Albany County, City of Albany, and the Newly Merged SUNY
Announce Three-Way Financing Agreement for Zero Energy Technology

Albany County, City of Albany, and the Newly Merged SUNY
Announce Three-Way Financing Agreement for Zero Energy Technology

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:34
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ALBANY, NY – Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT Chief Executive Officer Alain Kaloyeros today announced a three-way financing agreement for the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building currently under construction on the college’s Fuller Road campus.

Under the agreement, believed to be the first of its kind between the County, City, and a not for profit educational entity, the Albany County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will provide access to $186 million in bonds, a proposal that was advanced through the proactive and effective actions of County Executive Daniel McCoy. The transaction will net the county $1.9 million for future economic development.

In addition, SUNY CNSE will provide a $1.9 million matching economic development grant to the city of Albany in support of Mayor Sheehan's financial blueprint and long-term strategy to ensure an economically vibrant city.

The financing will be funded entirely through private revenue generated from ZEN’s corporate tenants and involves no public or taxpayer money of any kind.

“SUNY CNSE is an economic development juggernaut for the city, region, and state, and the county is prepared to do whatever we can to support the continued growth of this crown jewel of New York,” said County Executive Dan McCoy. “This agreement is clearly a win-win-win and the positive outcome we have all been working toward. This investment will have an immediate return for both the county and the city, and the long-term value in having one of the most high tech and green energy buildings on any college campus anywhere in the country is immeasurable. I extend my gratitude to Dr. Kaloyeros and Mayor Sheehan for this great partnership.”

“Vibrant and engaged college campuses are part of any great city, and today SUNY CNSE has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the City of Albany,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “As we watch the ZEN building continue to rise we need no further reminder that nano is driving jobs and economic development in the heart of our great city, and is helping create the technologies of tomorrow. But it is also a partner and strong corporate citizen and neighbor. CNSE is already helping to reinvigorate Albany, including downtown through Kiernan Plaza, and this generous grant will continue to support these efforts. I want to thank Dr. Kaloyeros and County Executive McCoy for their partnership and for working tirelessly to improve our city and region.”

“We explored many avenues to finance ZEN, and it quickly became clear that this was not only the best financial arrangement for CNSE, it was also a tremendous opportunity to support the communities where we live and work,” said SUNY CNSE Chief Executive Officer Alain Kaloyeros. “Financing through the county IDA allows us to re-invest in the region, while providing financial support to the City at Albany enhances further economic development which will draw additional corporate partners to the region and create more local jobs. We are honored to be a part of the fabric of Albany County and the City of Albany, and this agreement would not have been possible without the strong leadership of County Executive Dan McCoy and Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and I extend my gratitude and appreciation to them.”

Today's agreement marks the first of a number of planned joint business and educational partnerships between the County, City, and SUNY CNSE.


About SUNY CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information, visit

About SUNYIT. SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, is New York’s public polytechnic, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies. Its academic offerings in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies, and its programs in professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing, are complemented by athletics, recreational, cultural and campus life programs, events and activities. Founded in 1966, SUNYIT is a unique high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres, offering degree programs online as well as on campus. The SUNYIT family of alumni now numbers 25,000. For information, visit ####

Media Contacts:

Jerry Gretzinger, VP of Strategic Communications and Public Relations, CNSE (518) 956-7359 |

Mary Rozak, ‎Director of Communications, Albany County Executive's Office (518) 447-7040 |

Deborah Sturm Rausch, Communications Director, City of Albany (518) 434-5076 |