After years of strategizing, SUNY Erie Community College’s three-campus plan has been accepted for inclusion within the state’s START-UP NY Program, which provides a synergistic operational relationship between businesses, higher education institutions, and its career-focused students, as well as tax relief for eligible businesses who operate on or near state college campuses.
“Businesses aided by START-UP NY foster job growth in the community, as well as enhance the academic mission of its sponsor campus,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “ECC is already known throughout Western New York as a leader in job training and affordable, career-focused courses, so we look forward to expanding these capabilities through our involvement in this program.”
ECC’s participation with eligible businesses will allow for the creation of internships and other work experience opportunities for qualified ECC students and graduates. Additionally, ECC’s involvement will enhance and further the academic mission of the college, as well as signal its willingness to partner with other businesses who qualify for START-UP NY. The community college already boasts more than 300 business partnerships throughout the region. These have been critical to ECC’s success, as well as vital in providing workplace experience for its students and graduates.
START-UP NY offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to function tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State. Partnering with these schools gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources and experts in key industries.