News Release: Empire State Development and the State University of New York Announce the Establishment of NY CREATES

News Release: Empire State Development and the State University of New York Announce the Establishment of NY CREATES

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 16:26
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Empire State Development and the State University of New York News Release

For Immediate Release: December 18, 2019

Empire State Development (ESD) and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science, or NY CREATES, held its first board meeting and is formally leading operations of Fuller Road (FRMC) and Fort Schuyler (FSMC) Management Corporations, two non-profits affiliated with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). Since May 2018, ESD and SUNY have worked together to restructure the portfolio of economic development projects affiliated with SUNY Poly by launching NY CREATES as a single non-profit to manage the portfolio. This strengthens the oversight, management, governance and delivery of projects by focusing the NY CREATES management team on core non-academic, economic development related programs led by Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, Fuller Road Management Corporation and SUNY.

Consistent with its not-for-profit purposes, the mission of NY CREATES is to advance high-tech research, development and commercialization opportunities through the acquisition, construction and management of state-of-the-art facilities and programs, while promoting economic development and education and work force training throughout New York.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, "While today marks the official formation of NY CREATES, the team has already been partner to significant public-private collaboration with ESD, SUNY, and growing companies including Applied Materials, Cree, and IBM. We look forward to these ventures and more emanating from the Capital District to benefit research and job opportunities across the state."

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “This milestone for NY CREATES allows ESD, SUNY, and NY CREATES to build upon the tremendous successes we have made over this last year which includes partnerships with IBM, Applied Materials and Cree and combined private/public investments of over $3 billion into the Upstate economy. I look forward to working with our partners to build upon these accomplishments by expanding opportunities to collaborate with additional academic and industrial partners which will lead to continued smart growth of the high tech industry in New York State.”

NY CREATES is being led by inaugural President Dr. Douglas A. Grose, former CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Since June 2018, Dr. Grose has been serving as President of Fuller Road and Fort Schuyler Management Corporations and as a SUNY executive to oversee existing operations, new opportunities, and the reorganization as NY CREATES.

The Commissioner, President & CEO of ESD and SUNY Chancellor serve as ex-officio advisory representatives to the NY CREATES board. Dr. Bahgat Sammakia, a SUNY distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, the Vice President for Research at Binghamton University and the former interim SUNY Poly President has been designated as the Chair of the NY CREATES Board.  Kristin Proud, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the FRMC Board and who previously served New York State as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Human Services, Technology and Operations, has been designated as Vice Chair of the NY CREATES board.

Dr. Douglas A. Grose, President of NY CREATES said, “NY CREATES was formed to serve as a critical resource for universities, industry partners, and the innovation-centered sector, and we have already been working to build on our successes by leveraging our physical and intellectual assets to further foster collaborations across New York State. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Empire State Development, SUNY, and our other stakeholders to maximize the positive impact of our current projects—and advance new ones—in support of this state’s robust high-tech economic development clusters that provide exciting opportunities for cutting-edge research and job growth.”

Dr. Grace Wang, Interim President of SUNY Poly, said, “SUNY Poly is proud to work with our partners, including Empire State Development and now NY CREATES, to support New York State’s high-tech ecosystem. SUNY Poly has always focused on providing a world-class education to our students, acting as a catalyst for the invaluable high-tech workforce development efforts that enable the continued growth and success of New York State’s 21st century economy. Combined with our faculty’s unmatched innovation-based expertise, SUNY Poly is thrilled to continue its academic and research mission as it bolsters the state’s leadership in the technological areas that are increasingly impacting and improving lives.”

Since May 2018, NY CREATES leadership has been managing the multiple non-profit entities to enhance governance and provide an effective and efficient working environment. As a result, NY CREATES, along with SUNY and New York State, has attracted significant new projects, while building on recent reforms to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability.

In addition to assuming leadership of SUNY Poly’s non-academic industrial partnership-focused economic development portfolio, NY CREATES will collaborate with SUNY, as the lead academic institution, to partner with other universities and colleges across the state; and with ESD, the state’s chief economic development agency, to advance innovative new research and development projects and develop strategic assets that support the growth of high-tech companies.

NY CREATES will continue to build on the successes of prior efforts that have attracted growing and high-paying industries and leading technology companies to New York State, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Tesla, Applied Materials, Cree, Tokyo Electron, Danfoss and others, which has generated thousands of jobs in the Capital Region and across Upstate New York.

Mukesh Khare, Vice President of AI Hardware Research at IBM said “NY CREATES has helped to bring together key collaborators in both the public and private sectors to open new avenues of innovation for IBM’s AI Hardware Research Center in Albany, NY. We value our shared goal to create and incubate hardware technologies to fuel the future of computing.”

“The formation of NY CREATES strengthens New York’s stature as a leading hub for high-tech innovation,” said Om Nalamasu, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Applied Materials. “We deeply appreciate the support and collaboration from the team at NY CREATES along with ESD and SUNY Poly as Applied Materials grows its advanced R&D capabilities in the state.”

Cree CEO Gregg Lowe said, “Cree’s experience working with the Empire State Development team, and NY CREATES, has been a pleasure over the past three months, and we look forward to many more years of collaborating and creating new opportunities for economic development and job creation in the Mohawk Valley.”

With the strong support of ESD, SUNY, and New York State, NY CREATES’ vision is to further expand New York’s position as a technology and economic development leader; leveraging cutting-edge facilities and infrastructure in conjunction with its world-class resources and expertise to enable innovation as well as private and corporate investments to create excellent employment opportunities across New York.

For more information on NY CREATES visit their website at


Kristin Devoe (ESD) | | (518) 292-5107
Holly Liapis (SUNY) | | (518) 320-1311
Steve Ference (SUNY Poly) | 518-956-7319