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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Joins Forces in Landmark Proposal to Establish NY SMART I-Corridor as Federal Tech Hub

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner in the collaborative proposal announced today by Senator Charles Schumer that aims to establish the New York Semiconductor Manufacturing and Research Technology Innovation Corridor Consortium (NY SMART I-Corridor) as a federally-designated Tech Hub. This joint effort involving Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse showcases the region's unparalleled potential to lead the charge in semiconductor manufacturing, innovation, and workforce development.

We commend the relentless efforts of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, whose visionary leadership and unwavering support have paved the way for this exciting opportunity.


“From Rochester to Buffalo to Syracuse the I-90 corridor has everything it takes to become America’s semiconductor superhighway. The NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hubs proposal would tap into Upstate NY’s booming microchip industry, training our workforce for tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and supercharging R&D, all while helping attract new major employers in supply chain industries and bringing manufacturing in this critical industry back to America."

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer

This proposed Tech Hub designation aligns perfectly with Greater Rochester Chamber’s mission to foster inclusive economic growth and prosperity in the Greater Rochester area, as the NY SMART I-Corridor holds the promise of propelling our region into a global powerhouse for semiconductor technology. By harnessing the strengths of each city – Rochester's rich history in research and innovation, Buffalo's manufacturing prowess, and Syracuse's technological expertise – we are poised to shape the future of microchip manufacturing and drive economic transformation.


“The Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse region contains semiconductor and advanced manufacturing resources, talent, and scientific capabilities that rival any other in the United States – all within an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive. The NY SMART I-Corridor represents an incredible opportunity to further strengthen the collaboration between these three metro areas, creating a hub for advancement of industry-shaping semiconductor technology, enhanced national security, and a transformed Upstate New York economy.”

Bob Duffy, President & CEO, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce


As a proud partner in this transformational collaboration, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce stands fully behind this proposal. We express our gratitude to Senator Schumer, Congressman Morelle, and all the dedicated partners involved. Together, we are ready to unlock the boundless possibilities that lie ahead and ensure that the Greater Rochester area plays a central role in shaping America's technological future.


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