Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will provide $5 million “to support and grow the emerging Unmanned Aerial Systems industry” in Central New York. The funding will support the effort to establish a hub for Unmanned Aerial Systems innovation and manufacturing, including the planning and design of “next generation” Unmanned Aerial Traffic Management infrastructure, national Unmanned Aerial Systems standardized testing and rating facilities, and an innovation district dedicated to unmanned systems in a corridor between the cities of Syracuse and Rome.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Strategic investments in innovation and the industries of tomorrow are key components of our approach to economic development, and this is an emerging sector with high-growth potential. This commitment, and our partnership with regional stakeholders from Central New York, will ensure that New York State continues to lead the way in the development of high-tech, job-creating industries.”