Cuomo: Four SUNY schools in Central New York receive $15 million to start environmental health and medicine institute

2013-06-03T18:16:00Z 2013-06-03T21:11:44Z Cuomo: Four SUNY schools in Central New York receive $15 million to start environmental health and medicine instituteRobert Harding | robert.harding@lee.net Auburn Citizen

The state awarded $60 million in the second round of the NY SUNY 2020 grant program, including $15 million for a project that will allow four Central New York colleges and universities to team up with private companies to form the SUNY Institute of Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine. 

The grant awarded to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College will help create 400 construction jobs and 651 permanent jobs. The institute will produce 20 patents and create 22 new start-up companies in five years, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. 

The local companies that will work with the institute include Skaneateles Falls-based Welch Allyn. Colden Corporation, C&S, O'Brien & Gere and ConMed Corporation will also work with the four SUNY schools. 

The grant was one of four announced Monday by Cuomo. Three other projects that will be led by SUNY colleges and universities each received $15 million. 

"The NYSUNY 2020 initiative ties our world-class SUNY system with the state’s economic development goals to both create good jobs for New Yorkers and enhance our higher education curriculum and training and research programs," Cuomo said in a statement. "I am pleased to award a second round of these grants to projects that will make significant investments to our economy and will grow our agricultural, health, manufacturing, technology and clean energy sectors and overall boost the economy in Upstate New York."

This was the second round of the NY SUNY 2020 grant program. Another round was included in the 2013-14 state budget. In the third round of the program, $55 million will be awarded to projects around the state. The budget also included $55 million for the first round of NYCUNY 2020 grants.

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