Industry demand for integrated photonics has historically been driven by the need for higher-performance networking, especially in telecom and datacenter applications. More recently, the technology has seen a surge of interest in the context of high-performance computing systems for training and running large-scale machine learning models. It also has wider applications, including imaging, sensing, and optical accelerators for computing.

Integrated photonics technology uses standard semiconductor manufacturing processes to fabricate chips containing microscopic optical elements, such as waveguides, beam-splitters, lasers, and detectors. PsiQuantum is developing a large-scale photonic quantum computer in which these components are repurposed to generate and manipulate single photons – particles of light – which are then used to encode quantum information. Several other quantum computing efforts are also beginning to integrate photonic devices into their systems, as they seek to scale from proof-of-principle single-chip systems toward utility-scale, error-corrected quantum computers.

PsiQuantum’s strategy aims to accelerate the path to the considerable volume, yield, and performance required for very large, impactful quantum computers by leveraging the standard manufacturing processes, tools, and materials of the semiconductor industry.

Now, a new partnership between the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES) and PsiQuantum is expected to open new avenues for technological advancements, facilitating the development of these quantum technology solutions that can have far-reaching implications. By leveraging each organization’s respective expertise and resources, NY CREATES and PsiQuantum aim to significantly advance the integrated photonics landscape with far-reaching applications in quantum computing, telecommunications, and many more.

NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex is the largest and most advanced, public/private 300mm semiconductor R&D center in North America, and it includes state-of-the-art tools within a flexible research environment that supports rapid learning cycles – all of which will enable PsiQuantum, through this collaboration, to accelerate its technical roadmap to deliver the world’s first large-scale, error-corrected quantum computer.

One of the first activities of the partnership focuses on integrating ultra low-loss waveguides with Barium Titanate (BTO), a pioneering ultra-high performance optical material. Practically, this involves precisely bonding wafers of silicon photonics, such as those being built by PsiQuantum in New York, on top of wafers of BTO, produced in PsiQuantum’s facility in San Jose, California.

“This collaboration between NY CREATES and PsiQuantum marks a critical step forward in the development of quantum switching circuits,” said David Anderson, President of NY CREATES. “By combining our collective expertise and the world-class capabilities available at our Albany NanoTech Complex, we are poised to push the boundaries of what is possible in the field of quantum technology. We are excited about the potential impact this partnership can have on industries such as telecommunications, where advanced switching capabilities are in high demand.”

“We are thrilled to partner with NY CREATES on this groundbreaking research and development endeavor,” said Fariba Danesh, Chief Operating Office at PsiQuantum. “This unique joint-development research environment has enabled us to access cutting-edge tools, accelerate our learning cycles, and drive innovation at an unprecedented pace. Our collaboration represents a significant opportunity to develop switching circuits with the potential to outperform existing technologies and integrate them into the foundry ecosystems for volume production.”



NY CREATES is a technology accelerator focused on driving innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. By leveraging New York State’s unique assets, including leading academic institutions, industry partners, and government agencies, NY CREATES fosters breakthrough technologies, supports startups, and facilitates partnerships to address critical challenges and drive positive societal impact. NY CREATES oversees some of the most advanced facilities in the world, boasts more than 2,700 industry experts and faculty, and manages public and private investments of more than $20 billion – placing it at the global epicenter of high-tech innovation and commercialization. Learn more at www.ny-creates.org. 

About PsiQuantum
Powered by breakthroughs in silicon photonics and fault-tolerant quantum architecture, PsiQuantum is building the first utility-scale quantum computer to solve some of the world’s most important challenges. PsiQuantum’s approach is based on single-photon qubits, which have significant advantages at the scale required to deliver a fault-tolerant, general-purpose quantum computer. With photonic chips manufactured in world-leading semiconductor fabs, PsiQuantum is uniquely positioned to deliver quantum capabilities reaching the scale needed to drive advances in climate technologies, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, finance, energy, agriculture, transportation, communications and beyond. To learn more, visit www.psiquantum.com.


NY CREATES Contact: Steve Ference | (518) 424-6029 | sference2@ny-creates.org
PsiQuantum Contact: Caleb Randall-Bodman |


While Leading A Bipartisan Congressional Delegation In Asia Earlier This Week, Schumer – Always With Upstate NY On His Mind – Met With The Korean President & Urged Korea To Expand Their Research At NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex – Which They Agreed To Do

New Commitment Will Help Expand Advanced Chip R&D And Student & Faculty Exchanges With The Republic Of Korea; Schumer Says Global Recognition Strengthens Capital Region Even Further To Become Major Hub For The National Semiconductor Technology Center

Schumer: NY CREATES’ Groundbreaking Research At The Albany NanoTech Complex Is Recognized Around The Globe, And Now Korea Will Join NY In Helping Make New Discoveries For The Future Of Chip Research

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a personal meeting in Seoul with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol earlier this week, secured a commitment that the Republic of Korea will partner with the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES) on advanced semiconductor technology research & development at the Albany NanoTech Complex. This builds on the joint declaration signed earlier this year to promote collaboration and partnership between NY CREATES and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT). Schumer said this new international collaboration with the Republic of Korea will further propel NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex as a premier global center for semiconductor research, and strengthen the facility as an ideal major hub for the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) that was established in the CHIPS & Science Act.

“Even halfway across the globe in South Korea, I always have the Capital Region and Upstate NY on my mind. During my meeting with South Korean President Yoon, I raised how important it was for our countries to work together on advanced technologies from semiconductors to AI, so our scientists and students could learn from each other to help spur innovation and take us to the next frontier,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to say that President Yoon agreed, and personally committed to growing South Korea’s partnerships with New York on research & development for semiconductors and other advanced technologies, including a collaboration with NY CREATES at its Albany NanoTech Complex. This will help bring researchers, Korean universities and companies to the Albany NanoTech Complex’s world-renowned facilities. Governments and industry partners from around the world continue to recognize that Albany NanoTech is the place to be for cutting-edge semiconductor research. In fact, President Yoon made clear that the U.S. and Korea working together on advanced technology is key to the alliance between our two countries, and that New York is central to that effort.”

“This partnership with the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology is the latest step in our mission to make New York State a chipmaking superpower,” Governor Hochul said. “Research institutions like Albany NanoTech are the engines behind our state’s drive to attract, expand, and innovate the semiconductor industry, and with steady state support and the Majority Leader’s continued advocacy, we will keep tapping the best minds from New York and abroad to build our competitive edge in this sector and plan the future of chip manufacturing in our state.”

“We are grateful for Senator Schumer’s steadfast efforts and President Yoon’s commitment for Korea to partner with NY CREATES for semiconductor-based R&D. Meaningful international collaborations with our allies are important for developing critical next-gen technologies and further establishing NY CREATES and Upstate New York as an international hub for innovation-centered partnerships by leveraging our world-class resources and facilities, high-tech expertise, and workforce development initiatives,” said NY CREATES President Dave Anderson. “We are excited about the opportunities to collaborate with global tech leaders, and we look forward to finding ways to bolster domestic research and production capabilities right here in New York and the U.S., while also supporting our partners around the world.”

The direct commitment Schumer was able to secure in Korea will build on months of ongoing conversations between the Republic of Korea and NY CREATES to expand R&D, academic research, and student & faculty exchanges. Earlier this year, NY CREATES and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) signed a joint declaration to promote collaboration and partnership between the two organizations in the field of technological innovation, with a primary focus on semiconductors. The agreement was signed in Washington, D.C., during the official state visit of President Yoon. At the signing ceremony, NY CREATES President David Anderson and KIAT President Byung-joo Min were joined by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Republic of Korea Minister of Technology, Industry, and Energy Lee Chang Yang. The agreement between NY CREATES and KIAT promotes cooperation in innovation, education, and workforce development between companies and educational institutions from Korea and New York. NY CREATES will support the U.S. component of the collaboration by providing access to its world-leading facilities for R&D and prototyping – the Albany NanoTech Complex – as well as scientists and researchers. Since this initial agreement was struck, efforts have been underway to formalize Korean support for the partnership, including putting in place specific programs and Korean investment. President Yoon’s commitment to Schumer now solidifies a path forward to finalizing that partnership.

Schumer has fought tirelessly to lift up the Capital Region and Upstate New York as a major hub to lead the nation in semiconductor manufacturing and research. Most recently, Schumer announced that following his push, NORDTECH, a New York-based consortium led by NY CREATES in partnership with Cornell, RPI, the University at Albany CNSE, and IBM, was one of the first major recipients of funding through his CHIPS & Science Act, securing $40 million through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Microelectronic Commons Program. Earlier this year, Schumer also personally invited NY CREATES head Dave Anderson to President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address to highlight his push to land the NSTC in the Capital Region. Prior to the passage of the CHIPS & Science Act, Schumer not only brought the Commerce Secretary to Malta to highlight opportunities for expansion at GlobalFoundries and across Upstate New York’s semiconductor industry, but also arranged for Secretary Raimondo to meet with NY CREATES and industry leaders, including from IBM and Applied Materials, to discuss the unique assets the region has for leading the NSTC.  Schumer also brought Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves to Albany to tour the Albany NanoTech Complex and see firsthand how the Capital Region is perfectly suited to stand up the NSTC and begin boosting the nation’s semiconductor industry.

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NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Statement on NSTC Board Selection

NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Statement on NSTC Board Selection

“Today is a major step forward in fulfilling the vision of the U.S. Chips & Science Act. First, we extend both our congratulations and gratitude to the incoming board of trustees for the National Semiconductor Technology Center. We also want to thank the selection committee for their time and effort, and commend their choices as the trustees are an experienced, diverse, and accomplished group of leaders. NY CREATES is ready to play a leading role in this critical effort to bolster research and development in the U.S., which will help to boost domestic manufacturing and lead to the creation of good jobs and exciting new technologies that will improve our lives. Thanks to years of investment, preparation, and support from officials like Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Governor Kathy Hochul, and the New York Congressional Delegation, NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex is equipped to support the NSTC from Day 1. Whether it’s our world-class semiconductor R&D capabilities that are unmatched in the U.S. or decades of successfully managing industry partnerships, academic collaborations, and workforce development initiatives, NY CREATES already has all the necessary pieces in place to serve as the headquarters and a primary hub of the NSTC.”

-Dave Anderson
NY CREATES President

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NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Discusses NYS’ Innovation Infrastructure on Policy Outsider

NY CREATES President Dave Anderson Discusses NYS' Innovation Infrastructure on Policy Outsider

David Anderson, president of NY CREATES, an innovation hub headquartered at the Albany NanoTech Complex, joined Policy Outsider to take us into the workings of the semiconductor industry and offer insight into how New York State’s tightly woven research and economic development tapestry supports and drives advanced technologies and manufacturing.

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Bob Megna, president, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Dave Anderson, president, NY CREATES

Dec. 13, 2022



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NORDTech, A Consortium Of NY Defense And Semiconductor Manufacturing Powerhouses Including NY CREATES, UAlbany, Cornell University, RPI, IBM And More, Is Among First In The Nation To Tap Major Fed Investment From Schumer’s CHIPS And Science Act

Schumer Created DoD’s Microelectronic Commons Program To Encourage Commercialization Of Key Tech For U.S. Microelectronics And Designers, Bringing R&D From ‘Lab To Fab’ To Launch New Companies, Support The NY Semiconductor Workforce, And Secure This Critical Technology For National Security

Schumer: We Are Building Future Of America’s Semiconductor Industry Here In NY— And Now First Major Award From CHIPS & Science Act Is Here To Supercharge New York’s Chip Companies And Workforce!

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a New Yorkbased consortium has been awarded $40 million from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Microelectronic Commons Program.  This funding is one of the first major CHIPS awards from Schumer’s CHIPS & Science Act and will establish the infrastructure of the hub, allowing partners to bolster workforce training programs for the semiconductor industry and add new state-of-the-art microelectronics equipment.

The consortium, known as the Northeast Regional Defense Technology Hub (NORDTech), led by NY CREATES, the University at Albany’s College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering (CNSE), Cornell University, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and IBM, will bring together academia, industry, and government organizations to help supercharge New York’s booming chips industry to spur innovation, attract new companies, strengthen the workforce, and bolster this industry, which is vital to America’s national security.

“This first-ever Department of Defense Microelectronics Commons Hub award is booster fuel for the rocket that is Upstate New York’s booming microchip manufacturing industry. With New York as one of the first major CHIPS awards recipients, it is clear the feds are recognizing what I have long known, New York is the home of America’s semiconductor future. This $40 million Microelectronic Commons Hub will make sure research is turned into new companies and new jobs and supercharge New York’s semiconductor workforce, adding new state-of-the-art lab equipment to facilities across the state, and bringing new discoveries from lab to fab,” said Senator Schumer. “With the first major funding from my CHIPS & Science law on the way, there is no greater glowing welcome sign to say New York will be America’s semiconductor superhighway. And this is just the start! From the Capital Region to Central NY to New York City, this major award from the Department of Defense will help us seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in cutting-edge semiconductor technology and to train our workers to make major chip investments in the state like Micron and GlobalFoundries’ proposed expansion a success and ensure the next major breakthroughs for semiconductors are discovered here in New York State.”

“This transformative federal grant is not only a major investment in New York’s chips ecosystem – it’s an acknowledgment of everything we’ve accomplished so far to establish Chips Country in our state,” Governor Hochul said. “From our groundbreaking Green CHIPS legislation to Micron’s historic $100 billion commitment for a new campus creating 50,000 jobs in Central New York, we are laying the groundwork for a global hub for semiconductor businesses right here in New York State. I thank Majority Leader Schumer for his leadership in passing the federal CHIPS and Science Act and his help in securing this funding, and I look forward to a continued partnership with all of the local, state, and federal stakeholders as we advance our mission to bring the jobs and the businesses of the future to New York.”

This funding comes from the $2 billion CHIPS for America Defense Fund which Schumer helped establish in his CHIPS & Science Act. Schumer first successfully authorized the creation of the DoD Microelectronics Commons program as part of the authorization of the first-ever federal chips incentives and R&D programs in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2021.  Schumer then included in his U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) $52 billion in mandatory funding to implement these incentive and R&D programs, including $2 billion for the DoD Microelectronics Commons program. After passing the Senate in June 2021, USICA was eventually combined with similar House-passed legislation to become the CHIPS and Science Act, which was signed into law in August 2022.

Schumer wrote to Defense Secretary Austin in support of the consortium and pulled out all the stops to deliver this support for NORDTech, including also personally calling the Defense Secretary to advocate for the proposal. He explained that with the funding, NORDTech, along with over 60 regional partners across the Northeast, will leverage their resources to sustain technology leadership and strengthen the New York regional ecosystem in semiconductors. NORDTech was one of eight hubs selected nationwide.

The $40 million in Department of Defense funds announced today will establish the NORDTech Hub infrastructure and processes. This will include new semiconductor-focused capital equipment located at several NORDTech member sites across New York State, as well as the people and processes that will rapidly make these key capabilities easily accessible to NORDTech members who conduct DoD-prioritized technical projects and workforce training opportunities. The membership includes NY CREATES at the Albany NanoTech Complex, University at Albany, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, Cornell University, the Griffiss Institute, Mohawk Valley Community College, the NY CREATES Test Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility located in Rochester, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and many more.

As an awardee of this competition to help establish the national Microelectronics Commons, the NORDTech Hub enables its member participants to pursue further funding through subsequent DoD funding opportunities for multi-million-dollar investment in microelectronics prototyping projects and workforce development activities. The senator said this investment is a force multiplier in New York State, because those small, medium, and large employers can then use the distributed NORDTech Hub in the Microelectronics Commons network to achieve technical project goals and workforce goals, helping launch next-generation semiconductor-based technology in a range of industries, and is delivering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to launch rewarding, highly skilled careers across the semiconductor supply network in New York State.

Schumer said this funding will also help lay the groundwork to ensure ongoing semiconductor projects are a success and to land additional federal funding for opportunities like becoming the major hub of the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) in the Capital Region at NY CREATES’ Albany NanoTech Complex. Schumer has long said that the Albany NanoTech Complex is the most “shovel-ready” R&D facility in the country and ready to quickly stand up the NSTC. The multibillion-dollar Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced, publicly-owned, 300-millimeter semiconductor R&D facility in North America, has well-established partnerships with industry leaders, workforce training providers, and top academic research institutions across the country, including in critical logic and packaging capabilities, and is set up to immediately begin supporting the needs of the broader semiconductor ecosystem, including startups, small businesses, and the workforce. The site and its partners have a long record of accomplishment of groundbreaking research that has led to successful technology transfer, translating research into manufacturing.

Schumer has fought tirelessly to uplift the Capital Region and Upstate New York as a major hub to lead the nation in semiconductor manufacturing and research. Early this year, Schumer personally invited NY CREATES President David Anderson to President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address to highlight his push to land the NSTC in the Capital Region. Prior to the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, Schumer not only brought the Commerce Secretary to Malta to highlight opportunities for expansion at GlobalFoundries and across Upstate New York’s semiconductor industry, but also arranged for Secretary Raimondo to meet with NY CREATES and industry leaders, including from IBM and Applied Materials, to discuss the unique assets the region has for leading the NSTC.  Schumer also brought Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves to Albany to tour the Albany NanoTech Complex and see firsthand how the Capital Region is perfectly suited to stand up the NSTC and begin boosting the nation’s semiconductor industry.

The DoD’s Microelectronic Commons, funded by Schumer’s CHIPS and Science Act, is a network of microelectronics R&D infrastructure investments, including facilities, support for an ecosystem of companies of all sizes, and workforce development designed to empower industry and researchers in working with the DoD’s efforts in microelectronics development. With the creation of regional ecosystems funded by the DoD program, each focusing on key technology areas, the Microelectronics Commons will close the gap between research ideas and realization of those ideas, translating more research into new technology, new companies, and expansion of existing companies. The Commons is designed to enable sustained partnerships between emerging technology sources, manufacturing facilities, and interagency partners. It also works to develop a pipeline of talent to bolster local semiconductor economies and contribute more broadly to the growth of a domestic semiconductor workforce. Learn more at www.nordtechub.org.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York State is building for the future with strategic investments in next-generation technologies and workforce development to promote sustainable economic growth. This Department of Defense grant – and the collaborative efforts of the NORDTech partners – will strengthen our continued buildout of this dynamic industry, and we’re grateful to Senator Schumer and our federal partners for their support.”

Dave Anderson, President of NY CREATES said, “On behalf of NY CREATES, we are extremely grateful for the incredible leadership of Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Governor Hochul, who have both laid the groundwork for this exciting announcement through their continued delivery of strategic semiconductor-centered investments which have contributed to U.S. competitiveness while making our state the preeminent innovation hub in the nation. As a result of today’s announcement, we look forward to building the Northeast Defense Technology Hub in the Microelectronics Commons region in and around New York State with our partners, including the University at Albany’s CNSE, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and IBM. Initiatives like this are not only significant in and of themselves, but they also further foster growth of New York’s established high-tech ecosystem by leveraging our world-class semiconductor-focused resources, capabilities, and facilities to secure the future of microelectronics for the nation.”

“New York is home to one of America’s premier semiconductor ecosystems, delivering breakthroughs that have made chips more powerful, smaller, greener and ready for the era of artificial intelligence. IBM is proud to play a key part in that ecosystem alongside several of New York’s world class research universities. Our work together in this new Department of Defense Microelectronics Commons Hub will solidify the state’s role at the forefront of chip innovation. This leadership only happens through the hard work of leaders like Majority Leader Schumer, Governor Hochul and others,” said Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM.

“This is tremendous news for Upstate New York and for the next generation of high-tech talent across the state,” said Heather Hage, President, and CEO of Griffiss Institute.  “Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the tireless legislative work of Senator Schumer on last year’s CHIPS and Science legislation, and we thank him for his continued advocacy to help grow New York’s high-tech economy.  I would also like to thank Governor Hochul for her support of our vision for NORDTech, as well as the vote of confidence shown in our region by the Pentagon.  This new investment by our nation’s military demonstrates clearly that Upstate New York has what it takes to build the workforce of the future in highly secure, leading-edge semiconductor technology.  I’m proud the Griffiss Institute will contribute to this effort by leveraging our work with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate to help connect the Department of Defense with the world-class research and education capabilities across New York, with a focus on leading high-tech small businesses in emerging technologies such as quantum information science that will be critical to the next generation of microelectronics.”

“NORDTech is a great example of how academia, companies of all sizes, and economic development teamwork will enhance the future of the semiconductor industry in the U.S.,” notes Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Vice President for Research & Innovation at Cornell University. “Cornell appreciates the strong support of Senator Schumer and Governor Hochul to grow this field of research, discovery, translation and inclusive workforce creation across New York, and recognizes the contributions of the many researchers, technical staff, and organizations who built the NORDTech proposal to the Department of Defense. We look forward to working together to convert the potential energy of the MicroElectronic Commons Hubs into the kinetic energy of prototyping and outcomes for new semiconductor-intensive technologies and the expanded workforce that will create them.”

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. said, “Our thanks to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Governor Hochul for providing the leadership and direction needed to drive growth in semiconductor research and development across our state. SUNY’s colleges and universities, powered by NY CREATES and UAlbany’s CNSE, are well positioned for this opportunity because we have state-of-the-art facilities hosting groundbreaking research, excellent faculty and researchers creating innovation, and strong workforce development programs preparing New Yorkers for in-demand careers. We are grateful for the significant investment announced today, and proud of our role in the NORDTech consortium.”

University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez said, “This is extraordinary news for the Capital Region, and the University at Albany is proud to be a part of the consortium that will strengthen and expand New York’s semiconductor sector. Albany NanoTech was early proof of the wisdom of NORDTech’s ‘lab to fab’ approach to microelectronic and semiconductor materials research, and CNSE has been an integral part of that success for nearly two decades. Now, thanks to the leadership of Sen. Schumer, Gov. Hochul and NY CREATES, UAlbany-CNSE stands ready to help ensure New York and the nation remain at the leading edge of semiconductor advances.”

Martin A. Schmidt, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said, “The next generation of microelectronics will be born in New York State. We are proud to be among the founding members of this consortium and are ready to get to work with our partners in higher education, industry, the Capital Region and beyond to make New York a leader in chips innovation. We thank Senator Schumer and Governor Hochul for their continued support and leadership to make this vision a reality.”

“I knew the CHIPS and Science Act would be a game-changer for our region — already a hub of innovation — to become the center of semiconductor resurgence for our nation and a key driver in this critical industry,” Congressman Paul Tonko said. “That’s why I pushed hard to advance this key legislation alongside Majority Leader Schumer and our leading semiconductor manufacturing institutes. I’m thrilled to see this critical investment now being delivered. This funding, made possible through our CHIPS Act, will enable our centers of research, learning, and development to explode in potential, strengthening our economy and creating good paying jobs right here in our region and beyond. As we celebrate this historic announcement, I will continue pushing for federal action to deliver on the promise of a high-tech innovation economy hub in the Capital Region.”

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve fought for federal investment opportunities in innovation for our community,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “This investment out of the CHIPS & Science Act is an exciting step forward in the fight to reestablish the US as a global leader of innovation, and it is no surprise the Finger Lakes Region is included in the first major award. I’m grateful to Senator Schumer for his leadership and collaboration and look forward to continued regional investments.”


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Workforce Training Program Facilitates Manufacturing Careers at NY CREATES’ Gigafactory New York, Home to Tesla

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Buffalo, NY – The Northland Workforce Training Center, along with New York lawmakers, Tesla and members of the greater Buffalo community, are celebrating the first-ever graduating class of Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program.

In partnership with Northland Workforce Training Center, Tesla Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program is designed to prepare graduating high school seniors in Western New York with the financial resources, coursework, and experience needed to launch successful careers in manufacturing and clean energy.

The Tesla Gigafactory is owned and supported by NY CREATES, which leads innovation-focused state-of-the-art research, development, and production centers across New York State, and, coupled with workforce development efforts and leading-edge R&D resources and capabilities, drives economic opportunities across a growing high-tech ecosystem.

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Northland Workforce Training Center Celebrates Inaugural Class of Manufacturing Development Program Graduates

Graduation Ceremony Commemorates the Achievements of 13 Manufacturing Development Program Students as They Embark on Careers in Manufacturing and Clean Energy as Full-Time Gigafactory New York Employees

Buffalo, NY – Today, Northland Workforce Training Center, along with New York lawmakers, Tesla and members of the greater Buffalo community, gathered with immense pride to celebrate the first-ever graduating class of Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program.  

In partnership with Northland Workforce Training Center, Tesla Gigafactory New York’s Manufacturing Development Program is designed to prepare graduating high school seniors in Western New York with the financial resources, coursework, and experience needed to launch successful careers in manufacturing and clean energy.

“The Manufacturing Development Program underscores the importance of investing in our local workforce and ensuring that the next generation of Western New Yorkers are prepared to fill the good-paying jobs that companies like Tesla are bringing to our region,” said Stephen Tucker, President and CEO of the Northland Workforce Training Program. “I am incredibly proud of what these hard-working students have learned and accomplished during their time in the Manufacturing Development Program and look forward to their continued success as they take the next steps in their manufacturing careers here at Gigafactory New York”  

“I am excited to get to work, but also thankful that the program offered me an opportunity to learn a set of transferable skills that will help me throughout my career,” said Shytaneara Porter. “This is an opportunity to work in a rapidly growing clean energy sector that will benefit my local community and New York State’s broader transition to clean energy options.”

This year’s inaugural graduating class of 13 students has not only completed their intensive training but are now poised to contribute their skills and enthusiasm as full-time Production Associates at Gigafactory in New York.  

“Tesla’s partnership with the Northland Workforce Training Center is critical to developing local talent for great careers in advanced manufacturing and energy,” said Tope Ogunniyi, Senior Manager for Gigafactory New York Operations. “We are proud to partner with Northland to develop the workforce of the future. This marks the beginning of MDP at Gigafactory New York, and our intention is to continue to expand this program to more Buffalonians. The thirteen graduates we are celebrating today are getting more than a job, they are getting a pathway to a rewarding career that will impact New York State’s ability to meet its clean energy goals. It is an exciting day for them, for Tesla and for the City of Buffalo.”

“Congratulations to the graduates of Tesla’s Manufacturing Development Program. Your hard work has paid off, you will now become a part of Buffalo’s growing manufacturing industry,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “Thank you to Tesla, for joining forces with the Northland Workforce Training Center to help create a pathway to success for our local workforce.”


The Northland Workforce Training Center serves as a hub for advanced manufacturing education and workforce development, nurturing skilled talent in Buffalo, New York, and empowering individuals to embark on successful careers in high-demand industries.