June 3, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Awards $60 Million in Round 2 of NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $60 million to four innovative projects in round two of the competitive NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. The economic development projects, awarded $15 million each, were developed and submitted by collaborations among 19 SUNY universities and community colleges.


The NYSUNY 2020 initiative ties our world-class SUNY system with the States economic development goals to both create good jobs for New Yorkers and enhance our higher education curriculum and training and research programs, Governor Cuomo said. I am pleased to award a second round of these grants to projects that will make significant investments to our economy and will grow our agricultural, health, manufacturing, technology and clean energy sectors and overall boost the economy in Upstate New York.


SUNY colleges and universities in every region have teamed to spur immense economic development and job growth in answer to the Governors NYSUNY 2020 challenge and the projects moving forward as a result of round two show great promise for our campuses and New Yorks communities, said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. SUNYs systemness is indeed alive and well in New York State.


The Governor first unveiled the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program in May 2011. On August 9, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the NYSUNY 2020 bill into law, which provided a rational tuition policy for the SUNY and CUNY systems, maintenance of State funding invested into each system, and capital funding for SUNYs four university centers. Round two of the program was announced by the Governor in his 2012 State of the State address with a $60 million appropriation enacted as part of the 2012-13 State Budget. A third round of NYSUNY2020 of $55 million along with a first round of NYCUNY 2020 of $55 million were announced in the 2013 State of the State and included in the 2013-14 Budget.


The four projects below will receive $15 million each:


NYS Bioenergy Learning Collaborative: SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill; SUNY College of Technology at Delhi; and SUNY College of Agriculture at Morrisville.


The NYS Bioenergy Learning Collaborative (NYSBLC) proposes to develop three commercial-scale, one megawatt (1 MW) anaerobic biodigesters at each campus, resulting in energy production, waste reduction for the expanding dairy industry, and training academic and applied expertise for a scalable waste reduction energy producing initiative. The project helps to create an economical avenue to dispose of regional agricultural residuals including cow, horse and other livestock manure, and helps regional farms cost-effectively expand operations including increased capacity to handle waste from animals by supporting the expansion of Combined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) operations.


The project includes partnerships with yogurt producers Chobani and Fage, food processor Beech-Nut, local fast food restaurants including McDonalds and Burger King, Drainmasters, Price Chopper, Kraft Foods, MorningStar Dairy/Ultra Dairy, Freisland-Campania, Martin Growers and regional agricultural communities including dairy farms, feedlots, vegetable growers, apple growers, and other regional agri-businesses for feedstock supply.


The Collaborative is expected to create 200 construction jobs and 30 engineering and project management support jobs at each of the locations for a total of 690 jobs worth over $8 million. The project can also sustain approximately 75 private sector jobs in dairy production, food processing and yogurt manufacturing industries worth more than $3 million with $734,000 in payroll and benefits per year as academic support at the colleges.


SUNY Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; SUNY Upstate Medical University; SUNY Oswego; Onondaga Community College


This project establishes the Institute of Environmental Health & Environmental Medicine, the first of its kind in the nation, intersecting medicine, environment, engineering, entrepreneurship, technology and education. The Institute will expand new research, provide academic and industry collaborations, and offer associate through doctorate degrees with a focus on improving health through understanding the environments impact on health and medicine.


The Institute will leverage the strengths of four SUNY campuses and other regional partners to support teaching, research, health care and entrepreneurial activity. The Institute will collaborate with area industry partners including Welch Allyn, Colden Corporation, C&S, OBrien & Gere, and ConMed Corporation. The proposal to create the Institute complements the Central New York Regional Economic Development Councils Five-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. The project expects to create 400 construction jobs, 651 permanent jobs in the wireless technology field and other areas of development, and expanded student enrollments. It also expects to contribute to 20 patents and at least 22 new start-up companies in five years.


SUNY Manufacturing Alliance for Research and Technology Transfer: SUNY Institute of Technology; Ulster Community College; Dutchess Community College; Rockland Community College; Orange Community College; Westchester Community College; Mohawk Valley Community College; Herkimer Community College; and Morrisville State College.


Under this project, a manufacturing alliance of SUNY institutions will cooperatively develop curricula to meet the needs for an effective manufacturing workforce and continuing education requirements for manufacturing professionals. SUNY Manufacturing Alliance for Research and Technology Transfer (SMART) is a proposal from SUNYIT and its SMART partner institutions; Morrisville State College and seven community colleges (Ulster, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Westchester, Mohawk Valley, and Herkimer) that aims to use the awarded funding to leverage a 5:1 return on investment.


Through this collaboration, SMART will operate as the educational core for the Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM). CGAM will directly support manufacturers by coordinating education and training of the workforce and by providing incubation, acceleration and technology transfer facilities in the Mohawk Valley and the Mid-Hudson Valley regions. Training will take place in areas of high demand for both employers and students. This initiative will generate or preserve an estimated 1,700 jobs in the two regions through new product development; process improvements; access to regional, national and global supply chains; and employee training and education.


Retooling the Southern Tier: Alfred State; Broome Community College; Corning Community College; Jamestown Community College


This project responds to industry demand to provide more skilled and technical workers and to stimulate and grow the economy through the support and development of the local manufacturing base across the Southern Tier Region. The Retooling the Southern Tier Initiative is a direct match and training program with local advanced manufacturing companies that include Corning, Solepoxy, Raymond, and Alstom Air Preheater. It will expand manufacturing training programs by 50 percent to meet local demand.


The initiative will provide training courses for these companies for up to 300 students annually who will become qualified candidates for new and expanded manufacturing jobs. Training would be linked to stated needs of companies across the region and identified through a collaborative Industrial Advisory Board.


Each campus has plans to create a facility, develop training programs, implement and expand academic programs, while leveraging outside funds at a ratio of 1:1. With a long term economic impact, the Retooling the Southern Tier Initiative estimates that an additional 2,340 jobs will be introduced to the Southern Tier region by 2022, with an estimated 1,100 introduced within the first 3 years due to facility obligations, faculty hires, and industry hires and retention.