Last Thursday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will invest $30 million to develop a 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome “to advance the burgeoning Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry in Central New York.”

The funds represent the second phase of Project U-SAFE, which “aims to accelerate the testing, certification and safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the airspace.”

Gov. Cuomo said:

“This major development builds on Central New York’s strengths and will cement the region as a global hub for this rapidly growing industry. With strategic investments in emerging high-growth sectors, we are strengthening regional economies across New York and reinvigorating this state’s spirit of innovation and enterprise.”