Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo detailed Start-Up NY and its potential benefits for the region at Jamestown Community College on Wednesday.
Close to 200 people packed the student center at the Hamilton Collegiate Center for Cuomo's visit. Acknowledged prior to the governor's speech was Mayor Sam Teresi, outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, state Assemblyman Andy Goodell and state Sen. Cathy Young.
The JCC campus saw a heavy security presence Wednesday for the visit, with many members of the Jamestown Police Department and Cuomo's security team visible.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with local and regional media Wednesday afternoon at Jamestown Community College.
P-J photo by Eric Tichy
Through Start-Up NY, communities could benefit from increased partnership between the private sector and the state's higher education institutions.
"We ended this year's session with a major initiative to jumpstart the economy: Start-Up NY, which will create tax-free communities around our SUNY schools to attract new private sector investment and employment opportunities," Cuomo said. "For years, Albany has not given Upstate New York the attention it deserves, but with the achievements of this legislative session, there can be no doubt that those days are over and gone."
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher called SUNY the "economic driver" in the state.
"We are now poised to create more opportunities for New Yorkers, foster new businesses and commercialization, and help transform communities all across the state," Zimpher said.
Young believes Start-Up NY will renew the local economy. She said the state is fortunate to have some of the best colleges and universities in the nation.
"Start-Up NY will maximize our potential and support the commercialization of research and technology being developed on our college campuses," she said. "The Start-Up NY program compliments the economic progress that we have made over the past three years by capping property taxes, giving tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, and making our business environment more competitive."
See Thursday's edition of The Post-Journal for more on Cuomo's visit.