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The New York IT and electronics industry is charging ahead


New York State continues to be at the forefront of the high-tech electronics industry through innovative tax incentives and other support for research and development (R&D), capital investment and advanced electronics manufacturing. Several of the industries and sectors that benefit from the state’s robust R&D facilities, tech infrastructure and workforce include semiconductors, power electronics, photonics, photovoltaics, nanotechnology and many others.


By working with private companies and establishing public-private partnerships, billions of dollars have been invested in SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s (SUNY Poly) Albany complex, where cutting-edge research is performed by industry leaders such as Applied Materials, General Electric, GlobalFoundries, IBM, LAM Research and Tokyo Electron. These efforts have firmly positioned New York State at the forefront of semiconductor R&D.



in the nation for high-tech employment


New Yorkers work in high-tech positions


to support New York State innovation and job creation is available through the Innovate NY Fund

Key facts

New York State keeps the high-tech and electronics industries innovative with great tax initiatives, an educated workforce, and the support of organizations focused on the future. Here’s how New York helps business excel:

  • New York State ranks No. 2 in the nation in academic R&D expenditures, and this research is split almost evenly between upstate and downstate colleges and universities.
  • New York State ranked fourth in technology and innovation in 2016 (CNBC), thanks to the state’s well-educated and technologically literate workforce.
  • Investments in R&D facilities are eligible for a 9% corporate tax credit.
  • Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) funds 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) to encourage greater collaboration between private industry and the universities of the state in the development and application of new technologies. The program facilitates basic and applied research, development and technology transfer in collaboration with private industry. 
  • The New York State Smart Grid Consortium supports tech companies by bringing together the world’s leading energy experts to identify opportunities showing the most promise for broader smart grid technology deployment, including microgrids. The organization promotes shared institutional knowledge and accelerates the advancement of technical change. It is the only organization of its type in the U.S.
  • In New York City alone, nearly 7,000 high-tech companies provided more than 100,000 jobs during the third quarter of 2013.

A strong tech economy


New York State’s excellence in IT and electronics comes from having a strong educational and research backbone that the industry can leverage and rely upon. This is bolstered by New York’s world-class educational and research institutions, as well as our Centers of Excellence which focus on multiple high-tech sectors, including the nanoelectronics and electronics industries. Beyond educating today’s tech workers, many of New York’s top universities take an active role in innovation and problem solving in the tech industry itself.


New York State is also home to the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), a public-private partnership to develop the next generation of integrated photonics and deliver global manufacturing leadership. The institute’s Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility, located in Rochester’s 1,200-acre Eastman Business Park, will test, assemble and package microchips for semiconductors.

Industry Contact

Mark Reynolds
Vice President, Strategic Business Development
  • Tech and Electronics