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Mohawk Valley EDGE and O’Brien & Gere set to continue ‘Nano Utica’ initiative

SYRACUSE – On July 23, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 wetlands permit for the Marcy Nanocenter site, enabling the next phase of the $1.5 billion ‘Nano Utica’ initiative. This includes the construction of a 450-mm chip fabrication campus and significant local job creation that will further solidify New York’s global position as a leader in semiconductor manufacturing and nanotechnology.

For the past 15 years, Mohawk Valley EDGE, the economic development authority for the Mohawk Valley, and O’Brien & Gere have worked together to create a shovel-ready site to attract semiconductor manufacturing to Marcy Nanocenter, located on the newly merged College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute for Technology (SUNY IT) campus. Approval of the wetlands permit will enable the companies to continue site development plans and start preliminary site work for the ‘Nano Utica’ initiative, a private-public partnership, which will see the development of up to three semiconductor-manufacturing facilities.

“This permit approval marks an important milestone for O’Brien & Gere, Mohawk Valley EDGE, and CNSE in achieving high-tech development in the Mohawk Valley, while balancing environmental considerations,” said Jim Fox, O’Brien & Gere Chief Executive Officer. “This project aligns with our strategy and continued commitment to facilitate the industry-academic collaborations that are needed to attract economic growth, drive innovation, and create jobs throughout New York State.”

The permit is the culmination of nearly 10 months of work to strike a balance on securing the regulatory approvals required to develop a publicly owned site for economic development. It will focus on critical investments to create, protect, and restore environmentally sensitive sites and stream enhancement projects, including storm damaged areas within the Mohawk River Watershed.

O’Brien & Gere has supported EDGE in its objective of increasing the marketability of the site through the acquisition of the Army Corps’ permit, local permits, environmental reviews, and preliminary site design. O’Brien & Gere will continue to support EDGE in site development and construction phases, which will provide a time-to-market schedule advantage to Nanocenter tenants.

O’Brien & Gere has offices throughout New York State, including Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse, as well as a Utica location in the Mohawk Valley.

About O’Brien & Gere
O'Brien & Gere has become more than an engineering solutions company throughout its history of creating a better future since 1945. At the center of the Company’s story are clients ranging from advanced manufacturers to higher education, federal agencies, and municipalities. These clients trust O’Brien & Gere to deliver sustainable solutions and integrate innovative technology to solve the evolving advanced manufacturing, energy, environmental, and water challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information, see O’Brien & Gere’s 2013 Annual Report.

About Mohawk Valley EDGE
Mohawk Valley EDGE is a vertically integrated economic development organization that can assist your business to locate, grow, and prosper in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, in the center of New York State. As a private, not-for-profit corporation, EDGE is an integral part of the long-term effort by the public and private sectors to strengthen opportunities and open the door for new businesses and industries to locate and grow within the region. For more information, visit www.mvedge.org.