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Tech Valley

Tech Valley
Name origin: From "Tech" for the high-tech industries and "Valley" for the Hudson Valley
Country United States
State New York
Region Upstate New York
Principal cities Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Plattsburgh, Kingston, Glens Falls
Highest point Mount Marcy
 - location Keene, Essex County
 - elevation 5,343 ft (1,629 m)
Lowest point Hudson River at sea level
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Area 15,637 sq mi (40,500 km2)
Population 2,312,952 (2010)
Density 148 / sq mi (57 / km2)
Timezone Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)
Area code 518 and 845

Tech Valley is a marketing name for the eastern part of the U.S. state of New York. It includes the Hudson Valley and Capital District, along with portions of the Mohawk Valley and North Country.[1] Originated in 1998 to promote the greater Albany area as a high-tech competitor to regions such as Silicon Valley, it has since grown to represent the counties in New York between IBM's Westchester County plants in the south and the Canadian border to north. Tech Valley encompasses 19 counties.[1]


  • History 1
    • Luring a chip-fab plant 1.1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Tech Valley Chamber Coalition 4
  • Organizations that use the Tech Valley name 5
  • References 6


The name "Tech Valley", or "Techneurial Valley" as it was originally used, is usually credited to Wallace "Wally" Altes, a former president of the Albany-Colonie Regional

  1. ^ a b "About Tech Valley". Tech Valley Chamber Coalition. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  2. ^ Eric Anderson and Larry Rulison (September 20, 2009). "Obama nods to Tech Valley". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d Wallace Altes and Lyn Taylor (March 2008). "Tech Valley turns ten". Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Digging for developers". Albany Business Review. March 27, 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  5. ^ David Orenstein (March 11, 1998). "Region hopes to make a name for itself". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ Jo-Ann Johnston (October 7, 1999). "Tech Valley Image has winning edge". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Tech Valley Update". Albany Times Union. April 5, 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Tech Valley Update (Cont'd)". Albany Times Union. August 9, 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  9. ^ "New on Tech Valley roads". Albany Times Union. January 23, 2000. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ Richard Parezpea (July 19, 2002). "Albany no longer a secret in high-tech chip world".  
  11. ^ Alan Weschler (April 21, 2006). "Region rich in business history". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  12. ^ Larry Rulison (August 11, 2006). "Tech Valley High wins funding commitments". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  13. ^ David Orenstein (December 11, 1997). "State hunting for chip-fabricating sites". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  14. ^ David Orenstein (January 15, 1998). "8 sites proposed for new computer chip plant". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  15. ^ David Orenstein (March 5, 1998). "Local sites touted for chip plants". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  16. ^ Laura Lee (June 12, 1998). "Review of chip plan on track". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  17. ^ Michele Morgan Bolton (March 5, 1999). "Public sees two sides to chip plant". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  18. ^ Michele Morgan Bolton (October 15, 1999). "Board rejects chip plants". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  19. ^ Keri Mattox (July 27, 2009). "Region still in chip-fab market". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  20. ^ Kenneth Crowe III (May 30, 2002). "Saratoga County pushes tech park". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  21. ^ Chris Churchill (September 27, 2009). "Cranes & Scaffolding". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  22. ^ Larry Rulison (October 6, 2009). "Region bested Russia, Brazil for fab". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  23. ^ a b "Tech Valley Chamber Coalition". Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on May 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 


  • Tech Valley Communications (1999)
  • Tech Valley Homes Real Estate (2001)
  • Tech Valley Angel Network (2001)
  • Tech Valley Chamber Coalition (2002)
  • Tech Valley Technologies (2003)
  • Tech Valley Office Interiors (2005)
  • Tech Valley High School (2007)
  • Tech Valley Center of Gravity (2012)
  • StartUp Tech Valley (2013)

Organizations that use the Tech Valley name

- [23]The 24 local chambers are

The Tech Valley Chamber Coalition is an organization that is made up of 24 local chambers of commerce throughout the 19 counties of Tech Valley. Those 24 chambers represent over 21,000 businesses, schools, and organizations that employ more than 531,000 workers. It was formed in June 2002 and manages the Tech Valley Portal, and publishes an annual publication called Images of Tech Valley.[23]

Tech Valley Chamber Coalition

Tech Valley had a population estimate in 2010 of 2,312,952, a 9.2 percent increase over the 2000 census. The population density is 148 people/sq. mile. 51 percent of the population is female, with 48.2 percent male. 88.5 percent of the population is White, 6.2 percent Black, 4.9 percent Latino, 1.5 percent Asian. The median age in Tech Valley is 37.5 years.[3]


Tech Valley is a 19 county region in eastern New York stretching from the Canadian-US border to the northern suburbs of the city of New York. The 19 counties are Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. The region is 15,637 square miles; it is about 270 miles north-south at its longest and about 80 miles east-west at its widest.[3]


[22] In 2002, the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) began to tout its proposed tech park, to be named the

The goal of luring a computer chip fabrication plant (chip fab) was one of the earliest goals of, and reasons for, the Tech Valley name. The plan to get a chip fab to the Capital District predates the Tech Valley slogan. In 1997, New York set out submissions for possible chip fab sites that it could whittle to 10 sites around the state that would be pre-approved and pre-permitted for a chip plant. Years before that the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's RPI Tech Park had been visited by semiconductor companies, but they had chosen not to build.[13] The renewed interest by the region in luring them was spurred by the research centers and training of specialists for the industry by area colleges such as the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Hudson Valley Community College. Responding to the state's request for potential sites Rensselaer County proposed the same RPI Tech Park site, Schenectady County proposed two sites, one of which was in Hillside Industrial Park in Niskayuna, Saratoga County proposed two sites, and Albany County proposed three sites, two in Bethlehem and one in Guilderland.[14] The state ultimately decided on 13 sites it would aggressively promote, several were in Tech Valley.[15] As one of the thirteen sites chosen, the RPI Tech Park site originally met little opposition from the town of North Greenbush in which it sat.[16] As time progressed opposition grew in response to concerns about potential impacts on traffic and the environment.[17] The RPI Tech Park site, which by October 1999 had become one of only nine sites still being marketed by the state, ended when the North Greenbush town council voted to terminate the review process.[18] A site in Wallkill, Orange County was the first site in Tech Valley and in the entire state to receive pre-approval for a chip fab.[19]

Luring a chip-fab plant

At first the name Tech Valley was derided as over-enthusiastic self-boosterism, but SEMATECH's decision in 2002 to put its new plant at the University at Albany, SUNY began Tech Valley's rise in the public's perception.[10] In 2004, however, when Bill Gates was asked by an Albany Times Union reporter what he thought about Tech Valley, he responded that he had no idea where that was;[11] two years later though, $400,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was used to fund the Tech Valley High School.[12]

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College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering


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