Upstate Defense Initiative to Strengthen New York’s Microelectronics Industry

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Upstate Defense Initiative Will Expand Workforce Development, Accelerate Startups, and Grow Microelectronics Manufacturers that Serve Defense Industry Needs.

Empire State Development (ESD) announced the launch of the Upstate Defense Initiative, funded by a $5 million award secured by its Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Bringing together NYSTARCenterState CEO, the Griffiss Institute, FuzeHub, and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the Upstate Defense Initiative will support workforce development, bolster supply chains and cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship to strengthen New York’s microelectronics and semiconductor industries. 

The $5 million funding was awarded to ESD through the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program, led by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. The program was created to support long-term community investments that strengthen innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing ecosystem nationwide. The Upstate Defense Initiative’s program partners will work collaboratively to expand programs, develop new resources and engage stakeholders in pursuit of key program objectives that will support the growth of the microelectronics and defense industries. 

Read the entire announcement here.


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