Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

$10 Million Investment Will Support the Project’s Completion By 2019

ALBANY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that SUNY New Paltz broke ground on a new Engineering Innovation Hub that will help support and diversify the college’s rapidly growing engineering and technology programs.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, along with other regional business and higher education leaders, celebrated the beginning of construction on the 19,500-square-foot facility, which will support collaboration between the college and advanced manufacturing and engineering industries.

“This expansion continues our focus on growing high-tech industries in the Mid-Hudson Valley, while providing quality jobs for men and women throughout the region,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Engineering Innovation Hub is a perfect example of investments in academia that help foster business and industry partnerships, create new jobs, and ensure the next generation of leaders continue moving New York forward.”

The state-of-the-art building is made possible by a $10 million award from the Governor’s NYSUNY 2020 grant program, which supports plans to improve economic development across New York. SUNY New Paltz was also awarded $1 million through the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s Consolidated Funding Application.

The project is expected to yield an overall economic impact of more than $75 million, create more than 100 construction jobs, and support the creation of 195 full-time jobs over a 10-year period.

The Engineering Innovation Hub will house the new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering; the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center; the college’s 3D design and printing program; and space to support businesses participating in START-UP NY.

Once complete, the Hub will directly address the region’s need for talented engineers, support the growth of regional businesses by educating the 21st century workforce, and prepare students to thrive in high-tech careers in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Engineering Innovation Hub is projected to be completed by summer 2019.

The project builds on a legacy of engineering programs at SUNY New Paltz that began in 1984, when Governor Mario Cuomo supported the creation of an undergraduate engineering program at New Paltz.

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