Those who live in the Southern Tier are excited by the news that the region was a winner in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), but many of our readers might wonder what this URI is all about.
In a nutshell, more than 100 economic development projects in eight counties will share $500 million, to be awarded over the next five years.
It’s a big deal for the region — and it is also a big deal for Binghamton University.
In Johnson City, the creation of the Health Sciences and Technology Innovation Park will encompass our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as the Decker School of Nursing, which will relocate to a reinvented Endicott Johnson shoe factory.
In the City of Binghamton, URI money will support the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator, which will provide resources to enable high-tech startups to grow and succeed. In Endicott, the URI will expand flexible-electronic manufacturing and 3-D printing processes already housed at former IBM sites.
On campus, we’ll build a battery dry room, an essential component of the work being done by Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham and his team at the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy.
These are just a few of the projects that will be supported by the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. You can learn more about the URI — and about people who impact Binghamton University — in this issue of Binghamton University Magazine.
President Harvey G. Stenger