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SUNY IT capping big year with REDC grants

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SUNY IT is capping off a big year for grants and stimulus with some more good news. Projects on campus are being awarded millions with the Regional Economic Development Council grants. YNN's Andrew Sorensen explains what the money will do for the region's bid as a top tech destination.

MARCY, N.Y. -- As the year turns over, things are definitely looking up for SUNY IT.

"It's really going to transform the region," said Dr. Robert Geer, Acting President.

Projects on the campus make up a significant part of the Regional Economic Development Council Grants for the Mohawk Valley announced Wednesday.

Geer, also the Mohawk Valley REDC, called it a shot in the arm for tech initiatives.

"We're very excited about, of course is the, how this region has embraced some of the nanotechnology opportunities," he said.

The Quad C, or Computer Chip Commercialization Center, scored more than $3 million worth of the grant.

"The vision is to be able to use this facility not only for the development, and manufacturing, and research that it's going to be used for, but also as a key hub for training people to take advantage of the new tech jobs that are coming," Geer said.

Another $3 million is slated to get the land ready for the Marcy Nano Center project.

They still don't have all the required permits, but Geer says they're coming.

"They've been working very closely with the Army Corps of Engineers regarding wetlands mitigation. They have a plan ready to go. And I think before too long you'll see a great deal of activity over on that site," he said.

The $6 million is nothing compared to the $1.5 billion committed for Nano Utica already this year, but the region was labeled a top performer, and local leaders believe the progress is spreading.

"I think it speaks to the momentum the region has gained over the last year especially in terms of technology development, especially in terms of business development. It was a great day for the region," said Geer.

Construction on the Quad C is scheduled to wrap up late in 2014.

There's no exact word on when ground could break on the Nano Center.

Other parts of the Mohawk Valley are set for big make-overs with the grants.

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