Rochester, N.Y. — Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development organization committed to attracting new businesses to the region, and New York Photonics Industry Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and enhancing the New York State optics, photonics and imaging industry, have formed a strategic alliance. The partnership allows both organizations to leverage Greater Rochester, NY’s advantage in optics, photonics and imaging to support business attraction and expansion in the region.
“The Greater Rochester, NY region is a world leader in optics, photonics and imaging,” GRE interim President and CEO Matt Hurlbutt said. “GRE’s partnership with New York Photonics enhances business development efforts to leverage our region’s strengths with OPI companies across the globe. In turn, the upward trend of attracting and retaining world-class businesses will continue to climb.”
Greater Rochester, NY region is rich with knowledge, experience and innovation in optics manufacturing, metrology and imaging. Currently, more than 120 OPI companies employ approximately 17,000 residents in the region with $3 billion in annual sales. The industry continues to grow, with 5% to 7% annual employment increase in small and medium-sized enterprises.
“No region in the nation can match our strategic advantage in optics, photonics and imaging industries. Now is the time to work together to strategically promote our region and enhance its economic growth.” said Thomas Battley, executive director of the New York Photonics Industry Association. “This partnership between GRE and New York Photonics is what is needed now. We are delighted with the prospect of undertaking a marketing effort with GRE.”
The region also is a research and manufacturing hub supported by the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and Rochester Institute of Technology. University of Rochester is responsible for educating more than 60% of the optics Ph.D.’s in the nation. The region also generates a vast number of the nation’s patents in optics, photonics and imaging technologies and holds the number one spot for per capita patents in the nation. Approximately 95% of OPI patent holders still live in Rochester.
To support the partnership, both organizations will attend OPIFAB, the premier optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held on Oct. 16-19; and SPIE Photonics WEST, the world's largest photonics technologies event held on 30 Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2018.
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ABOUT NEW YORK PHOTONICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION:
Responsible for world-changing technologies like television, instant copying, fiber optics and consumer photography, New York businesses and research centers are now developing—and exporting around the world—breakthrough applications for adaptive optics, high-speed communications, geo-spatial imaging, photonic computing, nanolithography, and biomedical imaging. New York Photonics provides problem-solving expertise with a collaborative ethic that maintains rigorous standards and understands the importance of speed to market for optics, photonics and imaging companies. Visit www.rrpc-ny.org for more information.