Some $16 million in capital improvements at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome is among highlights cited by Mohawk Valley Edge, Oneida County’s main economic-development organization in its new annual report.
Formally known as Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprise, EDGE is a private, not-for-profit corporation that coordinated economic development in Oneida County. Its headquarters is at the business park.
Among the improvements at the park cited in EDGE’s annual report is the $9.2 million new headquarters at 99 Otis St. for NYSTEC, the New York State Technology Enterprise Corp. It is a not-for-profit technology and business consulting organization formed to help convert the former Griffiss Air Force Base to a business park by providing expertise to public agencies and businesses. It has about 170 employees spread across New York state, with about 35 based in an office building elsewhere in the park.
Other capital improvements at the park include Kris-Tech Wire’s fourth expansion, and a 20,000-square-foot retrofit by Alion Science and Technology at its 775 Daedalian Drive location to add 15 employees to its existing 55, according to EDGE. The Route 825 Parkway through the park was completed, including installation of the last of the metal sculptures in the traffic roundabouts.
EDGE also secured a $2 million Commercialization Academy Grant from Empire State Development, which helps commercialize Air Force technology through the unit at Griffiss known as the Rome Lab.
• An outreach campaign to more than 320 local businesses.
• Attendance at more than 30 trade shows and industry events.
• Urban redevelopment projects in Utica, Rome, and Sherrill.
• Infrastructure improvements and marketing of the Marcy Nanocenter site near SUNY Polytechnic.
• Landing the “Top Performer” Award for the fourth year in a row and $85.4 million for 77 projects in the annual state regional competition.
• Two grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Jones Family Farm and Paris Compression Molding.
Five grants in partnership with Oneida County to Riverhawk Company, Paris Compression Molding, Joe’s Jerky, Audioptix, and Adirondack Barrel Cooperage
• Thirteen projects through the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency that added 93 new jobs, retained 1,186 and catalyzed $97.5 million in new investment.
“Over the past 10 years the Mohawk Valley has seen 3 percent growth in millennials, 12 percent growth in gross metro product, 34 percent growth in global exports, and 13 percent growth in annual wages,” EDGE President Steve DiMeo said in a statement.
“Our key regional indicators are all trending positively, from growth in our priority industry sectors to an increase in high school graduation rates. The path we chose so many years ago has led us to a very different place than that from which we embarked: a better, brighter, and stronger Mohawk Valley. Our work in 2018 exemplified these efforts and we look forward to an even better 2019 and beyond.”