A new plan is being developed to bring businesses to the Plattsburgh State through the START-UP NY program.

The plan, initially drawn up and submitted in December 2013, is an attempt to “entice companies to bring new and expanding ventures to to our communities,” according to a letter PSUC President John Ettling addressed to Sandra Rezec, chair of the PSUC Faculty Senate, from March 2014.

“Governor Cuomo said that START-UP NY has the potential to dramatically improve the economic development prospects of communities across New York State,” Ettling wrote.

Executive Assistant to Ettling Keith Tyo has been acting as the PSUC Campus Coordinator for START-UP NY on the project and said approximately 8,600 square feet have been marked in Redcay Hall as a potential area to act as the hub for businesses to come to campus, spurring job growth, business opportunities, as well as give students hands-on experience in their intended fields. These include computer information technology companies, digital media production and environmental studies groups.

An integral piece of the START-UP NY is the incentives it offers businesses to partner with colleges, Tyo said, including being tax-free for 10 years after coming to campus.

Ettling said two businesses have also been identified as off-campus partners to the program — Northstar Technology Center, located in Chazy, and the Plattsburgh International Airport, where the businesses could integrate into several buildings along the flightline.

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