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State commits $3 million for center at Eastman Business Park

By MIKE DICKINSON - 2/20/2014 2:55:25 PM

The state will commit $3 million to the Eastman Business Park Bioscience Manufacturing Center slated to begin construction later this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The construction of the $25 million, 60,000-square-feet facility, which is planned to improve equipment for converting non-food plant materials into biofuels and biochemicals, is estimated to create hundreds of new jobs, Cuomo said during a visit to Eastman Business Park.

The Eastman Business Park is the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s top priority and is a crucial asset in both job creation and economic development in the region, Cuomo said. He also outlined his 2014-15 Executive Budget during his appearance.

“This investment will create hundreds of new jobs for the community, grow the local economy and position the Finger Lakes region as a leader in the renewable energy industry,” Cuomo said.
 
The project is to consist of transportation infrastructure improvements and the production, fermentation tanks and storage equipment. Once operational, the center is projected to be able to process up to 30,000 tons of sugars annually.

Formerly known as Kodak Park, the Eastman Business Park is a 1,200-acre technology and industrial complex in the city of Rochester and town of Greece.

“The creation of a bioscience manufacturing center at Eastman Business Park is a critical first step to the build-out of a full biomaterials ecosystem here, which will contribute to the continuing revitalization of Rochester and the region,” said Kodak president and CEO Antonio Perez in a release from Cuomo’s office.

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