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Supporting New York State economic development initiatives

Steve Eckler,

OBG continues to partner with and support New York State to create economic opportunity.  Most recently, OBG participated in a Business Connection Forum co-sponsored by the Center for Economic Growth, Silicon Europe Worldwide, and NY Loves Nanotech.  The forum brought together North American and European companies and communities to discuss collaborative opportunities in Europe and New York related to nanotechnology and advanced electronics.  The forum culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between New York State and Silicon Europe Worldwide to formalize the continuing collaborative efforts related to research, innovation, and growth.

The timing of the forum, which included contingencies from Grenoble and Dresden, two of Europe’s largest microelectronic clusters, was deliberate as New York prepares for its participation at the 2017 SEMICON Europa, which will be held in Grenoble, France in November. SEMICON Europa, which is Europe’s largest microelectronics event, brings together a global contingency of the microelectronics supply chain.  New York’s public-private partnership, which includes Empire State Development, SUNY Poly, the many regional economic development organizations (EDOs), and economic development facing companies such as OBG, has targeted international microelectronic companies to achieve its goal of transformative investment within New York State’s tech corridor located between Buffalo and Albany.

OBG continues to support its EDO clients in advancing sites within the tech corridor by reducing time-to-market, designing and installing the required infrastructure, developing information to support informed decision-making, and engaging in dialogue with potential advanced manufacturing-based development opportunities at venues such as the Business Connection Forum.

This support complements OBG’s efforts to create opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations.  STEM occupations are among the highest paying, fastest growing and most influential in driving economic growth and innovation. OBG’s annual think-tank style competition (SPARK), which is hosted at select universities across the country, gives students the opportunity to solve real-world challenges addressing advanced manufacturing, energy, water, and environmental issues alongside industry. 

From services ranging from feeding the workforce development pipeline, reducing time-to-market, to providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) support to the advanced manufacturing business sector, OBG is an economic development partner creating positive social impact on communities across New York State and beyond.