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New York’s Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy 
Bulmer Telecommunications Center

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY

Wednesday, 3 April, 1pm-5:15pm
Thursday, 4 April, 9am-5pm

The goal of the conference is to engage New York business and political leaders with high-level U.S. government officials and others positioned to help drive innovation, business formation, and growth in New York.  We plan to convene local and national leaders, including notables such as Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Alain Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and CEO of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY-Albany; Ajit Manocha, CEO of GlobalFoundries; Congressman Paul Tonko of New York; and Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the SUNY system, to highlight the accomplishments and growth of the nanotech cluster in the greater Capital Region and its contributions to the innovation ecosystem throughout New York, while also identifying needs, challenges, and opportunities.  A key focus of the conference is to explore not only what has been achieved but, equally importantly, what needs to be done to ensure the region’s future.   


The conference will allow for a review of the nanotech cluster as a model for innovation-based growth, while also discussing the New York innovation ecosystem more broadly.  The event will help identify areas where federal, state, university, and non-profit contributions can generate further positive synergies.  The meeting will also draw attention to the scale and focus of foreign competitive programs and consider their implications for New York and the nation, and highlight New York’s potential as a center for innovation.  The National Academy plans to issue a report based on the conference that will reinforce these goals and enhance understanding of the accomplishments and potential of the state.  

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