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Wed May 9, 2012
Obama: The Day After
President Obama's visit to the UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering may be in the books - but it's still the talk of the town - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports
The President's third visit to the region in as many years is being hailed as "a feather in the cap" of UAlbany's Nanotech college.
President Obama praised SUNY's high-tech success in Albany, calling it a model for the rest of the country - SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher agrees.
CNSE hasn't escaped notice by the Republican who will likely challenge Obama for the presidency come November : Mitt Romney has cited Albany's nanotechnology initiative as "vital to the economy and to our nation's competitiveness." Congressman Chris Gibson stressed the importance of bipartisanship. H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the State University Board of Trustees, believes Congress has been Obama's biggest roadblock.
Assemblyman Jack McEneny feels the Presidential visit caps years of achievement for the Greater Capital Region - The innovation at CNSE continues : Steve Janack is Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the Nano College - he explains the importance of Nano Career Day - happening right now on campus. Janack says three-quarters of the most recent Nano College graduates reamin in New York State working at high tech companies or continuing their education.
Janack notes students from other states are finding they have better opportunities here in New York, and are staying here as opposed to going back to where they came from.