- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Two high-tech manufacturing companies are coming to the Utica area, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday during a visit to the city, still working to recover following decades of population loss after the decline of the area’s once thriving manufacturing economy.

GE Global Research will be the anchor tenant at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering facility in Utica, Cuomo announced. Electronics company ams AG will build a new plant near Utica in Marcy. Cuomo said that together, the two businesses expect to create more than 1,500 jobs and encourage the state’s growing nanotechnology industry.

“This is a transformative moment that will make a difference in peoples’ lives in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come,” Cuomo said. “The Mohawk Valley is beginning an economic revolution around nanotechnology, and I am excited to see the region take off and thrive, both today and in the years ahead.”

The Democratic governor and his cabinet traveled to Utica as part of his “Capital for a Day” series. The event featured meetings with local residents, business owners and officials intended to highlight Utica’s challenges and opportunities.

“The best way to get government to work is to ask the local government. Ask the local community what they need, how we can help,” Cuomo said during a cabinet meeting. “There’s something about showing up, meeting the people, seeing the places.”

Utica had about 100,000 residents in 1960 but is now home to 62,000 after job losses in manufacturing - a challenge common to many upstate cities.

Last month, the governor brought “Capital for a Day” to Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

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