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HWS forum will address Micron’s $100B chip plant: How will it impact the region?

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) will host a panel discussion on the potential regional impact of Micron Technology’s $100 billion computer chip complex in Central New York.

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The event, featuring a blend of political and business development experts, is scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 27, at the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.

The discussion, open to the public, will be moderated by HWS President Mark D. Gearan and will delve into how the Micron complex is expected to transform the area.

Panelists include New York State Senators Jeremy Cooney (D-56th) and Pam Helming (R-54th), along with David Grome ’07, Managing Director of Business Development at Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Ben Sio ’07, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Policy, and Planning at the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.

They will share insights into business development in New York and the expected economic benefits of the Micron facility. The complex, slated for construction in Clay, N.Y., is projected to generate 9,000 jobs over 20 years, making it the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in the country.

Senator Cooney, representing the 56th District since 2021, highlighted the plant as a “transformational moment for Upstate New York,” emphasizing its potential to create job opportunities and reassert the state’s competitive edge in advanced manufacturing.

Senator Helming, serving the 54th District since 2017, brings extensive experience in the private sector and public service, adding depth to the forum. The panelists’ diverse backgrounds, ranging from government service to business strategy and economic development, will provide a comprehensive perspective on the significant economic and social implications of the Micron Technology initiative for Central New York.