April 27 2017

Press Release: CEG Announces Major Semiconductor Event in Saratoga Springs

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2017

Media Inquiries:
Timothy Dunn, Dunn Strategy Group


87/90 Semiconductor Summit to Feature NYS Leaders, Industry Experts and Senior Regional Business Executives

ALBANY, NY – Today, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) announced a first of its kind regional semiconductor event to be held in Saratoga Springs, NY. 

The Center for Economic Growth has built this first-ever event – 87/90 Semiconductor Summit – showcasing the region’s legacy of investment, confirming the region’s prominence and positioning the greater Capital Region as the location for the future of the industry.  Taking place on June 8 at the Saratoga City Center, this event will feature some of the most prominent names in the semiconductor industry locally and globally.

While the region has hosted many focused semiconductor industry events in the past, 87/90 Semiconductor Summit will be a unique opportunity for area business leaders to learn more about this innovative industry and for semiconductor industry officials to learn more about New York’s capabilities to propel growth. 

CEG President Andrew S. Kennedy said, “For over 30 years, the Capital Region has made a concentrated effort to develop as a hub for the global semiconductor industry. This event will be an exciting opportunity for our investors and area business leaders to build a broader knowledge base of the industry.  In addition, by bringing semiconductor experts, site selectors, and industry leaders to the area, we continue to promote the Capital Region as a leader in research and development, manufacturing, and innovation.”

This event’s compelling agenda already features confirmed speakers such as:

  • ESDC President Howard Zemsky
  • Semico Research President Jim Feldhan
  • SUNY POLY Interim President Bahgat Sammakia
  • Silicon Catalyst Partner Rich Goldman
  • Fab Owners Association Executive Director Tom Salmon

The daylong event will focus on outlining New York’s history of investment and future opportunities, economic forecasts for the industry, the future of innovation and technology and a variety of niche industry areas of focus, including integrated circuit design.

Keynote tracks include:

Excelsior – The Empire State has a strong history of investment and the future continues to offer opportunities for partnering to drive innovation, technology advancement and public private partnerships.

Economics, Forecast and End Markets – Financial insight from top financial analysts on the industry and region, including a specific focus on the forecast ahead.  

Technology, Innovation and R&D  – Innovation and R&D drive advancements and growth in the semiconductor industry, and New York has been at the forefront for decades. How will innovation such as the leap to 7nm nodes impact the industry, supply chain and the end market.

Additional Tracks include:

MacGyvers of the Industry – The Fab Owners Association represents the unsung heroes of the industry, with companies and fab managers that operate in a stunningly efficient manner due to razor-thin margins.  As IoT becomes more of a reality and consolidation continues, these “small” companies are becoming bigger and much more important.  How are they innovating with older technology and smaller plants?

Innovation Before Copper Touches Silicon  – Design and mask are some of the most vital components of the semiconductor industry.  In many cases, the functionality, performance, efficiency and value of a chip is determined long before anyone puts a bunny suit on.  

Preparing for and Supporting the Industry – Throughout the Northeast semiconductor cluster, regional economic developers have tackled and managed various challenges and opportunities in site development, project management, workforce development and regional engagement in support of the industry.  This Panel Discussion will focus on outlining best practices and lessons learned with regional economic development leaders and moderator Andrew Kennedy from CEG.

For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities or to register, please visit www.ceg.com/events/8790-tech-summit/.

About CEG:

The Center for Economic Growth is a nonprofit, regional economic and business development organization that serves as the primary point of contact for businesses interested in growing in or moving to New York’s Capital Region. Through our longstanding relationships with local economic development officials and regional business leaders, we help businesses navigate the governmental, financial and logistical terrains of any of the eight counties in the Capital Region.


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