March 25-26, 2013; Albany, New York
Contact: New York Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Melissa Waheibi
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Ten journalists from France, Spain, Japan, Korea, and China traveled to Albany, NY, March 25-26 to look at the burgeoning semiconductor industry in the state capital region. Journalists spent the first day at the University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, an institution marrying academic research with private-sector commercialization in the development of the next generation of silicon chips. The College, which will graduate its first class in May, estimates that it has spurred billions of dollars in private investments that have helped create 12,500 high-tech jobs statewide, a number expected to double within ten years. The journalists also visited the GE Global Research office, the first industrial research lab in the U.S. Lastly they toured GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the world's first semiconductor foundry, which has approximately two million square feet in development and has created more than 2,000 new jobs since its groundbreaking in 2009. This reporting tour exposed foreign correspondents to the heavy investment that is taking place in many parts of the U.S. in high-tech manufacturing. Part two of the "Made in America" tour will take place in Rochester, NY in May and will focus on the optics industry.