SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to announce Empire State Development has granted formal approval of SUNY Cobleskill’s START-UP NY Campus Plan. An initiative developed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and launched in 2014, START-UP NY aims to transform communities throughout the state by establishing strong, mutually beneficial relationships between eligible businesses and SUNY Campuses. With this approval, SUNY Cobleskill can begin to lay the foundation for creating valuable commerce-driven partnerships which will economically and academically enrich the campus community and Schoharie County area.

The START-UP NY program provides eligible business with the opportunity to operate tax-free for ten years when they locate in tax-free areas on or in proximity to SUNY Campuses. SUNY Cobleskill’s approved plan designates three separate areas as tax-free areas – the campus located Fredrick R. Bennett Recreation Center and Ski Lodge, as well as two off-campus spaces, the Guilford Mills complex in Cobleskill and a 3,500 square-foot warehouse facility in Warnerville. “The College’s participation in the START-UP NY program will ultimately create jobs in the local community and will provide opportunities for students to engage with private industry in a number of ways,” remarks Jason Evans, Associate Professor of Agriculture Business Management at SUNY Cobleskill and campus contact for the START-UP NY program at SUNY Cobleskill. Businesses whose operations align with the College’s mission as an agricultural and technical institution will be given priority, including businesses engaged in food processing, food cultivation, energy research, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical research and production and information technology development.

Businesses seeking to expand operations or move into the area from out-of-state have been working with the College throughout this process to develop their official applications for program participation. The formal business application review process at SUNY Cobleskill will begin immediately.