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Schumer says tech bill could bring computer chip manufacturer to Onondaga County

Ellen Abbott
WRVO Public Media
Sen. Charles Schumer at Syracuse University.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has unveiled a plan he said will boost Syracuse’s tech economy.

Manufacturing, research and development, and STEM education and training would all get a boost from a $160 billion bipartisan plan, making its way through the U.S. Senate. Among the landing places for some of that cash according to Schumer; the vacant White Pine Commerce Park in Onondaga County.  Schumer said the 450-acre publicly owned business park, would be a great spot for a computer chip manufacturer.

"There are five big chip manufacturers,” Schumer said. “I’ve talked to the CEOs of three of them, to locate at Clay in the White Plains (sic) Commerce Park. And I think we have a decent chance there, if this bill passes."

Schumer said if a chip manufacturer comes to central New York, it would have the same size workforce as the Carrier Corporation at its peak. The Endless Frontier Act would also invest in research and education, and potentially benefit local research institutions and the Syracuse Surge initiative. Schumer expects the legislation to pass the Senate in May.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.