The latest plans to transform New York's four public university centers into top national research facilities and high-technology job producers were released Wednesday in a proposal for a "smart energy" research facility at the University at Binghamton.
Already gaining a national reputation in academics and higher visibility in Division I sports, Binghamton University wants to lead research in varied energy areas, including thinner solar panels and phone batteries that never run down.
The $70 million energy research facility would create 150 faculty positions, 175 staff positions and 60 researchers. The economic impact for the Southern Tier was estimated at $77.5 million a year, including 840 permanent jobs on and off campus.
"The plan is truly impressive," Cuomo said Wednesday. He said the overall program will transform university centers at Binghamton, Stony Brook on Long Island, Buffalo and Albany "the spear head of economic development efforts."