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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the sale of IBM's micro-chip manufacturing facility in Essex Junction to manufacturer GlobalFoundries has received federal approval and has been finalized.

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As upstate New York continues to establish itself as a hub for high-tech industry, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today in Saratoga Springs for a chemical manufacturing company that will supply the region with an important product.

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Some in Saratoga County are praising the recent deal between computer chip manufacturer Global Foundries and IBM, saying that it could bring more economic opportunity to the region.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the IBM-GlobalFoundries deal and an Albany Common Council Vote on red-light cameras in the capital city.

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GlobalFoundries hosted an open house at its computer chip fabrication facility in the Saratoga County town of Malta Monday evening. 

GlobalFoundries held the event to allow workers’ families and community members to see the facility and get a better understanding of how the company and its Fab 8 semiconductor manufacturing facility operate.

The company operates its Fab 8 campus at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, and employs more than 1,000 workers at the facility.

NY Plans Free Associate's Degree For 6,000

Sep 2, 2013
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New York officials say 16 new partnerships between state colleges, public schools and private companies will result in 6,000 students earning associate's degrees at no cost to their families and put them at the front of the line for those companies' skilled jobs in manufacturing, information technology and health care.

The so-called P-TECH model follows IBM's Pathways in Technology Early College High School program in New York City.

According to the governor's office, pending negotiation of each applicant's budget, they will enroll their first class in September 2014.

One of the largest companies in Saratoga County could be expanding, as local officials work to develop a new economic plan for the region.

At a meeting Monday evening, the Malta Town Board voted unanimously to approve zoning legislation to allow GlobalFoundries, a computer chip manufacturer, to expand by building a second facility.

The company had been working with the town since it submitted its proposal for the 575,000 square-foot Fab 8.2 project last winter.

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Citizens turned out for a Monday evening public hearing regarding some amendments proposed by chip fabrication company GlobalFoundries for its Fab 8.2 project that will impact Malta's planned development district.  

GlobalFoundries is seeking amendments pertaining to clean room space, enlarging the fab's overall footprint, extending building height limits and revised traffic mitigation.

New statistics released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that from June 2011 to June 2012 Saratoga County experienced the largest employment growth in New York State at 3.1 percent, with strong job growth in manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Alan Grattidge for his reaction to the positive numbers

Education and business officials came together today in Saratoga County with the high tech future in mind.  GlobalFoundries and the Center for Economic Growth organized the meeting at the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park to develop a regional 13 county laboratory to promote the future of an educational system that must meet the needs of a growing technology sector. Michael Tucker is the CEO and executive director of the Center for Economic Growth. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.