The Booz Allen Hamilton company is expanding its Rome operations at an additional site at Griffiss Business and Technology Park and will create 60 new jobs, the Empire State Development (ESD) economic development agency announced Friday.
The company plans to invest $1.6 million to build, equip and outfit a new 14,000-square-foot faciilty being constructed through a partnership between Griffiss Local Development Corporation and New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC).
The new building, at 99 Otis St., also will be occupied by NYSTEC on the second floor in a previously announced expansion for its Rome headquarters location. Work on the building began near the end of last year.
A Fortune 500 company based in McLean, Va., Booz Allen Hamilton is a global technology and management consulting firm with expertise in analytics, digital solutions, engineering and cybersecurity. It supports the aerospace market with an emphasis on cyber technologies, testing and evaluation, and system and software engineering. The company has been a longtime contractor associated with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, said Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo.
“Already employing 158 people here in Rome, Booz Allen Hamilton will grow their job base by another 60 professional positions supporting the important mission of cyber technologies at the Griffiss Park,” Izzo commented.
Booz Allen Hamilton has committed to creation of 60 new jobs and retention of 158 existing jobs, according to the announcement. ESD is supporting the jobs with a performance-based capital grant totaling $300,000.
The company currently has a site at 500 Avery Lane at Griffiss. It is not vacating that site, and “this is an expansion to their footprint in Rome,” said Jennifer Waters, vice president of business development and communications at the Mohawk Valley EDGE economic development corporation.
“We’re proud of the workforce we’ve built in Rome, and Mohawk Valley offers a diverse talent pool that we are eager to tap,” said Brian Gunderson, Vice President at Booz Allen. “We look forward to further drawing on the region’s highly skilled residents as we expand our capacity to serve clients with innovative, transformational technology solutions to meet their mission-critical needs.”
Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said the company’s expansion “will continue to grow the Mohawk Valley’s cybersecurity and technology ecosystem, bringing jobs and opportunity to Rome and to the region.”
Among local officials’ comments:
• EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo said “we are seeing unprecedented growth due to increases in AFRL’s technology portfolio with emerging opportunities in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Quantum computing. Booz Allen Hamilton is a critical part of the C4I technology cluster at Griffiss and we applaud the company’s decision to expand its presence at Griffiss.”
• The project “will bring an enormous benefit to Rome and to the cybersecurity/tech ecosystem in the Mohawk Valley....,” said Elis DeLia, Griffiss Local Development Corporation Chair. “We are seeing an exponential increase in growth both from the Air Force Research Lab and the high technology companies that surround it. Having the space at 99 Otis St. next to the Air Force Research Lab available for lease came at the perfect time for Booz Allen Hamilton to grow their operation.”
• State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, is “looking forward to the new opportunities that this project will bring with it,” adding “this expansion will build upon the important work that is already taking place” at Griffiss.
• Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, said “the technology sector is already a pivotal part of our regional economy, and this expansion will mean more good-paying jobs and innovative opportunities.”
• Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said “the technology, UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and cybersecurity assets we possess at...Griffiss...continue to pay dividends and foster economic growth throughout the region.”
• Izzo said the “new NYSTEC facility provides the perfect mix of new, modern office space with convenient access to AFRL, Griffiss International Airport and the...UAS test site.”