January 10, 2023
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Announces GO SEMI: the Governor’s Office of Semiconductor Expansion, Management, and Integration

Governor Hochul Announces GO SEMI: the Governor’s Office of Semiconductor Expansion, Management, and Integration

Office to Lead and Centralize Efforts to Implement Micron’s $100 Billion Investment in Central New York

Develops and Advances Policies to Attract Semiconductor Industry, Supply Chain, and Skilled Workers to New York

Coordinates Workforce Development and Community Investments to Support Local Community

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced GO SEMI: the Governor’s Office of Semiconductor Expansion, Management, and Integration to oversee Micron’s historic $100 billion investment for a new megafab in Central New York and to lead a broader effort to develop New York’s semiconductor industry as part of the 2023 State of the State. GO SEMI, led by Empire State Development, will be supported by experts from numerous state agencies and will work in coordination with our federal and local partners and oversee investments in the semiconductor industry, and will shape and implement a broader, national model for maximizing industry and community returns on such public/private partnerships.

“Micron’s historic investment in New York State will create thousands of jobs, cement our manufacturing leadership, and is a testament to businesses seeing opportunities to relocate, grow and thrive in our state,” Governor Hochul said. “Our forward-thinking new GO SEMI office will build on that groundbreaking momentum, bringing public and private sector partners together to attract even more investment, jobs and businesses to New York State.”

The creation of GO SEMI comes on the heels of Micron’s unprecedented $100 billion investment in Central New York to build the largest memory chip fab in the world, and the unprecedented opportunity for growth resulting from New York’s Green CHIPS program and the federal CHIPs and Science Act. The Micron project was the result of a historic federal, state and local partnership led by Governor Hochul, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.

Micron will create nearly 50,000 jobs statewide – 9,000 new high-paying Micron jobs with an average annual salary of over $100,000 and over 40,000 community jobs – and create thousands of prevailing wage construction jobs. When complete, the complex will include the nation's largest clean room space at approximately 2.4 million square feet, the size of nearly 40 football fields.

Consistent with New York State's nation-leading Green CHIPS Act, Micron will draw its electricity from 100 percent renewable sources and make far reaching sustainability commitments. Micron will also implement a half-billion-dollar community investment framework to ensure that the project benefits the people and communities of Central New York.

GO SEMI will lead and centralize efforts to implement the Micron project; develop and advance policies to attract the semiconductor industry and its supply chain; coordinate workforce development and community investments between local, state, federal, and private partners; lead efforts to create, attract and retain the highly skilled workforce needed; and support cohesive development focused on smart growth principles.

Micron’s historic investment adds to New York's already robust semiconductor industry, with which GO SEMI will work closely. New York is currently home to 76 semiconductor companies that employ over 34,000 New Yorkers, including global industry leaders like GlobalFoundries, Wolfspeed, onsemi, and IBM. New York is also home to the world-renowned Albany Nanotech Complex, which is a multibillion-dollar public-private partnership, comprising the most advanced, publicly owned, 300-millimeter semiconductor research and development facility and bringing together premier universities and leading industry players to drive cutting-edge chip development.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “The historic and transformational Micron agreement demonstrates the power of public private partnerships at every level to bring tangible benefits to the people of New York State. GO-SEMI will allow experts from across state agencies to work collaboratively to implement plans and policies that will be paramount to New York State’s success in key areas such as workforce development, smart growth, community investment, sustainability and other important elements as well as set a model for equitable and sustainable growth in the semiconductor industry for the rest of the nation to follow.”

In addition to Empire State Development, participating agencies and authorities include the Department of Labor, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York Power Authority, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Department of Environmental Conservation, Homes and Community Renewal, Department of Public Service and State University of New York and NY CREATES.

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