There are many ways in which a business might align with or support a school’s academic mission. A school’s academic mission will focus on the programs, research, culture and curriculum of the college or university. Determining which school will be the best place for your business to thrive is part of the application process.
SUNY, CUNY and independent colleges and universities:
- Will be Entrepreneurial Tax-Free Communities
- Will approve businesses that further their mission
- Will identify eligible space and land
Featured Campus Plans
Adirondack Community College
Adirondack Community College designated 45.68 acres of vacant campus land in the Town of Queensbury (Warren County). The college will target a variety of manufacturers (including those of medical devices), businesses in sustainable agriculture, beverages, electrical engineering, environmental research and development, software development, information technology and new-media solutions, and biotech research and development.
Albany Medical College
Albany Medical College has designated 9,859 square feet of vacant space on campus, including 2,000 square feet of laboratory space. The college will seek to enhance the Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center (BACC) by targeting businesses in the areas of biomedicine, bioengineering, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Binghamton University has designated 132,900 square feet on campus that includes incubator space comprising part of the Southern Tier regional Hotspot. A wide variety of businesses are being targeted, including those in electronics packaging, energy efficiency and renewable energy, nanotechnology, health sciences, market analytics, human resources, media technologies, cybersecurity and life sciences/pharmaceuticals.
Broome Community College
Broome Community College designated 4,238 square feet of vacant space on campus in Binghamton. The college will target businesses in high-tech manufacturing, agricultural manufacturing and food processing, and businesses involved in the development and production of hardware and software, medical equipment, corrections equipment and supplies, hospitality equipment and supplies, brewing equipment and supplies, and agricultural equipment and supplies.
Buffalo State College
Buffalo State College has designated 24,330 square feet of vacant space on campus. The school is targeting existing high-growth companies along with new business start-ups.
Clarkson University has designated 28,000 square feet in its downtown campus. The university will target businesses focused on high technology, including web development, nanoscience, materials and sustainable technologies. Recognizing the unique assets of the geography surrounding the campus and the protected Adirondack Park landscape, Clarkson will also seek to leverage its environmental and energy expertise to support value-adding business models that take natural resources such as produce, farm products and wood production for export.
Clinton Community College
Clinton Community College designated 24,086 square footage of vacant space and 1.75 acres of vacant land on campus in Plattsburgh. The college will target businesses focused on industrial technology, computer technology, renewable energy or environmental technology, biotechnology and aerospace, along with advanced manufacturing, transportation manufacturing and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing.
Columbia University has designated 16,241 square feet of campus space in SoHo and in Washington Heights on the campus of the Columbia University Medical Center. Columbia recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources available. To that end, the university has targeted high-technology start-ups.
Cornell University has designated 35,830 square feet of vacant space and nearly 81 acres of developable land on campus and 79,151 square feet of vacant space and land off campus. The school is targeting businesses that fit within several of the core research areas of the university, including advanced materials, agriculture and food, chemical industry, communications and electronics, genetics, life sciences, green technology, and imaging and optics.
CUNY Bronx Community College
CUNY Bronx Community College designated 4,475 square feet of vacant space and 2.2 acres of vacant land on campus in the Bronx. The college will target hi-tech businesses or businesses in the formative stages of development, including those involved with information technology, biotechnology and/or biomedical device development, automotive technology, manufacturing technology, engineering technology, material science and nanotechnology and related businesses, medical technological methods (pharmaceuticals), and sustainability/energy conservation and emissions reduction businesses.
CUNY College of Staten Island
CUNY College of Staten Island designated 22,286 square feet of vacant space and 10.70 acres of vacant land on campus on Staten Island. The college will target hi-tech companies and businesses in the formative stages of development related to technology and research and data analytics.
CUNY York College
CUNY York College designated 3.5 acres of vacant land on campus in Queens. The college will target hi-tech companies and businesses in the formative stages of development, including those involved with pharmaceutical research and manufacturing, medical device research and manufacturing, water resource management and purification, supply chain logistics and aviation, wireless technology, energy and energy-related technologies, and food science research and manufacturing.
Finger Lakes Community College
Finger Lakes Community College is proposing to designate 2,200 square feet of vacant campus space in Canandaigua. The college will target businesses involved with instrument design and development, software development, surveillance drone design and development, bio-manufacturing, commercial salmon aquaculture, viticulture and wine technology, and advanced manufacturing and machining.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Fulton-Montgomery Community College designated 150 acres of vacant land on campus in Amsterdam, NY. The college will target businesses in hi-tech/advanced manufacturing, agribusiness/food processing that use hi-tech production processes, distribution facilities that incorporate hi-tech equipment in their processing, and start-up businesses that focus on new product development.
Hartwick College has designated 50,000 square feet of vacant land on campus. The school will target businesses that fit within several of the core research areas of the college, including biomedical research, environmental research, geotechnical research, health care research and technology, as well as industries in agriculture and food (hops cultivation and processing), bioengineering, renewable energy development, arts production and business marketing.
Jamestown Community College
Jamestown Community College has designated 42,800 square feet of vacant space on campus at the Community Services Building at 525 Falconer Street in Jamestown. The college will target manufacturing, biotechnology/research and information technology/computer businesses.
Keuka College has designated 2,530 square feet of off-campus space in the Keuka Business Park. The college has targeted businesses in the areas of software development, business analytics, healthcare informatics and technology, agribusiness, environmental science and technology and biomedical sciences.
Mohawk Valley Community College
Mohawk Valley Community College is proposing to designate 14.6 acres of vacant campus land — 9.6 acres at the Rome Campus and 5 acres at the Utica Campus. The college will target businesses involved with emerging unmanned aerial systems, cyber-security, nanotechnology, biomedical research and manufacturing.
Monroe Community College (MCC)
Monroe Community College (MCC) has designated 130,343 square feet of building space and 34.06 acres of undeveloped land on campus at the MCC Building in Rochester and within MCC’s property in Brighton and Henrietta. The school is targeting businesses in the information systems, computing, optics, allied health, agriculture, homeland security and advanced manufacturing industries.
Onondaga Community College
Onondaga Community College has designated 72 acres of vacant land on its campus. The school is targeting businesses that support core industry clusters included in the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan, such as clean energy and environmental systems, health, biomedical services and biosciences, agribusiness and food processing, advanced manufacturing and tourism.
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has designated 56,081 square feet of space in two buildings on campus that includes space at the Venture Creations Incubator. RIT will seek to establish partnerships through the START-UP NY program with high-tech, high-growth potential and job-generating companies that align with RIT’s academic, research and economic development priorities, including high-tech, sustainability and green technology, sustainable manufacturing, game design and development, film and animation, software development, information technology, cybersecurity, aerospace and imaging.
Rockland Community College
Rockland Community College designated 8.14 acres of land on campus in Suffern and 3,737 square feet of vacant space on the campus extension center in Haverstraw. The college will target businesses in manufacturing, biotechnology, publishing, audiovisual, graphics design, green energy and recycling.
Schenectady County Community College
Schenectady County Community College is proposing to designate 12,369 square feet of vacant space (6,311 square feet on campus and 6,058 square feet off campus) in Schenectady. The college will target businesses involved with nanoscale materials, semi-conductors, alternative energy, supply chain distribution or warehousing, aviation science/air traffic control, computer science/information systems, computer networking and cyber-security, and fire protection technology.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University has designated 172,500 square feet of building space and 240 acres on campus, including space at the Stony Brook University R&D Park in Brookhaven and Smithtown, the Stony Brook Calverton Incubator Campus, the Southampton Campus and the Stony Brook Medicine Campus. The school is targeting companies in biotechnology, wireless and information technology, advanced materials, smart grid information technologies, electronics, engineering and remanufacturing technologies, film post-production and process technologies, as well as food processing, testing and analysis.
Sullivan County Community College
Sullivan County Community College has designated 18.1 acres of vacant campus land. The school will target businesses in green technologies and innovation, software development and services, and food and beverage manufacturing that assist local producers in moving product from farm to market.
SUNY Brockport is proposing to designate 44,635 s/f of vacant space and 211.4 acres of vacant land on campus property located in the City of Rochester and the school’s west campus in the Town of Sweden (Monroe County). The college will target businesses in light manufacturing; mobile, wireless and personal area networks and related technology; digital media; energy innovation/green technology; public health and human services; biotech; environmental monitoring/watershed management/remediation; aquaculture and education.
SUNY Canton is proposing to designate 1,365 square feet of vacant space and 31.08 acres of vacant land on campus in Canton. The college will target research and development businesses focused on manufacturing of alternative/renewable energy systems, safety systems for vehicles, biomedical products, technologies for law enforcement, and sports safety/performance. In addition, SUNY Canton will target firms in construction management technologies, data storage and analytics, agricultural processing and software development.
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE)
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) has designated 110,245 square feet of vacant space on campus that includes the Albany NanoTech Complex at the main campus on Fuller Road, the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center in downtown Albany, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center in Canandaigua, New York. CNSE will target businesses in nanofabrication, nano-bio health, clean energy and environmental technologies and information technology, including information technology infrastructure and data analytics.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
SUNY Downstate Medical Center has designated 587,000 square feet of space in Brooklyn at the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and Commercial Synthetic Chemistry Facility, and the BioBAT facility at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The school is targeting start-up and early stage life sciences and technology businesses, mature biotechnology, biomedical/life sciences, and high-tech and pharmaceutical companies.
SUNY Geneseo designated 1,901 square feet of vacant space on campus and 12.1 acres of vacant campus land. The school will target manufacturers of precision farming technologies and alternative energy/sustainability technologies, and designers of mining and geological exploration and production equipment. In addition, SUNY Geneseo will target businesses in digital media, data sciences, learning sciences and innovative content publishing.
SUNY Morrisville designated 344.22 acres of vacant campus land (on campus) and 12,258.5 square footage of vacant campus space in Morrisville. The college will target businesses involved with agriculture, food processing technology, bio-energy and equine studies.
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz has designated 1,688 square feet of vacant building space on campus and 3.62 acres of vacant campus land. The school will target businesses in areas such as 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, digital media production, software development, and design for location in its tax-free space.
SUNY Oneonta designated 15,965 square footage of vacant space and 0.65 acres of vacant land on campus, as well as 27,600 square footage of vacant space off-campus in the City of Oneonta. The college will target businesses in the natural sciences, information technology, criminal justice and law enforcement, cyber security and data storage, energy storage and alternative energy, textile design, manufacturing, printing and telecommunication operations.
SUNY Plattsburgh has designated 8,868 square feet of vacant space in Redclay Hall on campus in the city of Plattsburgh. The college will target information technology businesses, new media, supply chain management service companies and other businesses that are consistent with the college’s Canadian studies and environmental studies curriculums.
SUNY Potsdam has designated 13,600 square feet of vacant office space, 12,000 of which is off campus at the Potsdam Commerce Park, and 67 acres of vacant campus land. The school is targeting computer programming/electronic gaming, clean energy, environmentally sustainable, tourism, and music and arts related businesses as well as import/export businesses.
SUNY Ulster has designated 168,000 square feet in TechCity, the former IBM facility in Kingston which was converted to a commercial and light industrial complex off campus. The school is targeting businesses in the manufacturing, computer networking and cybersecurity, advertising design and graphic technology, and environmental services industries.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
SUNY Upstate Medical University designated 172,300 square feet of vacant space on campus and 21.86 acres of vacant campus land. The school will target businesses in the health and life sciences involved with developing healthcare-related IT, medical devices, therapeutic compounds, diagnostics, biologics, research instruments or any other type of biomedical innovation.
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Tompkins Cortland Community College has designated 2,100 square feet of a facility on their Cortland Extension Center property in Cortland, as well as 35 acres of vacant land on their main campus in the town of Dryden. The college will target businesses in biotechnology, computer information systems, science and forensics, communications, media arts and broadcast production, agriculture and wine marketing, and web and mobile application design.
University at Albany
The University at Albany has designated nearly 20,000 square feet of vacant space and 54 acres of vacant land on its uptown, downtown and east campuses. The school is targeting businesses that align with the SUNY2020 four transformation research clusters: climate and environmental science research, biomedical science and biotechnology, forensic science and cyber security, and advanced data analytics.
University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo designated 276,286 square feet of vacant space both on and off campus and incubator space in Buffalo. Space is included on the downtown, north and south campuses. The school will target Western New York businesses that support industry clusters included in the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan and the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan, such as advanced manufacturing, agriculture, clean technology and energy, and health and life sciences.
University of Rochester
University of Rochester has designated 105,894 square feet of space, including space at High Tech Rochester and at the Eastman Business Park. The university will target companies in the areas of high technology and life sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology, manufacturing, information technology, chemical industry, nanotechnology, optics & imaging and the semiconductor industry.