By Tony Kurdziel, Business Development Manager
In November 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a clean-energy research campus on 90 acres of land along the Buffalo River calling this initiative the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub @ RiverBend. At the same announcement, SORAA and Silevo were named as the first two tenants. Recently, SolarCity announced plans to get into domestic gigawatt-scale PV cell and module production (via acquisition of Silevo) that would further transform Riverbend.
Why New York? Partially because we have invested in developing properties such as Riverbend and the 1,250 acre development site , WNY STAMP. But more moreover, we are home a number of important assets that support a high-tech corridor, including:
- Existing Fabs –IBM, Global Foundaries and multiple development sites created with the semicon industry in mind – STAMP, Marcy, Luther Forest
- Top semiconductor industry suppliers like ASML, AMAT, TEL, Praxair, Edwards Vacuum
- Rare infrastructure, especially low-cost, highly reliable hydropower and affordable, plentiful process water
- Deep connectivity with regional universities that support R&D and workforce needs
- Six AAU universities across the New York state
- Public-private partnerships, with more than $20 billion invested across New York by major players in the industry
- Federal and state representatives that strongly support the semiconductor industry
If you are attending Semicon West, July 8-10 in San Francisco, CA, stop by booth #2411. The New York Loves Nanotechnology team will be there to discuss the region’s resources and advantages.