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Schumer in Genesee County to tout STAMP, green energy investments

Sen. Charles Schumer visited the Genesee County STAMP site on Wednesday (provided)
Sen. Charles Schumer visited the Genesee County STAMP site on Wednesday (provided)

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Genesee County on Wednesday to tout his two-pronged plan to establish the Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) as a domestic hub for the semiconductor and clean energy industries. Schumer said his push would grow and attract new jobs and tenants to the tech campus to boost the Western New York economy and grow new green economy and advanced manufacturing jobs.

The STAMP site is in the running for a new $17 billion Samsung chip fabrication plant; Schumer’s hope is that a portion of the $52 billion in federal incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and research and development in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) will entice the company to build its manufacturing facility at the as-yet unoccupied 1,250-acre site.

Plug Power Inc. has committed to locating its green hydrogen production facility at STAMP, as well as investing $55 million to help build a 345/115KV electric substation in partnership with the New York Power Authority and National Grid. Local and state incentives have been approved to ensure Plug Power’s commitment to the site.

On Wednesday, Schumer (D-NY) detailed his two-pronged plan for STAMP, which, in addition to the Samsung push includes support for securing new hydrogen investments by enacting the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA), which recently passed the Senate.

“The Western New York STAMP campus is the perfect place to establish the next global hub for the semiconductor and clean energy industries,” Schumer said. “Now with STAMP in contention to land Samsung’s $17 billion chip fab and its first tenant Plug Power is building North America’s largest green hydrogen fuel plant here, there’s no site better suited to lead the next tech revolution, and that’s because STAMP, with its shovel-ready facilities, low-cost and reliable utility grid, and top-notch workforce spanning from Buffalo to Rochester and beyond, is tailor-made to suit large-scale tech development. The USICA and IIJA, which I have already secured Senate passage of, and the Budget Reconciliation Bill, which I am working on negotiating now, will all work together to give STAMP the green light it needs to attract and lead established and emerging tech industries.”

Schumer has made calls to Samsung executives to express his support for the project coming to Western New York and emphasized that his efforts were now backed by incentives in the USICA. Schumer’s office confirmed that Samsung officials visited the campus to take a first-hand look at the facilities and said that the site was “very much still in the running.” Schumer also has pushed STAMP with the CEOs of Intel and Micron as an ideal site for them to expand and build new manufacturing operations.

“The STAMP site was designed and is being built to enable the acceleration of new technologies and advances in manufacturing with our outstanding renewable energy and talent availability,” said Genesee County Economic Development Center President and CEO Steve Hyde. “The commitment by Plug Power to bring green hydrogen to the market with Project Gateway at STAMP, and of Senate Majority Leader Schumer to expand the benefits created by Plug Power and green hydrogen manufacturing, are true examples of STAMP’s vision being implemented to the benefit of Genesee County, our region and state, and for the future of our economy and environment.”

Schumer also highlighted other wins for the region in the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill. The region will receive:

· $790,000 for the Genesee County Airport and $27 million for Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport
· For transit, more than $94.5 million for the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority divided over five years.
· The region also will receive a sizable portion of the more than $20 billion devoted for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds, including a carve-out within the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to replace lead service lines in communities statewide.

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