NY SMART I-Corridor Applies for More Than $50 Million in Federal Funds

Posted on March 4, 2024

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The NY SMART I-Corridor, a consortium of partners from Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Ithaca, received a federal Tech Hub designation through a highly competitive process. Just 31 of 400 applicants earned the designation. Now, the NY SMART I-Corridor is applying for millions in federal funding through the Tech Hubs program to support five component projects: workforce, supply chain, innovation, commercialization and governance. 

"The Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse SMART I-Corridor region has a generational opportunity to build a globally leading semiconductor cluster as one in four American-made chips will be produced within 350 miles of the I-Corridor by 2033,” said Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “No other area will account for a greater share of domestic production, which represents a critical capacity building opportunity for the region. To meet this moment, leading civic institutions across our region have partnered to co-design solutions that will catalyze efforts through five component projects.  This proposal when executed will transform our economic competitiveness for generations while also impacting more immediate national security challenges. This corridor is poised and ready to lead and we thank Senator Schumer for sharing our vision and providing unwavering support for this application.”

CenterState CEO is one of three regional leading organizations, along with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and Rochester’s ROC2025.

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