohawk Valley.

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Contact: Jennifer Waters, 315-338-0393