INFICON Celebrates Landmark SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub Designation in Upstate New York

$40 Million Federal Funding to Transform Upstate NY into the "Semiconductor Superhighway," Boosting Innovation and Workforce Development

NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub INFICON Syracuse US

On July 2nd 2024, INFICON participated in the future of the semiconductor industry in America. The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced that the NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub in New York was designated as one of the 12 Tech Hub award winners in the nation. We had the honor of hosting U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as he announced the NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub locally. This designation will bring $40 million in federal funding to Upstate New York and make the region the “NY Semiconductor Superhighway.”

“This is a monumental victory for the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse region as the first major Tech Hub award in the nation. From the fields near Syracuse that will become Micron’s massive mega-fab to the cutting-edge research labs in Rochester and workers learning these manufacturing skills in Buffalo, this award helps connect the region to seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity and establish Upstate NY as the heart of America’s semiconductor industry."
Chuck Schumer
U.S. Senate Majority Leader
NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub Chuck Schumer
NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub Chuck Schumer

The NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub Coalition is made up of 100+ partners in industry, academia, labor, non-profit, government and other private sector members. INFICON is a proud part of this coalition and celebrates with its partners on this investment in the region’s future in semiconductor manufacturing, research and technological advances.

New York SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub INFICON Syracuse
New York SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub INFICON Syracuse
“INFICON is proud to be a member of the NY Smart I-Corridor and thrilled the phase 2 application was successful. Collaborating on innovations for the semiconductor market is in INFICON’s DNA, and the success of this consortium’s application is testament that together we can accomplish more."
Hannah Henley
President, INFICON Inc. in Syracuse

"We’re looking forward to working even closer with Syracuse University, University of Buffalo, Monroe Community College, Empire State Development and all members of the consortium to accelerate solutions for the next generation semiconductor workforce development, innovation, commercialization and supply chain needs. I am very thankful to Senator Schumer for his vision and persistence in helping to make the Tech Hub initiative a reality for the region," Henley said.

Along with the Senator and Hannah, we heard from Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon; CenterState CEO President, Rob Simpson; Syracuse University Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, J. Michael Haynie; Greg Lancette, President of the Central-Northern NY Building & Construction Trades Council; and Syracuse Mayor, Ben Walsh, on the importance of this designation to our area and the impact on jobs to the community.

To learn more about the designation, click here.

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