JAMESTOWN, NY-- Governor Cuomo was back in Western New York Wednesday. This time, it was to talk about Start-Up NY for Chautauqua County.
The governor spoke at Jamestown Community College.
Back in May, Cuomo unveiled his Start Up NY plan to give new employers and their employees 10 years of tax-free living if they locate on or near college campuses in New York state.
"This has been one of the most productive legislative sessions on record for communities in Upstate New York," Governor Cuomo said in a released statement. "Over the past two years, we've changed the economic development paradigm from an Albany-top-down model to a jobs agenda built from the ground up. This year, we put those efforts into high gear. From lowering middle class taxes to their lowest rates in sixty years to launching innovative tech-transfer initiatives and investing in higher education, it has already been a banner year for upstate economic development. 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. 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 said in a statement, "SUNY campuses are centers of research and innovation across the state, and making this smart investment in our students and the ideas of today will mean the scientific breakthroughs and jobs of tomorrow. SUNY is the economic driver in New York State and because of Governor Cuomo's visionary ideas and leadership we are now poised to create more opportunities for New Yorkers, foster new businesses and commercialization, and help transform communities all across the state."
The state is partnering with SUNY colleges and some private colleges as part of the initiative.