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Micron Semiconductor Plant receives $40 Million U.S. Tech Hub award

Boost for WNY Industries and Colleges: U.S. Support for Supply Chain and Workforce Training

The U.S. semiconductor industry is set to receive a significant boost thanks to the efforts of Senator Chuck Schumer and the recent CHIPS and Science Act. The act aims to encourage semiconductor makers to increase their presence in the U.S. and address supply chain concerns that arose during the pandemic.

Recently, the U.S. Commerce Department announced a $40 million award in taxpayer funding for a Tech Hub in support of the Micron plant in suburban Syracuse. This joint bid from Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse was selected, marking a significant victory for upstate New York.

Senator Schumer proudly declared the I-90 Corridor to become America’s Semiconductor Superhighway, highlighting the collaboration between colleges and businesses in the region to support the Micron project. The aim is to train a projected 20,000 or more upstate workers to meet the demand for skilled labor in the semiconductor industry.

Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra emphasized the strong university ecosystem in New York as a driving factor for the company’s expansion. Educational institutions will play a crucial role in providing workers with the necessary skills to succeed in the tech and supplier industries.

This initiative has garnered support from industry leaders like Rupa Shanmugam, CEO and President of the SoPark Corporation, who sees the potential for growth and job creation in companies like hers.

Overall, upstate New York, including Buffalo, is one of only 12 communities in the U.S. to receive a CHIPS Act award, demonstrating the region’s commitment to building America’s future in the semiconductor industry. With federal and state funding in place, the stage is set for upstate New York to become a hub for semiconductor manufacturing and workforce training.

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