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Picente pushing for Marcy Nano-Tech Center

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The push for the Marcy Nano-Tech Center is not a new one, but if that day comes, the County Executive wants to make sure the workforce is prepared. Our Cara Thomas tells us about a new initiative with the goal of training the region so they’re ready for the potential opening of the NanoCenter.

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- "I believe so much in the Marcy project, that I believe it is time we look to the next step," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente during his State of the County Address.

Picente has spent years developing plans to bring the proposed Marcy NanoCenter to life. A nanochip fabrication plant, which could bring hundreds of jobs to the Mohawk Valley. But over the years, many people have had their doubts.

"They said you will never get water there. We did. You will never get the Parkway built. We did. You will never get sewer connections there. We did," said Picente.

So the county is looking towards the future, believing this facility will eventually be built. And when that day comes, they want to be ready.

Picente said, "I am calling for the creation of Vision 2020. This initiative will develop the roadmap we need."

"We're going to start working on trying to develop the workforce, by creating job training programs, we're going to start working with local employers to develop the necessary skill sets that they will need to assist there," said David Mathis, Oneida County’s Workforce Development Director.

The Vision 2020 program will also reach out to educational institutions, preparing students at the high school and college levels for a potential career at the Marcy NanoCenter.

"The county executive is saying let's get ready now, let's start making some assumptions and some gambles, but that's what life is," said Mathis.

But there are still a few things that need to happen before this facility can be built. Project organizers are working to find an end user for the site, and they're also waiting for approval on a wetland permit.

"Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, if there is one thing you can do for this region, get us the wetlands permit," said Picente.

He says the county will continue to pursue this project. They will not give up, will not go away and will get the job done.

Picente will be working with Mohawk Valley Community College's President and the Oneida County Workforce Development Director on the Vision 2020 initiative. They'll be meeting later this week to get the ball rolling.

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